Number 1: Ironwar October 1990. In 1989, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced side by side from the swim start to the final miles of the run, when Allen broke away from Scott after years of defeat. Allen earned his first of six IM world championships, and took the torch as the world’s best Ironman triathlete in the process. Number 2: Chrissie proves she is for real. January 2009: When Chrissie Wellington won Ironman Hawaii in 2007, she was an unknown first year pro and most experts questioned whether or not she was a one-hit-wonder. She proved that she was for real by dominating the race again in 2008, despite a prolonged flat tire change. Clearly, she was anything but a fluke. Number 3: Greg Welch Leaps To Victory December 1994: Greg Welch famously wins at Kona in Mark Allen’s absence. 40 year old Dave Scott was second. Number 4: Molina Brothers January 1986. Scott Molina took the headlines, but both of his brothers were accomplished athletes in their own right. Here they are posing in nothing more than short shorts. Things were different in the 80’s. Number 5: John du Pont, committed murder 11 years later. March, 1986. Billionaire John du Pont was one of the first financial supporters of top triathletes, including longtime Triathlete columnist Scott Tinley. Du Pont’s story ended in tragedy, however. He murdered Olympic gold medalist, wrestler Dave Schultz in 1997. Inside this magazine is an article about the benefits of barefoot running. Number 6: Dave Scott’s Comeback Feb, 1995. After winning his 6th Ironman world championship in 1987 and finishing 2nd in 1989, The Man took a five-year hiatus from Kona. He returned in 1994 at the age of 40 to take 2nd place. Number 7: Macca’s 2nd Ironman World Championship January 2011. After winning his first Ironman world Championship in 2007, Macca again struggled on the Big Island just as he did when he first came to the Ironman world championships. By 2010, most people had written him off. He proved all the doubters wrong by beating Andreas Raelert in one of the most exciting duels in the race’s history to win his second IM world championship. Number 8: Dave Scott's 6th January 1988: Dave Scott wins his sixth Ironman World Championship. In the 23 years since this cover was released, only Mark Allen is the only man to have duplicated the feat. Paula Newby Frasier has won the women’s race an incredible 8 times. Number 9: Sarah Reinertsen March 2006: Sarah Reinertsen, the only above-knee amputee to finish Ironman Hawaii. Number 10: Mike Pigg’s Head Sept, 1994. The idea of “Aero!” was very different in 1994. Not sure how Pigg navigated in this position, but it worked for him, who was one of the sport’s strongest cyclists. Number 11: The Puntous Twins The Pontous Twins grace the cover. Number 12: Badmann’s 6th Ironman Championship. Natascha Badmann is a six-time Kona champ. Number 13: Simon Whitfield's Gold December 2000. Simon Whitfield wins the first gold medal in triathlon at the Sydney Olympics. 11 years later, the Canadian is still going strong on the ITU circuit and has a silver from the 2008 Beijing games to go along with his gold. Number 14: Peter Reid’s 3rd Kona January 2004. Peter Reid joins the legends of Kona by winning his third world championship. Number 15: Triathlete Redesign November 2010. After using the same logo for more than 20 years, Triathlete introduced a new logo and completely redesigned magazine just last year. This cover folded out to reveal four more Kona contenders, Dirk Bockel, Julie Dibens, Sam McGlone and Andy Potts. Number 16: Swimming’s Golden Girl Amanda Beard June 2008. Triathlon becomes the link to an active lifestyle for many people in adulthood, including Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard. The former Playboy cover model and recreational triathlete posed for the cover of Triathlete’s 2008 swimsuit issue. Number 17: Brighter Days Jan, 1992. Neon, not just for the 80’s.
Number 18: Michellie Jones November 2007: Michellie Jones, Ironman world champ and Olympic silver medalist, looked to defend her world title in 2007, but ran into a buzz-saw known as Chrissie Wellington. Number 19: Kate Allen Dec, 2004. Kate Allen wins the 2004 Athens Olympics gold medal just two years after setting the Ironman debut world record of 8:58. Number 20: Wildman Widoff July 1995. Cam Widoff was not only a top Xterra racer, but the “Wild Man” was also a top Ironman racer. Always up for adventure and ready to “race for food.”
Assembled by Aaron Hersh and Adam Elder.