Another Kona Ironman is in the books. Eight Timex athletes took on the heat, humidity, winds, and best Ironmen in the world yesterday - all but two managed to beat the island.
The standout performance of the event was had by Ellen Hart who successfully defended her world championship title in the F55-59 age group. Ellen blazing fast bike (she thanks her Trek for that) and second fastest run of the day, brought her across the line in first, once again. Ellen's season has been nothing short of outstanding. She secured world titles at ITU Worlds, 70.3 Worlds, and now Ironman Worlds!
Also defending his title, Pierre-Mark Doyon, had a little different story to his day. After coming out of transition in second place, PM suffered three flat tires (including one on the neutral support wheel). Handicapped by 20+ minutes, PM decided to pull the plug. He will be back next year to reclaim his title.
Daniel Bretscher, our lone pro on course, finished the day off in a time of 9:27:12 (31st in the M Pro race)
Susanne Davis finished her day in a time of 10:53:13 (12th in F40-44)
Roger Thompson finished in 9:52:20 (37th in M40-44)
Craig Lanza finished in 12:40:04 (189th in M45-49)
Jennifer Pinto, suffering from sickness and a few mechanicals on the bike, pulled out of the run.
Sam Mazer finished in 11:14:43 (28th in F30-34)
Back on the mainland at Ironman Louisville, James Burke, put on an incredible performance and can now say he's an Ironman Champion! A no-pro race in Louisville meant that James and the other 2,500 amateur athletes would be battling it out for the overall title. With a 20 minute margin of victory, James was the first to grab the finisher tape, taking the overall win. He swam a 46:47, biked a 4:53:05, and ran a 2:58:21, for a total time of 8:48:53.