Dea took this picture of Mark and I with their phone after my hula set at Lava Lava Beach Club. Dea and Mark Provenzano are two of the amazing volunteers that come to the Big Island every year to help support and make the Iron Man Triathlon possible. For the last 21 years this couple have used their vacation days to travel to Hawaii and volunteer their time and energy to the race.
The Provenzano's are athletes themselves... and have to be for the job they are placed at every year. These two keep the Iron Men/Women hydrated, during the biking portion of the triatholon. In order to do this they must sprint as fast as the riders are pedaling, pass off the bottle (without touching the racers or they will be disqualified) and then.... jog back to the station and repeat several hundred times!!!! What troopers, and they come back for more year after year.
Mark & Dea have had a profound impact on so many people. I was fortunate enough to meet them last year at Lava Lava and they stopped by again this year to say hello - How sweet!!!!!