Chris Leiferman (USA) and Jodie Robertson (USA) Claim Victories At 2023 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene Triathlon, Part of The Vinfast IRONMAN North America Series
June 26, 2023
Over 1,000 athletes converged in Northern Idaho as IRONMAN celebrated 20 years of racing in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The scenic Northern Idaho and the city of Coeur d’Alene celebrated 20 years of racing with the return of the IRONMAN® Coeur d’Alene triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, on Sunday, June 25. With some of triathlon’s best on hand, Chris Leiferman (USA) won the men’s professional race with a finishing time of 08:06:42, while Jodie Robertson (USA) topped the podium in the women’s professional race with a time of 09:07:31. The race featured live event coverage on the IRONMAN.com/live, IRONMAN YouTube and Facebook channels, and was one of a series of 12 IRONMAN triathlon events from across the globe broadcast throughout 2023 season. To watch a replay of the race, visit here.
Behind Leiferman was Matthew Marquardt (USA) who nearly matched the leader’s run split en route to claiming second place just over two minutes back with a time of 8:08:49. Rounding out the podium in third was Justin Metzler (USA) with a time of 8:23:29. Haley Chura (USA), who led for the first seven hours of the race before being passed by Robertson, finished in second place with a time of 9:17:29 while Melanie McQuaid (CAN) secured third place with a time of 9:22:03.
Top five professional men’s race results:
Top five professional women’s race results:
|1. Jodie Robertson||USA||00:59:00||04:54:36||03:07:43||09:07:31|
|2. Haley Chura||USA||00:50:14||05:02:05||03:20:47||09:17:29|
|3. Melanie McQuaid||CAN||00:55:57||05:01:02||03:20:39||09:22:03|
|4. Ai Ueda||JPN||00:55:58||05:21:51||03:02:15||09:23:58|
|5. Jen Annett||CAN||01:03:48||04:58:26||03:18:16||09:25:00|
The 2023 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, saw over 1,000 athletes start the race ranging in age from 18-76 years old. Athletes kicked off their full-distance IRONMAN triathlon journey with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run through Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas. The two-loop swim took place in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Once out of the water, athletes transitioned over to the 112-mile bike portion. The two-loop bike course started when athletes exited Lake Coeur d’Alene and toured the scenic Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. Athletes had the opportunity to ride along the shaded and fast course. Athletes were then challenged on the back leg of each loop with the rolling hills south of town. Runners experienced a three-loop course along the lakeside residential areas in Coeur d’Alene and along Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive. The rolling course finished with its iconic downhill finish on Sherman Ave in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The event offered a professional prize purse of $100,000. Additionally, the 2023 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMN North America Series offered 65 male and 115 female qualifying slots for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, with the men’s race taking place on September 10 in Nice, France and the women’s race taking place on October 14, 2023, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Official results can be found at www.ironman.com/im-coeur-dalene-results.
Following a vote at Tuesday’s City of Coeur d’Alene council meeting, a new three-year host venue agreement was agreed upon between IRONMAN and the North Idaho Sports Commission to host an IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlon in the City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. General registration will open on July 12, 2023, by visiting www.ironman.com/im703-coeur-dalene.
Next IRONMAN Events Coming Up
The racing continues on the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit in North America with the debut edition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Pennsylvania Happy Valley triathlon on Sunday, July 2. Athletes will be treated to beautiful Pennsylvania scenery, a 1.2-mile swim in Foster Joseph Sayers Reservoir at Bald Eagle State Park. Athletes will then take on a scenic 56-mile bike ride through the beautiful rolling hills of Centre and Clinton Counties, culminating with a 13.1-mile run on the campus of Penn State University including a unique finish line experience for athletes inside iconic Beaver Stadium. On July 9, the racing heads North, stopping in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York with the IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman and to Canada’s cottage country at IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka.
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