On October 12, a record 279 athletes from Germany will start the Ironman World Championship Hawaii on the Big Island:
First held in 1978, the Ironman in Hawaii is considered the crowning achievement for any athlete: a 3.86-kilometer swim in the Pacific Ocean, 180.2 kilometers of cycling and a marathon run of 42.195 kilometers.
Our colleague Maxim is at the start
Our colleague Maxim is one of them. Maxim Hrabowski is responsible for development as our Director, and he is our “Man of Steel” at Ironman.
With the fifth place in his age group (M45) Maxim qualified for the participation in Hawaii at the European Championships in Frankfurt.
Always fond of sports, Maxim ran his first half marathon in 1998 – just like that, without any training, but in under two hours. During his studies, there was then little time for sporting activities besides studying – until our head of development took a new direction at the age of 30, moving from smoker to passionate sportsman.
Running has been a part of his life since 2004, and after 10 marathons, Maxim discovered triathlon via the relay. Since 2009, he first started with the half distance, until he then ventured to the first long distance in 2010 and reached the finish line after 9:30 hours.
Through continuous training, Maxim has already been able to collect many successes – among his most recent is the runner-up Baden-Württemberg in his age group in mid-August 2019 at the Breisgau Triathlon in Malterdingen.
Last preparation for Hawaii
After the last hard training session Saturday a week ago, Maxim is gathering his strength before leaving for Hawaii on Thursday.
There still follows an exciting preparation time for the world championship by a special Iron Man Hawaii tour operator.