Inspired by the Ironman Triathlon in Kona on the Big Island, the Tinman Triathlon started in 1979 by four athletes wanting a triathlon experience without months of full-time training. Along with ten other friends, they raced their first swim-bike-run combination. They were challenged, they competed hard, and they had fun!
The next year, the first "Official" Tinman Triathlon had 300 men and women, and the next, 700. Now the Tinman has a limit of 1,200 participants.
It is not meant to be an "elite" race but a triathlon for every interested athlete. We hope the competition brings challenge, inspiration, safety, fun and pride to all participants.
In 2017, the Tinman Triathlon changed its name to the Cliff Rigsbee Tinman Triathlon to honor Cliff, an avid triathlete and coach who passed away in 2016.