The two have competed in numerous Ironman competitions locally, but it is the first time either have raced overseas. The trip came about after Garth & Gary were awarded entry slots into the prestigious Kona event in recognition of the work they have done with the charity they started, Ironman 4 the Kidz. The charity raises funds for underprivileged children in the Eastern Cape through the Ironman South Africa even hosted in Port Elizabeth. It has raised over R6 million since it's inception in 2005.
The self-funded trip was a dream come true for both. Kona is where the Ironman begun 35 years ago, and is the benchmark for all the Ironman events globally, being renowned as the toughest - thanks to a course that sees competitors run through the lava fields and battle the notorious Kona winds.
Whilst in Hawaii, Garth & Gary met with the Ironman Foundation to discuss a possible synergy between it and the Ironman 4 the Kidz charity. The Ironman Foundation was established in 2003 as a way for Ironman to leave a little piece of legacy behind in communities where the Ironman Events.
Gary completed the race in a time of 13h02, and Garth in 13h39.