Ironman 70.3 LIVE: Photo gallery

L-R: Tim Don, from Great Britain, takes 1st place in men's pro; Heather Wurtele, from Canada, takes 1st place women's pro. Ironman 70.3 St. George, St. George, Utah, May 2, 2015 | Photos by Dave Amodt and Andy Griffin, respectively, St. George News

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ST. GEORGE – Race day has arrived. Nearly 3,000 athletes will compete in the Ironman 70.3 St. George North American Pro Championship, including 39 men and 29 women pro athletes.  This is your news LIVE for quick photos and reports as the race progresses.

Facing these competitors is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike race and 13.1-mile run.

The oldest competitor Saturday is 76-year-old Gerry Forman from Palm Desert, California; and the youngest is 18-year-old Tristan Baird from Smithfield.  Athletes come from 23 countries, with 40 of the United States represented – Utah, California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada being the top five of those.

Water temperature at Sand Hollow Saturday morning, 6:55 a.m., is 60 degrees, according to watertemperature.net. Men and women pros are in the swim.

Updates

  • First male pros out of the water: Todd Skipworth, from Australia, Jon Bird, from Canada, and Ben Collins, USA
  • First female pros out of the water: Meredith Kessler, USA, Jodie Swallow, from Great Britain,  and Mary Beth Ellis, USA
  • See more: Calm waters, sunblock, swim caps; Ironman 70.3 swim start: STGnews Photo Gallery

  • See Ironman 70.3 St. George live leaderboard linked here
  • Race progressions that follow below, according to Ironman 70.3 St. George blog
  • Top three men through the first bike split at 11.1 miles:
    • 51:55 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
      51:56 0:02 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      51:57 0:03 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
  • Top three women through the first bike split at 11.1 miles:
    • 56:34 51 FPRO Annabel Luxford AUS
      56:35 0:02 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
      56:38 0:04 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
  • Top three men through the third bike split at 32.0 miles
    • 1:36:59 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
      1:37:02 0:03 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      1:37:03 0:04 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
  • Top three women through the third bike split at 32.0 miles
    • 1:47:12 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
    • 1:47:14 0:02 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
    • 1:47:17 0:05 51 FPRO Annabel Luxford AUS
  • Top three men through the fourth bike split at 42.4 miles
    • 2:05:05 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
      2:05:06 0:01 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      2:05:07 0:03 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
  • Top three women through the fourth bike split at 42.4 miles
    • 2:19:09 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
      2:19:11 0:03 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
      2:19:12 0:04 56 FPRO Alicia Kaye USA
  • Top three men through bike finish – 56 miles
    • 2:35:51 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      2:35:52 0:02 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
      2:36:20 0:30 16 MPRO Andrew Yoder US
  • Top three women through bike finish – 56 miles
    • 2:53:26 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
      2:53:26 0:01 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
      2:53:47 0:22 51 FPRO Annabel Luxford AUS
  • Top three men through run split 3 – 6.2 miles
    • 3:13:01 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      3:14:33 1:32 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
      3:15:40 2:40 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
  • Top three women through run split 1 – 1.7 miles
    • 3:05:25 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
      3:05:45 0:21 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
      3:06:29 1:05 51 FPRO Annabel Luxford AUS
  • Top three men through run split 4 – 7.4 miles
    • 3:22:10 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      3:23:38 1:28 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
      3:25:31 3:22 18 MPRO Ben Collins USA
  • Top three women through run split 3 – 6.2 miles
    • 3:36:05 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
    • 3:36:16 0:11 48 FPRO Heather Wurtele CAN
    • 3:37:02 0:57 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR
  • MPRO Tim Don from Great Britain first in men’s pro Ironman 70.3 St. George
  • Top three men – finish
    • 3:51:56 3 MPRO Tim Don GBR
      3:53:22 1:27 2 MPRO Brent McMahon CAN
      3:53:39 1:44 6 MPRO Andreas Raelert DEU
  • FPRO Heather Wurtele from Canada first in women’s pro Ironman 70.3 St. George
  • Top three women – finish
    • 4:17:58 48 FPRO Heather Wurtele CAN
      4:19:27 1:30 45 FPRO Meredith Kessler USA
      4:21:32 3:34 47 FPRO Jodie Swallow GBR

 

St. George News Reporter Hollie Reina contributes to this report from Sand Hollow Reservoir in Hurricane.

Photos are arranged somewhat chronologically, most recent first (or at the top)

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery. 

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3 Comments

  • ScanMeister May 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Wow, some fast women in this 70.3 indeed!

  • NotSoFast May 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Nice, total coverage. Thanks.

  • Roy J May 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Whoa! I gotta wonder, is that champagne, and does Ironman get a public permit for serving alcohol in public each year, if it is? Got an leads, Joyce?

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