The original 1978 Hawaii Iron Man (sic) event permit. It’s arguably true that without this document, the Ironman – perhaps even triathlon as an organized international sport -- might not exist today. It would be going a bit far, however, to call Mr. D.E. Parsons, Small Boats Harbor Manager in Oahu, the father of triathlon. He played an unwittingly key role, however. Wonder if he knows?
This is the kind of story we tell each other over a beer. It’s a triathlon classic from the wooly early days of the sport, when the world was just waking up to the notion of triathlon, and even folks in the business were learning as they went. It was on-the-job training for everyone,...Read More