Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

For the most hardened marathon swimmers, doing 5 consecutive ocean swims of 3.86 km on 5 different islands on 5 different days in Hawaii is not that big a deal.

It is not even much of a training.

But that all radically changes when those five ocean swims of 2.4 miles are sandwiched between daily 112-mile (180 km) bicycle rides across scorching hot islands against oncoming winds and a marathon 26-mile (42 km) run along undulating courses sometimes through lava fields, then the event can be defined as epic.

The EPIC5 Challenge was founded in 2010 by Jason Lester when he and Rich Roll completed 5 full Ironman distance triathlons on 5 Hawaiian Islands in 5 days.

Day 1 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Kauai followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 2 is another 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Oahu followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 3 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Molokai followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 4 is another 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the island of Maui followed by an inter-island flight.

Day 5 is a 3.86 km ocean swim, 180 km ride and 42 km run held on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Finishers & Participants
* Jason Lester, Hawaii, USA in 2010, 2011, 2012
* Rich Roll, California, USA in 2010
* Josef Ajram, Spain in 2011
* Christian Isakson, Oregon, USA in 2011
* Juan Craveri, Argentina in 2011, 2017
* Pep Sanchez, Spain in 2012
* Christopher Brennan, New York, USA in 2014 + participant in 2018
* Chris Solarz, New York, USA in 2014, 2017
* Enrique Galindo Romero, Mallorca, Spain in 2016
* Dani Grabol, Georgia, USA in 2016
* Oscar Martinez Franco, Puerto Rico in 2016
* Armando Armellini, Texas, USA in 2017
* Chad Esker, Wisconsin, USA in 2017
* Duncan Tebb, Australia in 2017
* Ignacio Garcia Vaquero, Spain in 2017
* Laurent Gambotti, France in 2017
* Melissa Urie, Australia in 2017
* Michal Subrt, Czech Republic in 2017
* Patricio Doucet, Spain in 2017
* Tim Sheeper, California USA in 2017
* Chris Calimano, New York, USA in 2017
* Anastas Panchenko, Russia in 2017
* Nacho Quiles, Spain in 2017
* José Massuça, Portugal in 2017
* Michele Santilhano, California, USA in 2017
* Chad Bentley, Canada in 2018
* Edwin Vargas, Colombia in 2018
* Joe Jaffe, New York, USA in 2018
* Renato Valler, Brazil in 2018
* Michael Flartey, Hawaii, USA participant in 2011, 2012
* Chet Blanton, Hawaii, USA participant in 2011
* Sebastian Niklitschek, Chile participant in 2012
* Carlos Llano, Spain participant in 2012
* Keith Rieger, Arizona, USA participant in 2014
* Carlos Guevara, Mexico participant in 2016
* Elisabeth Schwibs, Germany participant in 2017
* Toni Marsal Bonet, Spain participant in 2017
* Keith Bergh, Oregon, USA participant in 2017

Rich Roll talks with American Danielle Grabol and Australian Melissa Urie about their individual journeys of rejuvination on his podcast here. Roll describes the two women as “the queens of the EPIC5” and they talk about “girl power grit“.

For more information or to register for the EPIC5 Challenge or the new EPICDECA, visit here.

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