Kona 2018 Parade of Nations

It was a rainy Tuesday afternoon in Kona, but that didn’t stop the Ironman World Championship athletes from proudly representing their countries in the Parade of Nations. The event serves as the official kick-off for race week and sets the tone for an exciting few days to come. All photos by Corey Hollister.

2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Ironman volunteers kick off the festivities.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
A big smile – despite the rain!
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Here comes the parade!
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Always some interesting characters at the parade.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Even the kids got in on the action.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Ice cream, anyone?
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
The Argentina team leads things off.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Brazil!
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Taiwan
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Germany’s Jan Frodeno has been making the best of not being able to race. Here, he’s leading the German athletes down Ali’i Drive.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Frodeno was all smiles at the parade.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
The large German crowd didn’t let the weather stop them.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
The small group of Greece athletes smile despite the rain.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
The Japanese athletes are always excited to be in Kona.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
British athletes walk by the swim course.
2018 Ironman World Championship Parade of Nations
Compete clean!