Three Days Out at the Kona Pier

Early mornings during race week are all about the swim course at the Kona Pier. Affectionately known as “Dig Me Beach”, athletes gather to socialize, size up the competition, and preview the epic 2.4-mile swim course in Kailua Bay. Here’s a look at some of the action from Wednesday morning.

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Hi, Heather Jackson! Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Dig Me Beach is the place to be at 7 a.m. every morning during race week. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The race is unique in that it lets athletes practice the entire swim course. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Getting ready to dive in. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Most athletes are wrapping up their serious training and getting ready to rest. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The energy is a preview of what’s to come. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Do you recognize this world champ? Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Every day gets just a tad busier. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Gatorade Endurance offers a bag check service at the swim. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Wish you were here! Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Even if you’re not racing, it’s worth jumping in for a swim. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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The finish line will be right along the swim start. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Ready to dive in! Photo: Brad Kaminski
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If you don’t record it, does it even count? Photo: Brad Kaminski
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These small buoys will be replaced by larger ones on race day. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Dig Me Beach is as much about socializing as it is about swimming. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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Race week is all about family events. Photo: Brad Kaminski
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It was a beautiful 75 degrees on Wednesday morning. Photo: Brad Kaminski