We loved Clif Bar’s Instagram feed (@clifbarcompany) during Kona last year, with stunning photos from a variety of perspectives in the 48 hours surrounding the race. Here are a few of our favorites. Photos by John Segesta/Clif Bar.
“Harry McDonald has lived on the island for more than 40 years. His house sits right on Ali’i Drive just across from the Ironman swim course. When he’s not surfing he and his four boys work on their farm on the other side of the island. On this day he’s perched in front of his blue gate taking it all in and enjoying the constant flow of athletes cruising by.”
Rambutan at the Uncle Billy’s farmers’ market, which has been around for more than 20 years. “Tucked in to a small booth, the Nestor family gathers and sells fruits from some of the island’s best farms in the Pahoa area so athletes can enjoy during race week.”
“Clif Bar athlete Tim O’Donnell can’t help but be all smiles as he is greeted by a cheering crowd.”
“Tomorrow is a tough day for even the most seasoned athlete. But for Italian Formula 1 driver Alessandro Zanardi it’s a completely different race. After losing both legs in a horrific crash back in 2001 he’s proven he hasn’t lost his drive. He’ll be racing tomorrow and took to the water for one last practice session.”
“Benjamin is an accomplished three-dimensional chalk artist who creates his work on the town’s streets during the wee hours, mainly when big events come to town. Rachel is learning the art by working alongside him through the night along the seawall.”
“The cannon will soon go off and mark the official start of the 2015 Ironman World Championship here in Kona. The athletes are slowly making their way to the pier where they will line up before they enter the water to swim.”
“Uncle Dennis normally weaves palm fronds into sunhats, pineapples and ‘grasshoppas’ but today he fields a special request—to recreate the Ironman winner’s crown.”