Hermosa Beach Ironman: Run, Paddle, Puke

When I first heard of the Hermosa Beach Ironman, I thought it was going to be an actual Ironman (You know, the one where you swim a few miles, run a marathon, then bike over 100 miles).  Well, turns out, the Hermosa Beach Ironman — held every Fourth of July for more than 30 years — is not your typical triathlon.

At this Ironman, competitors must run a mile down the beach, paddle a mile on their board of choice and then return to the beach to chug a 6-pack of beer.  The kicker? You are disqualified if you puke. First person to finish without puking wins.

Needless to say, there was a lot of puking.

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