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Peter Johnsrud (St Louis, Mo.) and Kirsten Sass (Mckenzie Tenn.) Claim Victories at 2022 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis Triathlon

October 1, 2022

Over 1,100 athletes took on the journey throughout Memphis and Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 1, 2022) – Memphis, Tennessee and Shelby Farms Park played host to the second edition of the 2022 St. Jude IRONMAN® 70.3® Memphis triathlon on Saturday, October 1. With some of triathlon’s best on hand, the event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® saw the athletes attempt the 70.3-mile IRONMAN journey with a 1.2-mile swim in Hyde Lake, before taking on the 56-mile bike course throughout Fayette County and Shelby Farms Park and finishing with the 13.1-mile run around Hyde Lake and on the Chickasaw Trail.

In the men’s age-group race, Peter Johnsrud of St. Louis, Mo. competing in the M25-29 age group was the first to cross the line with an overall finishing time of 4:19:42. In the women’s age group race, Kirsten Sass of McKenzie, Tenn. racing in the F40-44 age group took top honors with an overall finishing time of 4:46:45.

The 2022 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis saw more than 1,100 athletes representing 16 countries and 47 states start the race.  Athletes kicked off their 70.3-mile journey with a 1.2-mile swim in Hyde Lake, lined by a paved walkway full of spectators. The swimmers exited the water at Hyde Lake Boat House before taking on the single loop 56-mile bike course through the rolling hills in Fayette County and Shelby Farms Park. The 13.1-mile run course took athletes through a two-loop course within Shelby Farms Park, around Hyde Lake and on the popular Chickasaw Trail. The event offered 30 age-group qualifying slots to the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland on August 26 & 27, 2023.

During Saturday’s St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, three fathers reunited in a demonstration of not only of physical strength but the power of a unique shared connection – having children treated for cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more about these three fathers on St. Jude Inspire here – www.stjude.org/inspire/series/running-toward-life/three-st-jude-dads-unite-for-st-jude-ironman-memphis.html

Full results for the 2022 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis triathlon can be found at www.ironman.com/im703-memphis-results.

IRONMAN 70.3 will return to Memphis on Oct. 7, 2023. General registration for the 2023 event will open on Nov. 9, 2022 and can be accessed by visiting www.ironman.com/im703-memphis.

For more information on the 2022 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis, visit  www.ironman.com/im703-memphis. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media-related inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com.

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter,  Instagram,  LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube  channel.  

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance

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