Ironman Texas is notoriously a brutally hot and humid race (with the occasional downpour too). However, 2017 dished up near perfect conditions for the North American Ironman Championships. An early season race with high points and prize money for the pros, coupled with a large number of Kona qualifying spots, meant the Timex Team was well represented.
In the pro race, Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) put together an outstanding, sub-8 hour performance, joining the 7 Hour club with a 7:59:32. Kirill placed 5th overall.
Typically known for his speed at the 70.3 distance, Leon Griffin (AUS) put a solid Ironman together. Finishing in 8:04:04, Leon placed 7th.
Malindi Elmore (CAN) was playing catchup all day but finished off the race with a sub-3 hour marathon to find herself in 8th place.
On the age group side, the team saw several podium finishes and 5 Kona qualifiers!
- Derk De Korver (NLD) finished 3rd in the M30-34 AG with a 30 minute PR and a spot to Kona
- Wendy Mader (GA) finished 3rd in the F40-44 AG and also grabbed a Kona slot
- Scott Boylan (MD) completed his 15th Ironman, finishing 14th in the M60-64 AG
- Craig Lanza (WI) secured his trip to Kona with a 4th place in the M45-49 AG
- Susanne Davis (CA) is going back to Kona with her 3rd place performance in the F45-49 AG
- Meghan Fillnow (NC) managed a 3rd place finish and a Kona qualifying spot in the F30-34 AG after nearly ending her race with a bike crash!
- Emily Kratz (WI) finished 4th in the F35-39 AG but didn't need the Kona slot as she had one from last years IM Arizona
- Luis Alvarez (MEX) finished another Ironman (no surprise here) but this time he was guiding a blind athlete, Marcos Velázquez. They finished 3rd place in PC division
Big congrats to all the participants and thanks to all our partners for helping make it all happen.