SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

October 01, 2014 11:58 ET

Kona Hawaii Hotel's Partnership Focuses on Perseverance of IRONMAN Participants

Triathlon Runs Start to Finish at Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel

KAILUA-KONA, HI--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2014) - Focusing on the perseverance, determination and endurance of its participants, the 36th annual IRONMAN World Championship will be held Oct. 11, 2014 drawing thousands of participants and spectators to hotels in Kona, Hawaii. While the much anticipated event concludes a week of events for some, the race culminates years of training and preparation for most.

Proudly continuing its partnership as the official headquarters for the IRONMAN World Championship, the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel joins participants in celebrating the race's 36th anniversary. Continuing its commitment to "Anything is Possible," this year's IRONMAN motto is "Ho'omau -- perseverance, determination, endurance."

"We're proud to retain our designation as host hotel for this world-renowned event," said Jak Hu, general manager of the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. "The event not only celebrates the dedication and courage of these athletes, but showcases our island's diverse terrain and profound beauty."

In addition to hosting a variety of IRONMAN events throughout the week, the Kona Airport hotel's location includes both the starting and finishing line for the event. The hotel's prime location, well-maintained grounds and expansive facilities provide an ideal setting for competitors, staff and media to make their way through registration, mandatory meetings, secondary events, the concluding awards ceremony and "Banquet of Champions." As official headquarters, the race office and IRONMAN® store will be located inside the distinctive Kona hotel, which offers travelers to Hawaii's Big Island a variety of deals and discounts throughout the year. Currently the hotel is featuring a $152 nightly rate for those who take advantage of its Advance Purchase promotion now through the end of the year.

More than 2,000 athletes from around the world have qualified and are expected to take part in the 140.6-mile triathlon which includes a 2.4-mile swim in Kailua Bay, a 112-mile bicycle route and 26.2-mile run along the Kona Coast. With terrain dotted by black lava rock and encompassed with high heat, humidity and "ho'omumuku" crosswinds of up to 45 mph howling along the trek, the event poses the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.

About the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel
Reflecting the natural beauty of the Kamakahonu Bay area, the Courtyard King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel is a pristine ocean destination for those seeking the casual comfort of fine lodging and the convenience of detailed amenities. Situated across from Kailua Pier, the Kona hotel's location near Kona International Airport makes it easy for guests to indulge in water sports and its white sand beach while less than 10 minutes from airport access. Featuring 452 spacious guest rooms and suites, all with balconies and many with breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, the hotel also features a large outdoor pool and is near Honokohau Marina and Kaloko-Honokohau National Park. On-site dining includes dinner at the Island Breeze Luau which serves authentic Polynesian cuisine along with traditional entertainment, the Menehune Coffee Company, Billfish Poolside Bar & Grille and Honu's on the Beach Restaurant.

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