NOVEMBER 21, 2014 LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014, 12:31 AM
BY GAIL KISLEVITZ
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
What does it take to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 up the side of a volcano, and then run a 26.2-mile marathon? Ask Ridgewood resident and Fire Lieutenant Brendan Corcoran, who completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii last month. Corcoran battled heat and extreme winds in order to complete the event in just over 10 hours.
Brendan Corcoran completed the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii in just over 10 hours placing him in the top quarter of more than 2,100 racers. At right, he relaxes with his wife, Kate, and daughters Cailin, 4, and baby Keira.
Corcoran secured his spot for the World Championships in Kona, a qualifying event, by placing fifth in his age group at Ironman Mont Tremblant in Canada in August, leaving precious little time to recover and start training again. Qualifying and succeeding in Kona has been a goal of Corcoran’s for years – this was his fifth Ironman event since his inaugural Ironman in 2007.
What got him hooked on the Ironman began in middle school when he was watching sports on television. He saw an Ironman competition and was intrigued with the whole concept, enough that he tucked it in the back of his mind as something he would want to do someday. It took just about 25 years for that dream to become a reality.