Lance Armstrong is headlining a dream team of world-class triathletes at a fantasy triathlon training camp being held in Kona, Hawaii, May 26-28. The exclusive program will be capped at 50 participants who will receive three full days of training the sport’s most respected athletes.
At $25,000, the camp doesn’t come cheap. In fact, at that price most guests are liable to travel to Kona on their own private plane. But for some, the chance to meet, mingle and train with a roster of world-class triathletes will be too great to pass up, and it is, after all, for a good cause: net proceeds go to the local Hawaii chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Even though Lance has only competed in three triathlons in the last 22 years (the Ogden, Utah, Xterra last fall, the Panama 70.3, and Galveston this spring ) the undeniable star power of the seven-time Tour de France winner is enough to justify his headliner status. To be fair, the Twitter-happy Texan got his start in triathlons, winning his first race at age 13. He placed a respectable fifth last September in Utah, and an eye-opening second in Panama. Although he’s refrained from making predictions, Lance is clearly serious about competing at Kona this year.
Besides Lance, the camp will include some of the most noteworthy names in the sport:
Craig Alexander. As the defending champion of the 2011 Ironman 70.3 and World Ironman Championship, Alexander earned a unique double distinction at Kona last year, simultaneously becoming the oldest to ever win, at 38, and shattering the course record to boot.
Dave Scott. Known simply as “The Man,” in triathlon circles, Scottis a six-time Ironman World Champion and was the first inductee into the triathlon hall of fame in 1994.
Jimmy Riccitello. This respected journeyman racer’s 20-year career spans from a Xterra World Championship to his current role as the head referee of the Kona Ironman race.
Greg Welch. This Australian Sport hall-of-famer is the only triathlete to win world titles at all distances, including the Ironman World Championships. Since retirement Welch has earned a reputation as a commentator and will emcee the camp.
Chrissie Wellington. Since her debut in 2007 Wellington has quickly established herself as the queen of the sport. She’s notched three consecutive Kona victories and holds the five fastest times ever recorded by a woman over the Ironman distance.