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Gearing Up For The Ironman

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By: Kristine Uyeno

(KHNL) - People in Kona won't let mother nature get in the way of the community's biggest event.

The Ironman will go on as scheduled on Saturday, despite last Sunday's earthquake.

It's business as usual for athletes training for the ironman. That means a daily dose of swimming, biking or running. 

For the past couple of months, john bertsch, tom dembski and franklin marcus have been training together. 

In it's 28th year, the Ironman in Kona attracts thousands of athletes from across the world. And they're not the only ones who are getting ready for the course.

It takes thousands of volunteers like Rocky Campbell, to organize this event. He's been a part of the action for 25 years, helping out at the aid station, security, and now, construction. 

The Ironman also means big business for the local economy. For example, at King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel, all 460 rooms are booked.

 

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