St. George, Utah (May 5, 2012) – Nearly 1,500 athletes ranging in age from 18 to 71 entered Sand Hollow Reservoir at the third edition of Ironman St. George. Top professionals Ben Hoffman (USA) and Meredith Kessler (USA) celebrated victories, crossing the finish line in 9:07:04 and 10:12:59, respectively.
After a swim that included strong winds and rough waters, Heath Thurston (USA) exited the water first followed by Maik Twelsiek (DEU). A strong group of professionals exited T1 and powered through a challenging bike course, but it was ultimately Twelsiek and Ben Hoffman (USA) who would set the tone for much of the 112-mile ride. Hoffman proved to be too much, breaking away at mile 102 and holding onto his lead into T2. The 2010 Ironman Lake Placid Champion continued to open up his gap on the last leg of the course and ran his way to a second Ironman title, winning the 2012 Ironman St. George.
Top five professional men’s results are below:
- Ben Hoffman USA 9:07:04
- Maik Twelsiek DEU 9:25:58
- Axel Zeebroek BEL 9:35:33
- Thomas Gerlach USA 9:49:00
- Matthew Sheeks USA 9:52:03
Meredith Kessler (USA) was the first professional female to run on to the shore, exiting the water in sixth-place overall. From start to finish, it was Kessler who dominated the race as challenging conditions tested many of the female professionals. The multiple Ironman champion not only captured her first Ironman St. George title, but did it as the eighth overall finisher of the event. In the rest of the women’s field, Mackenzie Madison (USA), Uli Bromme (USA), Jessica Smith (USA) and Jessie Donovan (USA) all made charges on the bike, heading into T2 minutes apart, but it was Donovan and Bromme who would prevail on the run to ensure their places in the top five.
Top five professional women’s results are below:
- Meredith Kessler USA 10:12:59
- Jessie Donovan USA 10:37:30
- Uli Bromme USA 10:53:20
- Gillian Clayton CAN 11:15:38
- Erin Spitler USA 11:16:42
One of nearly 30 events in the global Ironman Series, Ironman St. George led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilized a variety of Southern Utah’s scenic areas. The one-loop swim took place in Sand Hollow Reservoir, and the challenging bike and run courses offered spectacular views of downtown St. George, Snow Canyon and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The event offered a total professional prize purse of $25,000 and 50 coveted slots to the 2012 Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
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