Mike Reilly announced his 100th Ironman Triathlon in Taupo, New Zealand in March and was back in Oceanside, California for his 101st.
Mr. Reilly is the voice you hear announcing athletes names as they cross the finish line at Ironman triathlons around the world including the 70.3 distance races.
I've been honored to hear Mr. Reilly announce my name on at least two occasions; Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2009 and 2010.
His voice is probably most associated with the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. He's been announcing there since 1989.
It's really incredible how he keeps up his energy level throughout the entire race, especially when you consider he is on the microphone before the gun goes off and stays on it until the last competitor crosses the finish line.
I caught up with Mr. Reilly on Thursday afternoon near the swim start of the 2011 Ironman 70.3 California race in Oceanside, California.
I asked him about New Zealand, the race venue in Oceanside and how his voice feels for this race. Enjoy.