Acerca de


Kona To Christmas 2021


The return of 


Kona to Manchester

Race Starts 8am Saturday 13 November 2021 

Target finish is Sat 11 December 2021 - (race stays open until at least 18 December)


After a wonderful Kona to Christmas experience in 2020, we thought we would bring this great team event back for 2021.  It’s an awesome way to kickstart your training over the darker winter months, and an amazing way to connect with your team mates and a wider triathlon/endurance sport community.  


As with our previous challenges, we have designed it to be a lot of fun, with a competitive edge! We know that this year will be slightly different (hopefully) as we are unlikely to be in lockdown, but this year we are excited that we can use our swim training to add to the event totals.   Everyone will be in the same boat trying to get the distance each week, which should make for a really exciting and worthwhile event.  


It's a far cry from the big distances of its predecessor Corona to Kona, and it's not a training plan like Challenge 19.  It's designed to help you to pull together as a team, get the winter kms in and have lots of fun along the way. 


Race Directors - Kate Offord & Mel Hayes



Teams will be a maximum of 20 per team - if you have less in your team, then your results will be weighted up to 20 to make it fair.


If you have more in your team then you can split into 2 teams.




The total distance that needs to be travelled is 15,311 km - which is equal to the distance travelled in Corona to Kona in April 2020 and Kona to Christmas in December 2020.  This year, the distance will be the same, but the countries we will be visiting are slightly different. 


The challenge is split into 4 stages - each stage is 3,828km long and in our virtual world this distance will get you to the following stage finishes. 




The stage finishes are at:


  1. Los Angeles, USA 

  2. Kingston, Jamaica 

  3. Lapland

  4. Manchester, England


Teams can cover the km via swimming, biking, running or walking.   Team members must abide by any rules or restrictions in their country of residence on each day of the challenge. These may be subject to change. 


Each discipline will have a weighting factor applied to ensure that all the disciplines carry equal value:


5km outdoor cycling = 500m swimming = 1.6km running/walking

Indoor cycling will be awarded 25km/hr to level out different turbo trainers and settings. 


We start at 8am on Saturday 13th November  (this is a line in the sand to officially start the race, any kms logged prior to this on Saturday still count for those early birds!) from Kona, Hawaii. We are starting on a Saturday based on the feedback from the last Challenge. 


The start will be announced on the Smiling Tri Coach public facebook page and the Smiling Tri Coach Virtual Community group page. 


Each week teams will aim to complete each stage (3,828km) , there will be tie breakers and bonus points to spur you all on. 



  1. Government guidance within your home country or region must be strictly followed at all times even if this guidance changes through the course of the challenge. 

  2. The “swim” can consist of pool or outdoor swimming (but please ensure you are responsible for your own safety) This does not include tethered swimming. Log the number of km you actually swim each day into your challenge spreadsheet - the sheet will convert the kms for you.

  3. The “run” can consist of RUNNING outside or on a treadmill, or WALKING outside or on a treadmill.  No steppers, cross trainers or other inside gym equipment can be substituted at this time unless agreed by the race team. Log the number of km you actually run or walk each day into your challenge spreadsheet - the sheet will convert the kms for you.

  4. The “bike” can consist of riding on a turbo trainer indoors (smart trainers, and dumb trainers are equally welcomed) or riding  outside on the roads.

  5. Due to the different calibrations and set ups of different trainers and software (also the effect of gear selection on smart trainers) ALL TIME SPENT ON THE TURBO MUST BE RECORDED BY TIME.  This time will be converted to 25km/hour for all riders. Team members will log onto the sheets by the hour for indoor cycling and the sheet will calculate the kilometres

  6. All teams will be weighted to 20 members.  Each day the weighting factor will be applied to your team results by the Race Directors. This is a simple average of your total, divided by your confirmed number of team members, and multiplied by 20.

  7. Entries close on Monday 1 November, so teams must be agreed by then. 

  8. Team members must log their daily activity onto their individual race spreadsheet (provided by us) as early as possible to get an accurate view of the race. 

  9. The Race Directors will then apply the weighting and update everyone on race positions the following day. 

  10. Anything not logged won’t be counted, we can’t log backwards

  11. Team Captains are responsible for ensuring that all team members are logging honest kms and sticking with the spirit of the challenge. Everything is based on honesty, but please use the facebook group to post your “proof pictures”  

  12. Any issues should be flagged to your Team Captain.  Issues will be reported by your Team Captain to the Team Captain’s Whatsapp group and the group will endeavour to sort out the issue.  If a majority decision cannot be agreed, then the Race Directors have the final say. 



There will be bonus points available for additional challenges and social media posts.


Each Saturday, teams will be encouraged to do a “virtual parkrun” (#notparkrun or an actual Parkrun) - where as many team members as possible complete a 2k run or walk. Each person participating gains a point for their team. 


There will be tie breaker activities as we go along for extra points for the teams at the end of each stage.


There are  3 strands of competition:


1. Stage Race - For each stage, teams are awarded points based on where they place in the stage - from {THE TOTAL NUMBER OF TEAMS} down to 1. These points add up across the 4 stages and the team with the most points at the finish is the winner. 


2. Community Winner - the team that collects the highest community/team spirit points across social media and #notparkrun / Parkrun*points. This team must finish by 10pm on the Sunday of the same week as the Stage winner. 

*#notparkrun / parkrun is a rule that all team members run or walk at least 2km on a Saturday.  


3. All round team of the challenge - the team with the highest number of stage points and community bonus points combined that finishes the challenge distance in the same week as the first team across the line.


** Bonus points to count to the community elements are made up of social media posts on the themes of the week, posts that stand out as funny or team spirited, and the parkrun points**


Themes - will change each week (these will be announced each week in detail) 

W1 - Bright colours/Hawaiian

W2 - Hollywood 

W3 - Cool Runnings - theme around achieving the unexpected 

W4 - Reindeer and Sparkles



Everyone takes part in this challenge at their own risk.  The challenge is a fun challenge and no other participants can be held liable for any accident or illness occurring to any team member during the time of the challenge.  By signing up to this challenge you are confirming that you are fit to train and to take part.  You must answer the question certifying that you are fit to train on the entry form.


Whilst the endurance element of this challenge is undisputed, please ensure that you as participants stay within your limits and abilities so that you do not unduly injure or exhaust you whilst taking part in this fun challenge. 


Rest days - all team members must take a rest day, only 6 days can be recorded each week. 


Juniors must have permission from an adult to take part, and the adult is responsible for their safety. Parents and Team Captains are responsible for ensuring that the Junior Team Members are not over doing it. Junior km earned will be worth a weighting of 1.5.




The fee to enter the challenge is £10 per participant for the 4 week challenge. Please email pay via bank transfer


Mrs Katie Jane Offord Mrs Melanie Hayes

Sort code 09-01-29

Account No 24913038


And enter here



If you would like to order an exclusive race buff, these can be purchased for £15 to raise money for our chosen Charity this year which is Cancer Research UK. The buff design is here



To order yours please complete this form asap

Payment to:

Mrs Katie Jane Offord Mrs Melanie Hayes

Sort code 09-01-29

Account No 24913038



Personal Data 

While using our service we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). This may include (but is not limited to) 

Email address 

First name and last name

Age category information 

Challenge completion information


Use of data 

Your personal data will be used only for the direct administration of the challenge, for example working out the scoreboards and team competitions. 


We will not use your data for any selling or direct marketing purposes. 


Social Media 

We reserve the right to post any images shared with us by you and your team on our social media platforms for the purpose of promoting and communicating the challenge. Any requests to remove posts made in error should be directed to Smiling Tri Coach.



All activity must be completed in line with the current Government guidance of your country/region. Should the guidance change, activities must continue to be in line with any changes.