Outrigger members are competitive at every level. The idea of cross training and competing in triathlons drew many OCC members to local and national competition.
The first to catch the wave was champion swimmer Ian Emberson. He was one of 15 to enter the first Ironman World Championship in 1978, finishing fourth overall. He returned in 1979 finishing third in 13:23:30. He competed in a total of five Ironmans. The original course was a 2.4 mile ocean swim from OCC’s San Souci Beach to the Hawaiian Village Hotel, then a 112-mile bike race ending at Aloha Tower, and finally the 26.2 mile Honolulu Marathon course. The race moved to Kailua-Kona in 1980. A number of Outrigger members have completed the Ironman. Our fastest finishers have been Wil Yamamoto in 2005 in 9:30:04 and Rachel Ross in 2007 in 9:56:21.
In 1980, the Tinman Triathlon began and drew large numbers of members for the 800-meter swim, 24.8 mile bike race and a 10K run at Ala Moana Park.
The Club held its first Triathlon in 1986 when it used the annual Castle Swim (1.2 miles) as the starting point, continued with a 14-mile bike ride and a 4-mile run. Both individuals and teams entered.
Members have continued to enter triathlons in Hawaii, the Mainland and around the world.
Several Outrigger members have competed in the Ultraman World Championship. This race is a 6.2 mile swim, 261.4 mile bike ride and 52.4 mile run. Peter Bourne placed 5th in the event in 1984 in 29:45:32; 4th in 1986 in 26:22:00 and 8th in 1995 in 26:36:28. Robert Egbert also completed three Ultraman’s: finishing 12th in 1995 in 29:04:03; 6th in 1997 in 26:59:00 and 7th in 2000 in 27:27:01.
The XTERRA World Championship on Maui has also drawn a number of OCC members with Ingrid Rolles turning in the fastest time to date of 3:15:23 followed by Jaco Van Delden in 3:22:31 and Katherine Nichols at 3:31:13. The race includes a 1-mile swim, 20-mile mountain bike ride and 6.5-mile trail run.
Triathlons aren’t just for the adults: the Iron Kids races also received a lot of entries from the OCC.
Many of the results from individual members may be found in For the Record.