Dan Plews (Auckland, New Zealand) And Kristen Yax (Bend, Oregon, United States) Top Finishers at the 2023 Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California Triathlon, Part of The Vinfast IRONMAN North America Series

October 23, 2023

- Over 2,200 athletes converged in California’s Capital City for second edition of Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of The VinFast IRONMAN North America Series - Plews records the fastest age-group athlete time in a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – California’s Capital City and its surrounding areas provided a stunning backdrop for the 2023 Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN® California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, on Sunday, October 22, 2023. Dan Plews from Auckland, New Zealand (M40-44 Age Group) took the overall victory and in the process he set the fastest finishing time for an age- group athlete in the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon, completing the course in 7:56:56. In the women’s age group race, Kristen Yax from Bend, Oregon (F40-44 Age Group) also had an impressive day as she claimed the top spot, finishing with a time of 9:17:29.

The 2023 Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, saw more than 2,200 athletes from 54 countries, regions and territories, and 49 U.S. states start the race. The event, which included an updated course, led athletes on a very fast 2.4-mile point-to-point swim down the American and Sacramento Rivers exiting at Township 9 Park near the famous Tower Bridge before entering the updated transition area outside the baseball stadium. The 112-mile bike course around the Sacramento River delta region offered a fast, two-loop tour of the beautiful wine country of the Central Valley. The athletes transitioned to a flat, two-loop 26.2-mile run course that first took them along the Sacramento River and under the historic Tower Bridge before entering the River Walk Trail. Once runners passed through Old Sacramento and reached the turnaround in Discovery Park, they then returned to transition to begin their second lap. Athletes finished their race in downtown Sacramento to cheering spectators around the California State Capitol building and gardens. The event offered age group qualifying slot to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship with the women racing in Nice, France on September 22 and the men racing in Kona, Hawai`i on October 26.

The Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North American Series will return to Sacramento, Calif. on October 27, 2024.

Official results can be found at www.ironman.com/im-california-results.

For more information on the 2023 Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, visit www.ironman.com/im-california. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact press@ironman.com.


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