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Kona memories: Were those guys running in underpants?

Six years of photo galleries from the annual Underpants Run in Kona

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

With the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, “postponed” for another year, those of us who regularly cover the event have been missing some of the classic moments that make the race week in Hawaii so special. One of those is the famous “Underpants Run,” a fundraising event that has become an integral part of race week. Since we’ll be waiting another year for our chance to check it all out in Kona, we figured we’d revisit this story:

The Thursday morning before the Ironman World Championship has always been a busy and entertaining day. It begins with the annual Underpants Run, a spectacle like no other in the sport. Here’s a look at photos from last year’s race, along with a look back at our coverage over the years:

It all started as a way for Canadian Roch Frey and his partner Paul Huddle to get their athletes to relax a couple of days before the Ironman Championship – it’s grown to become a fundraising event that is a mainstay during the week of activities at the Ironman World Championship.

The Underpants Run routinely attracts thousands of participants and even more spectators who watch as athletes, their families, fans and friends enjoy a couple of kilometres of running, lots of calisthenics and stretching, and even more fun a couple of days before the world’s biggest long-distance triathlon. Here’s the photo gallery we posted from the 2019 race:

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2018 Kona Underpants Run Photo Gallery

And here’s our coverage from 2017:

Kona underpants run: Day three photos

The 2016 gallery:

Photo gallery: 2016 Kona race week underpants run

And 2015:

Kona Photos: The Underpants Run

And finally a gallery from the 2014 event:

Kona Gallery: From Press Confrence to The Underpants Run