Australian wins third Ironman Championship title

KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some of the world's top athletes converged on the Big Island this weekend for a true test of endurance.

Mayor Billy Kenoi helped kick off this year's Ironman Championship in Kailua-Kona Saturday morning.

The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.

First place went to Craig Alexander with a time of 8 hours, 3 minutes, and 56 seconds.

That's a new unofficial course record by 12 seconds.

The 38-year old Australian won the competition in 2008 and 2009.