Honolulu memories

The ITU Age Group World Championships took place in Honolulu in 2005, one week before the Ironman World Championship. We look back at the unique event.

| April 7, 2017 | RACES

Gary Vanderveer competes at the 2005 ITU World Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gary Vanderveer competes at the 2005 ITU World Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Photo >Frank Wechsel / spomedis

In 2005 the ITU split the world championships - the elites competed in Gamagori, Japan (won by Australian's Emma Snowsill and Peter Robertson), while the age group championships took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, a week before the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Amongst the notable finishers that day was one Andrew Starykowicz, who was 23 at the time. He finished second in the men's 20 to 24 category. Surprise of all surprises, he had the fastest bike ride in his category. The age group was actually full of future pros - Erik Limkemann (USA) and Pedro Gomes (POR) finished third and fourth in the category while Tim Berkel (AUS) finished ninth.

Jim Vance, who is now best known for his coaching and writing (Triathlon 2.0, Run with Power), took the men's 25 to 29 age group.

The women's 45 to 49 category featured a couple of famous triathlon names - Donna Smyers and Elizabeth Bulman finished in a dead heat (2:19:56) for second and third in the age group. A week later Smyers would take that age category in Kona in 10:26.

Scott Molina (the 1988 Ironman World Champion) finished second to Mexico's Ricardo Gonzalez by just two seconds in the men's 45 to 49 age group.

71-year-old Roger Brockenbrough would finish second in Honolulu and then win his age group in Kona, almost two hours ahead of his next-closest competitor.

Sister Madonna Buder took the women's 75 to 79 age category and then, a week later, would win her finish Kona in 15:54 (winning the age group again).