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Gary Cooke Wins Wedemann Birthday 1/10th Ironman Event

Joe Wedemann and friends celebrate 1/10th Ironman

Joe Wedemann celebrates his birthday each year by having a 1/10th Ironman race at his home in Paradise Park.  This year’s winner was Hilo Athletic Trainer Gary Cooke with Wedemann coming in second.

Others in the top 10 finish list were Adam and Andy Busek, Steve Backman, Mike Brown, Bill Hubard and Mark Manibin.
Big Dog was a DNS but ate lots of food, played horse shoes and had a great time with all these fine athletes.
Click onto the photos to see complete time results.

Firefighter Joe with Fire Truck cake


January 8, 2011 Posted by | triathlon | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Wedemann to Bike Around Island on Sunday

Ironman, Joe Wedemann, to bike 215 miles on Sunday
Ironman, Joe Wedemann, to bike 215 miles on Sunday

     Firefighter, Joe Wedemann, is looking to celebrate Father’s Day in a special way, with a bike ride around the island.

    “This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a few years now,” Wedemann said of his desire to bike 215 miles around the island in a single day.

   Wedemann plans on starting his adventure at 3 a.m. Sunday morning from Hilo Bayfront.  “I have a friend, Adam Busek, that is planning to ride with me for the first half, and then Mike Brown is going to ride from Kona back to Hilo with me,” Wedemann said.

   “We’ll be with headlights for the first two plus hours until the sun comes up, and the idea is to make it back to Hilo before sundown, around 7:20 p.m.,” he said.

    The course that Wedemann will follow heads up to Volcano first and works its way around South Point.  Wedemann will then ride up to Holualoa using the high road to Waimea before heading back to Hilo along the Hamakua Coast.

   “If we average 15 MPH and have limited breaks, theoretically it is possible,” Wedemann said of making it back home by sunset. 

   “My friend Adam (Busek) says it’s not a race, it’s a stunt.  Either way, bragging rights would be pretty cool!”

June 18, 2009 Posted by | Events, Health and Fitness | , , | 4 Comments