On October 13th, Lionel Sanders will line up on Dig Me Beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, as one of the favourites.

Last year, Sanders jumped to the front of his race off the bike and stayed away for most of the run. With just a few kilometres left in the race, Patrick Lange blew by the Canadian to post a 2:40 marathon and win the 2017 Ironman World Championship.

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This year, Sanders will try to go one better and become the first Canadian male to win Kona since 2003 (Peter Reid). Before the race on Saturday, we caught up with the Canadian as he prepares for the 2018 Ironman World Championship.

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