Chuck 6The Ironman Triathlon is one of the world’s most challenging endurance races, and covers 140.6 miles (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Chuck Wicks took on that challenge this past weekend in Hawaii, where he participated in the Ironman 70.3.  I went through the results, and while Chuck did not come up as one of the winners, he certainly made an awesome effort.  Very proud of this guy!  Not only a great country singer, but a great competitor, too.

ChuckNicknamed Honu, in honor of the Hawaiian green sea turtle, the IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii offers competitors a beautiful venue. It starts with an open-ocean swim and follows with a challenging course along the northern half of the IRONMAN World Championship bike course.  The swim takes place at Hapuna Beach State Park, frequently listed as one of the best beaches in the United States with its warm, crystal blue waters, white sand, and occasional sightings of spinner dolphins and resident honu (turtles).

Chuck 1The bike course leads athletes along the infamous Queen Ka’ahumanu and Akoni Pule Highways towards the tiny northern town of Hawi, known for its unique boutiques, restaurants and galleries, and of course as the IRONMAN bike turn-around. Athletes cycle their way through black lava fields and green pastures, ancient, historic Hawaiian heiau (temples), and modern wind farms that hint of the notorious and legendary Kama’kani winds.

Chuck 2The hot and sunny run starts and finishes at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid, Hawai`i , and winds its way through the Mauna Lani Resort over modern golf greens, past ancient petroglyph fields and fishponds, and the historic Ala Loa Foot trail.

chuck 3After the race, the island offers competitors a vacation playground with a variety of natural wonders to explore, including rain forests, waterfalls, active volcanoes, black sand beaches, and abundant marine life.

For more information about Ironman, visit the website.  In addition to Chuck’s website, visit his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. His new CD, “Turning Point” is available for pre-sale, too. And, when you are on his website, check out some of the new merchandise and find out how you can get an autographed copy of the new CD, along with a t-shirt and an 8×10 photo! You can also follow him on Twitter @chuckwicksmusic.  If you are not already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.

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The Ironman Triathlon is one of the world’s most challenging endurance races, and covers 140.6 miles (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run. Chuck Wicks took on that challenge this past weekend in Hawaii, where he participated in the Ironman 70.3.  I went through the results, and while Chuck...