Ironman Arizona marks the end of the North American Ironman season. Because it' the last domestic chance of the year to secure major pro Kona points and the last chance of the year for age groupers to punch their ticket for KONA 2017, AZ is naturally a heavily contested event. The big news from AZ this year was Lionel Sanders' record breaking 7:44:29 Ironman finish, but Timex athletes also captures some solid attention.
Sam Long (CO) finished 15th in his first professional Ironman race. Sam, has been focusing on the 70.3 distance much of the year, but is a full distance athlete at heart. His finishing time was 8:29:07.
Emily Kratz (WI) had a dominating performance in AZ. Finishing in 9:46:30, she managed to not only capture the F35-39 title, but also crossed the line as 1st AG female finisher! There are rumors that this time was the second fastest female amateur time recorded at IM AZ, ever.
Craig Lanza (WI) finished his 26th Ironman and placed 10th in the M45-49 age group in a time of 9:43:28.
Luis Alvarez (MEX) finished his 138th Ironman in Arizona with one more to go for the 2016 season - his home town race of Ironman Cozumel.