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Potluck with Gordon Haller, the first ever Ironman Champion!
February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm PSTFree
Gordon Haller was driving a taxi in Honolulu, Hawaii when he heard about the first ever Ironman Triathlon that would be held on Sans Souci Beach on Saturday February 18, 1978. Since he didn’t own a car, he commuted on a road bike and, since he had been both a high school and collegiate runner as well as a 2:27 marathoner, he would always try to squeeze in a few two mile runs each day around his job driving a taxi. There were some days where he was able to squeeze in five or six two-mile runs besides a few swims and bike rides.
He signed up for that first ever Ironman along with 14 other crazies and the one thing they all had in common was that no one had any idea if anyone could actually swim, bike and run 140.6 miles in one day, become an Ironman and get one of the coveted hold-in-the-head trophies that John and Judy Collins created to honor the achievement.
During that first ever Ironman, Navy SEAL John Dunbar had a big lead after the swim, but eventually Haller passed Dunbar about 21 miles into the marathon to win the first ever Ironman and to become one of twelve finishers to complete what is now considered the toughest one-day endurance event in sport.
Join us on Sunday February 18th-the actual 40th anniversary of Gordon Haller’s historic Ironman win- as we celebrate Gordon’s amazing achievement with a Babbittville Q&A at Function Smart.
And yes, Gordon Haller will be racing the 40th Anniversary edition of the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday October 13th and that will be his 17th time racing the event. This is going to be an EPIC club meeting. Don’t miss it!
February 18th 2018
2:00 pm Potluck!
4:00 pm Gordon Haller Q&A with Bob Babbitt
This time around we will be doing a potluck style meal. We encourage you to prepare your best dish and share it with fellow club members. All meals brought will be entered in the raffle drawing. The theme is Fourth of July in February. Come celebrate the amazing weather San Diego always delivers in Winter. The club will provide BBQ food and have the grill.
Bring a dish to get a BONUS ticket for special potluck raffle.
Winning dish voted on by your fellow triclubbers and will be featured in the newsletter.
Do you think you have what it takes to have the best dish in Tri Club? If you think you are next, show up for this meeting, be a part of the contest, and find out if you have what it takes to be the next great dish prep-er of Tri Club!