Since 1998 Hawaiian Airlines has sponsored the "Double", awarding cash and free flights to the pro and amateur men and women who can conquer the challenges of the Ironman World Championship and the XTERRA World Championship (Oct. 28) in the fastest time.
October 17, 2012 (Honolulu, HI) – Since 1998 Hawaiian Airlines has sponsored the “Double”, awarding cash and free flights to the pro and amateur men and women who can conquer the challenges of the Ironman World Championship and the XTERRA World Championship (Oct. 28) in the fastest time.
There are several notable “doublers” in this year’s field including Germany’s Sebastian Kienle (4th at Ironman) and American Mary Beth Ellis (5th at IM).
New among the brave souls who have committed to doing both Ironman and XTERRA is Carol Rasmussen, a 48-year-old from Denmark – who remarkably is in her first year of racing triathlon.
“My first triathlon was XTERRA Germany and I placed 1st. Things have been going great ever since,” said Rasmussen. “In my first Ironman, which was in Spain this spring, I qualified for Ironman Kona. I competed again at XTERRA Germany and won, so now with one year triathlon training I’m doing both world championships.”
Rasmussen started swimming after a bike accident six years ago that resulted in two fractured backbones. While she thought about getting into triathlon at the time, she continued bike racing.
“I have won a lot of different kind of races. Road racing in the French Alps and in Belgium, and I have won a lot of Danish MTB races – 12hour and 24hour races – and even placed 2nd in the Danish elite group although I am the grand old lady in Danish mountain biking and could be their mom.”
Rasmussen will be racing with the added adversity of an injured left Achilles, “but I hope I am feeling great on the 28th. If my body isn’t too tired from the Ironman I believe I will be able to end up on the podium at XTERRA – hopefully in first place.”
“I really can’t wait for the XTERRA, I think it is the greatest triathlon event and sport in the world.”
Here’s a look at the tentative list of those that competed at the Ironman World Championship in Kona on Saturday and are now in Maui getting ready for some fun at XTERRA Worlds next Sunday.
|Name (Hometown) Division||Division||IM Time|
|Sebastian Kienle (Hohenklinger, Germany)||MPro||
|Mary Beth Ellis (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)||WPro||
|Anthony Snoble (East Islip, NY)||M35-39||
|Brett Dunstan (Geelong, Victoria, Australia)||M40-44||
|Chad Jarrett (Costa Mesa, CA)||M40-44||
|Patrick Clark (Aiea, Hawaii)||M35-39||
|Jeff Bassett (Scottsdale, Arizona)||M45-49||
|Erica Dueger (Concord, New Hampshire)||F45-49||
|Rebecca Fondermann (Bonn, Germany)||F30-34||
|Pablo Ureta (Huerta Grande, Argentina)||M30-34||
|Carol Rasmussen (Karlslunde, Denmark)||F45-49||
Past Hawaiian Airlines Pro Double Winners
2010: Eneko Llanos (11:02:46), Julie Dibens (12:09:36)
2009: Eneko Llanos (11:15:17)
2008: Eneko Llanos (11:03:39), Sibylle Matter (13:12:08)
2007: Eneko Llanos (11:17:17), Erika Csomor (13:12:50)
2006: Eneko Llanos (11:09:17), Sibylle Matter (13:24:06)
2005: Peter Reid (11:10:09), Kate Major (12:51:01)
2004: Peter Reid (11:27:59), Heather Fuhr (13:18:17)
2003: Peter Reid (11:03:50), Heather Fuhr (12:42:03)
2002: Peter Reid (11:18:23), Arianne Gutknecht (13:30:26)
2001: Cameron Widoff (11:54:30), Wendy Ingraham (13:37:04)
2000: Peter Reid (11:05:07), Beth Zinkland (13:15:26)
1999: Olivier Bernhart (11:05:09), Uli Blank (13:09:57)
1998: Peter Reid (10:59:49), Wendy Ingraham (12:58:32)
*No pros completed the Double in 2011
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About TEAM Unlimited/XTERRA
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