The inaugural Ironman New Zealand winner and 1988 world champion Scott Molina will compete in next week's 30th anniversary event in Taupo.
Molina is one of eight originals from the first race in Auckland in 1985 who will take part in the commemorative event of the world's oldest international Ironman race at Taupo.
The American joins 69 year old Aucklander Mike Ramsay, who is the only person to have completed all 29 previous editions of Ironman New Zealand.
Molina, who is married to New Zealand legend Erin Baker, went on from winning the inaugural New Zealand race to claim the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii in 1988.
Molina is looking forward to standing on the start line with old friends like Ken Glah and Jan Wanklyn, who won the race five times between them, and a number of other triathletes and friends that he has not seen for some time.