Triathlon legend Kenneth Gasque is inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame.
Here at Sports Tours International we take people all over the world to experience the world’s best running, cycling and triathlon events. We’ve been doing this for over 45 years and we’ve met some incredible people along the way. So we are obviously very proud when someone who we’ve worked with receives international recognition for the work they’ve done within the sports travel industry.
We are delighted that our great friend, Kenneth Gasque, has been inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame. Kenneth is world famous as the race director of IRONMAN Lanzarote and renowned for shaking the hand of every finisher who would cross the line in this amazing event. It was Kenneth who really made a massive difference to the growth of triathlon in Europe, having originally competed in Hawaii in 1985 and having the foresight to see the potential for an IRONMAN race on the similarly volcanic island of Lanzarote. Keneth’s vision has been crucial not only in the growth of triathlon in Europe but within triathlon as a sport, he has been at the forefront of getting more people to participate in triathlons. From the initial event in 1992, IRONMAN Lanzarote has grown to nearly 2,000 competitors and is widely recognised as being one of the hardest IRONMAN courses in the world and has a unique spirit, very much due to Kenneth’s development of the event over the years.
The value of IRONMAN to Lanzarote is so important. As well as the thousands of athletes and their families who come for the event, many more thousands come to the island every year to train. A whole industry to support those athletes has developed on the scenic volcanic island – sports shops, hotels offering training facilities, coaching services and much more. The man who started it all is Kenneth and it’s clear to see why he is held with such high regard within the triathlon and active holiday industries.
For many years, Kenneth combined his role as race director, with leading the sports side of Club La Santa, the world’s number one sports and active holiday resort. As the result of the IRONMAN Lanzarote, Club La Santa has become a mecca for triathletes across the world to visit and train at, especially as it features 3 x 50 metre swimming pools amongst its superb sports facilities. Regular organised triathlon training camps take place at Club La Santa, with many individuals and clubs organising their very own training camp there too. It is literally the perfect playground for triathletes.
Kenneth has since retired from Club La Santa, but remains an ever present presence on the Lanzarote sports arena, continuing to organise his very own Ocean Lava Triathlon and serves as an inspiration for triathletes across the globe.