James Cunnama comes from a very sporty family in South-Africa with both parents having completed multiple Comrades Marathons and discovered the joys of long distance running at a young age. In 2004, James was drafted into the volunteer ranks to assist in race-day organisation of the Port Elisabeth Half-Ironman. The next year the real thing, the Ironman, came to town and James became more involved in the organisation. This first-hand encounter with one of the toughest single-day endurance events in the world opened the door to a new world and James was bitten by the notorious ‘triathlon bug’. In this interview we talk about: - His sporting background and how he got into triathlon.- Why South-Africans love their endurance events.- What it felt to go 7h59'59" at Challenge Roth in 2012.- His stellar 4th in Kona 2013 and what he was hoping for in this year's race.- Challenge Bahrain and the Kona dream.