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EPIC5 Challenge begins Friday on Kauai

Five long-distance triathlons. Five days. Five islands.

Impossible? Not to those who dare to take on the challenge.

Kauai will host the first leg of the EPIC5 Challenge on Friday.

Ten endurance athletes from around the world will attempt to complete an iron-distance triathlon equaling to 140.6 miles per day within a 15-hour limit.

Kauai will host day one. The following triathlons will then take place on Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Big Island.

The course on Kauai consists of:

– 2.4-mile swim in Hanalei Bay

– 112-mile bike ride starting in Hanalei, around the island to Mana Road (Polihale turn-off), then back to the YMCA of Kauai in Puhi

– 26.2-mile run starting from the YMCA to the Puhi Road/Hulemalu Road intersection and back to the YMCA five times

The athletes will have covered a total of 703 miles over the five-day ordeal.

The five athletes who will take part are: Armando Armellini (Texas), Chad Esker (Wisconsin), Duncan Tebb (Australia), Ignacio Garcia Vaquero (Spain), Juan A. Craveri (Argentina), Laurent Gambotti (France), Melissa Urie (Australia), Michal Šubrt (Czech Republic), Patricio Doucet (Spain) and Tim Sheeper (California).

The event was founded in 2010 by Jason Lester and Rich Roll. Lester was an ESPY Award winner in 2009 for Best Male Athlete with a disability.

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