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PHOTOS: Hermosa Beach Ironman 2012

Run. Paddle. Drink. Puke. Photos of all the action from the 2012 Hermosa Beach Ironman competition.

They ran. They paddled. They drank. They puked.

The 2012 Hermosa Beach Ironman once again lived up to its rowdy reputation as more than 400 competitors raced in this year's competition and hundreds more took in the action.

The annual event, held every Fourth of July for more than 30 years in Hermosa Beach, challenges racers to run a mile, paddle a mile and then chug a six-pack of beer. The first person to finish those tasks without first throwing up is crowned the winner.

This year's male Ironman winner was Jeff Bellandi and the female winner was Andrea Bates.

While many competitors this year quickly finished the physical portion of the Ironman, many couldn't stomach the subsequent 72 ounces of beer without puking. Most of the time, the projectile vomiting was aimed at those brave enough to stand close to the competition.

An award was also given for "best puke" and music from local punk band Special C added additional entertainment for the event.

Hermosa Beach police were parked nearby on the beach and observed the event from a distance. Police did not intervene during the event.

, a report from the parks, recreation and community resources advisory commission to the city council said that while police should start cracking down on the event, no major crimes have occurred because of the event.

"This event presents an obvious conflict with our own rules, policies and laws and subjects the city to criticism and potential liability," the report stated. But, "that said, the Hermosa Ironman has not experienced any major incidents over the years."

Duke Noor July 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
I have lived here 62 years. I just checked out all of the pics and I don't recognize one person. Different generation I guess! Although one guy had my name on his chest "duke" !!! LOL Interesting that alcohol related fines are tripled on the 4th in HB, but these revelers are allowed to drink and "puke" there. Can you say "hypocrisy" City of HB?
Sarah Flagg July 05, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Oh my gosh, John these are great! How did you protect your camera?
John Schreiber (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I used really expensive plastic bags leftover from a Target shopping trip... Seemed to do the trick pretty well. That and ninja-like, puke-dodging reflexes.
PATRICK KOVAC July 05, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Im not sure if you were joking about your name Duke but the name on his chest is "PUKE".SPECIALC And their guess singers were awesome!!! BRO HMMM.See you next year gang!!!!
millie leos July 06, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Life at the beach is diffrent.Those who live there know this. This event is one day a year and its a adult event. I grew up going to Hermosa and watching the Ironman and its always been a great way to kick off the 4th!!!
Duke Noor July 06, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Pat that was a joke! Duke used to "Puke" on the beach, but not anymore!
H. Schwartz July 12, 2012 at 02:51 PM
As long as no one smokes.
Tacit_Blue July 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Those who live there know...You're right. We do know. We also remember when the DRINKING part of the event was held on PRIVATE property. The beer drinking on the beach didn't start till a few years back,And that my friends is the entire issue with the Ironman. So spare me the "those of us who live here " crap, Millie. If you lived here longer than 10 years you'd know these pesky little facts. So bone out kook.

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