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Hawaii Is­land res­i­dent and artist Cindy Coats re­cently de­buted her ninth an­nual Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship paint­ing, com­mem­o­rat­ing the en­durance event set here on Hawaii Is­land on Saturday.

The new, original piece for Kona’s iconic event is ti­tled “Cel­e­brate the Dream,” and in­cor­po­rates “street art.”

“I’m sur­rounded by beauty and in­spi­ra­tion here on Hawaii Is­land,” Coats, a 21-year res­i­dent of Holu­aloa, said. “When I moved the gallery to its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in 2008 cre­at­ing an Iron­man-themed piece each year was re­ally a no-brainer – we’re lo­cated nearly di­rectly on the triathlon’s start and fin­ish line! You can’t help but be in­spired by all the peo­ple you meet … ath­letes, train­ers, fam­ily and friends. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent rea­son for be­ing here. It’s awe-in­spir­ing.”

Each year, this event sup­porter chal­lenges her­self to come up with some­thing com­pletely new to cel­e­brate the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Iron­man, the ath­letes and our com­mu­nity, ac­cord­ing to her many col­lec­tors and fans.

“This event is elec­tric — peo­ple from all over the globe gather here to com­pete with true re­spect and ca­ma­raderie and to en­joy that with their fam­i­lies and sup­port teams. Peo­ple are so happy to be here and they truly want some­thing that is made in Kona that rep­re­sents their spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence here. I am ex­tremely hon­ored by the sup­port and en­cour­age­ment I‘ve re­ceived from the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship of­fi­cials here and at the cor­po­rate level over the years,” Coats said.


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