The Irish at Ironman World Champs - Kona 2017 That time of year again...The first week of October each year heralds that time when the top long distance athletes descend on the island of Hawaii for the Ironman World Championships. This year there is the largest Irish entry yet, with 20 athletes having travelled to Kona for the race.More and more ITU athletes are racing in Ironman long distances races, meaning that some of the most recognisable names in triathlon will be racing at Kona. The Irish athletes will join almost 2500 other age group athletes racing for Ironman World Championship medals.irish triathletesAmongst those who have qualified for Kona this year are Aileen Flynn, the only Irish female entered and Cillian Moffat who, at 25, is the youngest Irish athlete. Aileen has raced in Kona once before while it is Cillian's first trip to race the 'Big Island'. Also in Kona are Declan Doyle and Owen Martin who have an impressive seven completions each. Ivan O'Gorman is also in Hawaii, having completed six times previously. You can follow the athletes' progress on the Ironman website here. See the below table for bib numbers.BibNameAge Group922Ciaran ByrneM 45 - 491344Declan DoyleM 40 - 441577Aileen FlynnF 40 - 44971Adrian GarveyM 45 - 491364Ruaidhri GerarghtyM 40 - 441707Kevin GilleeceM 35 - 391382Oliver HarkinM 40 - 441386Gary HigginsM 40 - 441733Emmet KellyM 35 - 391734Alan KennyM 35 - 391736Andrew KinaneM 35 - 391040Richard MaloneyM 45 - 491428Owen MartinM 40 - 441773Michael McCarronM 35 - 392278Cillian MoffatM 25 - 291445Patrick MuckianM 40 - 441451Ivan O'GormanM 40 - 441791Colin O'SheaM 35 - 391122Paul RutherfordM 45 - 491534John WoodsM 40 - 44The very best of luck to all the Irish athletes racing this week.