The 2014 Ironman World Championship will be held on Oct. 11 in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

More than 2,000 athletes from around the world are expected to participate in this year’s event, an iconic Hawaii-based competition that dates to 1978.

The triathletes face a 2.4-mile swim through the ocean waters surrounding Kailua Pier, a 112-mile bike ride through the west coast’s sun-baked lava fields, tracing a route along Queen Kaahumanu Highway from Kailua-Kona to the Kohala Coast and back, before finishing up with a marathon that ends at Kailua-Kona’s oceanfront Alii Drive.

The 2013 field featured participants ranging in age from 19 to 82 and a total prize purse of $650,000.
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