GEORGE, Utah (May 2, 2015) – Taking advantage of beautiful Utah conditions, Tim Don (GBR) and Heather Wurtele (CAN) used blistering run splits to capture the titles at today’s IRONMAN® 70.3® North American Pro Championship St. George triathlon, crossing the finish line in 3:51:56 and 4:17:58, respectively.
Todd Skipworth (AUS) and Jon Bird (CAN) led out of the water after recording 23:15 swim times. A group of 11 men that contained the top contenders were less than minute off the pace and included Ben Collins (USA), Brent McMahon (CAN), Andreas Raelert (DEU), Tim Don (GBR) and Andrew Yoder (USA).
Once on the bike Collins, McMahon, Don and Yoder worked together to put distance on the field. Thanks to the fastest bike split of the day, McMahon was off the bike first and was accompanied by Collins as the lead pair entered T2 within seconds of each other. The pair managed to put Yoder and Don in the hole, as Maik Twelseiek (DEU) powered towards the front of the race and dismounted the bike in fourth, looking at a 2:47 deficit to overcome.
Out on the run course, McMahon ramped up his speed, resulting in Collins, Don and Yoder slipping back in the early miles. During the closing half of the race, Raelert ran his way through the field and was gaining time on the leaders. Don pulled away from the men in the end and went on to capture the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George title. McMahon took second while Raelert stormed the run course and worked his way into the final podium placing.
Top 10 professional men’s results:
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
- Tim Don GBR 00:23:34 02:11:40 01:14:02 03:51:56
- Brent McMahon CAN 00:23:27 02:10:40 01:16:49 03:53:22
- Andreas Raelert DEU 00:23:33 02:14:25 01:12:46 03:53:39
- Tim Reed AUS 00:24:07 02:13:59 01:15:13 03:56:07
- Ben Hoffman USA 00:26:55 02:10:45 01:15:33 03:56:21
Meredith Kessler (USA), Jodie Swallow (GBR), Mary Beth Ellis (USA), Annabel Luxford (AUS), Ricarda Lisk (DEU) and Alcia Kaye (USA) exited the water all within ten seconds of each other as they ran into T1 to start the women’s race.
Once on the bike course, Kessler, Swallow, Luxford and Ellis pulled away from their competition along with Wurtele who laid down a race best time of 2:25:29 for the bike. Swallow and Kessler dismounted their bikes together, with Luxford Kaye and Ellis all less than a minute off the pace. Wurtele’s impressive bike garnered her the fourth position entering T2.
On the run, Kessler put some distance on Swallow in the early stages as Wurtele picked up her pace to pass Luxford and Ellis. Nearing the halfway point of the course, Wurtele took the lead and crossed the finish line to claim the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George title with a time of 4:17:58. Kessler was next across the line to take second with a 4:19:27 finish time, while Swallow finished off the podium with a time of 4:21:32.
Top 10 professional women’s results:
SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
- Heather Wurtele CAN 00:27:44 02:25:29 01:21:57 04:17:58
- Meredith Kessler USA 00:25:10 02:26:15 01:24:56 04:19:27
- Jodie Swallow GBR 00:25:10 02:26:18 01:27:12 04:21:32
- Annabel Luxford AUS 00:25:14 02:26:37 01:27:50 04:22:40
- Alicia Kaye USA 00:25:19 02:26:59 01:27:49 04:23:12
One of more than 80 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series, the IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship St. George triathlon led athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run on a course that utilized the beautiful city of St. George. Athletes began their day with a single-loop swim in the protected waters of Sand Hollow Reservoir. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a single-loop bike course through the towns of Hurricane, Washington and St. George before proceeding up Snow Canyon parkway and through the picturesque Snow Canyon State Park. The single-loop run course wound through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and offered amazing views of St. George while running along the bluff before returning to the finish line on Main Street in the heart of downtown. Offering a total professional prize purse of $100,000, the race also awarded a total of 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria on August 30, 2015.
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