Tim O’Donnell Achieves U.S. Fastest Finish Ever at 2019 IRONMAN World Championship; Fueled by UCAN’s SuperStarch®

October 16, 2019

Steady-Carb Provided Long-Lasting Energy for Record-Setting Podium Finish

WOODBRIDGE, Conn. – UCAN, energy innovator of SuperStarch®, today congratulated its professional triathlete Tim O’Donnell who placed second at Saturday’s 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. O’Donnell finished the race in 7 hours, 59 minutes and 40 seconds, the fastest finish ever for an American at the Ironman World Championship. A UCAN athlete since April 2019, O’Donnell uses the long-lasting complex carbohydrate, SuperStarch, and UCAN’s Hydrate electrolyte drink mix during training, race day and post-race recovery.

“There are no words to express how grateful I am to all of my race partners, including UCAN, for helping me get to this moment,” said Tim O’Donnell, who achieved his highest ever finish in Kona. “UCAN has been a true partner by helping me dial in my nutrition, so I have a steady drip of fuel running through my body to keep my energy levels sustained for a long period of time. My nutrition program, which features UCAN’s SuperStarch, helped me reach new levels at this year’s IRONMAN World Championship. I look forward to using SuperStarch throughout my future trainings, races and in everyday life.”

How O’Donnell Fuels with UCAN SuperStarch

O’Donnell shares a sneak peek at his fueling regimen, which ensures he has long-lasting and steady energy to support his body’s performance during Iron-distance training and racing.

  • For the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship, O’Donnell pre-loaded with two servings of orange Performance Energy before the cannon, then had two servings of plain UCAN Performance Energy mixed with two servings of high glycemic carbohydrate in approximately 20 ounces of water, which he prepares in three bottles.
  • Prior to longer rides, O’Donnell eats two chocolate UCAN Bars topped with either peanut or almond butter.
  • During aerobic rides and before his runs, O’Donnell drinks lemon or orange UCAN Performance Energy mixed with water.
  • After every intense workout, O’Donnell drinks vanilla UCAN Performance Energy plus Protein mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

“We are extremely proud of Tim O’Donnell and his U.S. record-breaking finish at this year’s IRONMAN World Championship,” commented Shoba Murali, co-founder and CEO, UCAN. “We are always inspired when athletes break records with our natural and healthy carbohydrate, SuperStarch, as it validates the benefits of this unique carbohydrate. The key is to use UCAN’s SuperStarch during training, so your body can adapt to become metabolically efficient. Athletes like Tim are able to run longer, ride farther and swim with more intensity because they can trust SuperStarch energy to support them from training to race day without energy crashes.”

Join the UCAN team for a live webinar with Tim O’Donnell on Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET to learn more about the nutrition that fueled his success in Kona. Register today.

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About Tim O’Donnell

Timothy O’Donnell is one of the world’s most successful and experienced American long-course triathletes. After joining Team UCAN in 2019, Tim went on to finish second at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, HI and recorded the fastest American finish ever (7:59:40) at the legendary race. As a professional, he has earned more than 50 podium finishes, including more than 22 wins at major events throughout the world. Along with the ITU Long Distance World Champion (2009) title, his other wins include nine Ironman 70.3 victories, two IRONMAN wins, and six Armed Forces National Championships. At the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Tim has finished 2nd (2019), 3rd (2015), 4th (2018), 5th (2013), 6th (2016), 8th (2012) and earned the top American spot four times. Tim is married to three-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, and together they have a daughter named Izzy.

About UCAN

UCAN delivers smarter energy powered by SuperStarch®, a patented, naturally cooked non-GMO food starch that provides a steady release of complex carbohydrates to keep athletes fueled and performing at their best. UCAN’s revolutionary SuperStarch energy powders and bars flip the script on athletic energy consumption – providing steady, long-lasting energy with no sugar spike and no sugar crash. Originally created to address the energy issues of a child, today it is quickly becoming the go-to for elite athletes, professional athletes, Olympic athletes and weekend fitness warriors. Learn more about UCAN and SuperStarch® at and get the latest buzz in the #UCAN world @GenUCAN on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Andrea Martin
Andrea D. Martin Consulting, LLC.
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