Photo of the day: Dave Orlowski races the first Ironman

On February 18, 1978 Dave Orlowski finished third at the inaugural Ironman triathlon in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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He raced on a borrowed Sears Free Spirit bicycle that he'd ridden a grand total of 30 miles. His support crew were fellow marines, but since they were also supporting fellow marine Henry Forrest, so he knew there would be times they wouldn't be around. Part of the reason he did the race in a pair of cut-off jeans was so he could carry some cash to buy some food along the way.

"I tried to keep eating bananas and oranges," Orlowski told me in 2011. "But I also stopped at McDonalds. A Big Mac, fries and a shake. There was lots of Coke and Hershey Bars, too."

Dave Orlowski was one of the 15 men who started the first Ironman triathlon organized by Commander John Collins and his wife Judy that combined the Waikiki Rough Water Swim, the Around Oahu Bike Race and the Honolulu Marathon. He would finish third to Gordon Haller and John Dunbar in 13:39:13.