Hines Ward, Gordon Ramsay among Ironman World Championships field
At least two famous names can be found scanning through the list of some 2,000 competitors at the Ironman World Championships.
Retired Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay will attempt to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile marathon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Saturday.
Ward, 37 and a “Dancing With the Stars” champion, has been gearing up for one of the most grueling sporting events in the world since last October.
He’s been working out at least three hours per day, six days per week, according to The Associated Press. He completed a qualifying event in Kansas that was half the distance of the Ironman in 5:53:18.
Ramsay, 46, has completed 15 marathons, according to the Herald Sun in Australia. He expects to complete Saturday’s event in over 12 hours and then get an Ironman tattoo on his ankle.
Defending champions Pete Jacobs of Australia (8:18:37 in 2012) and Leanda Cave of Great Britain (9:15:54) lead the elite fields.
Cave was diagnosed with skin cancer earlier this year.
Hiromu Inada, 80, is reportedly the oldest competitor in a race that includes athletes as young as 18.