November 20, 2015
By Kris Parfitt
Photo at right: Beth Brewster runs along the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway. Photo courtesy of Beth Brewster
No woman in the Northwest says, “I’m going to compete in the Ultraman Hawaii World Championships the day after Thanksgiving,” quite like Beth Brewster.
That’s a fact because Brewster, owner of Kingston Adventures on the Kitsap Peninsula, is one of five women on the planet to be invited to compete in the 2015 race, and the only one from this region of the world.
The Ultraman Hawaii World Championships take place on the Big Island and covers a total distance of 320 miles to be run in three days or less. The race disciplines include a 6.2-mile ocean swim, a 261.4-mile bike ride and a 52.4-mile run.
Compared to the Ironman distances of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run, you can see why this is called the Ultraman.
Brewster competed in the 2013 Ultraman and placed 23rd out of 36 participants. She placed fourth out of nine women, finishing overall in 32:17:35 hours. This year there are 40 participants, five of which are women.
When asked why there were fewer women invited this year than when she first competed in 2013, Brewster opined, “I don’t know why there are only five. A person must prove that they have successfully met the demands of an Ultraman or conditions as tough as one, and there just aren’t as many women as men taking on these kinds of challenges. I hope that changes, more women need to prove that we can do it!”
To be invited to compete in the Ultraman an athlete must apply after successfully finishing an event with at least Ironman distances in the previous 18 months.
For more about Beth Brewster, see previous articles in OutdoorsNW magazine: