The infamous “Iron War” in 1989 between Dave Scott and Mark Allen at the IRONMAN World championship in Kona is considered one of the greatest endurance races of all time. But this years IRONMAN Boulder is shaping up to have it’s own legendary finish in the pro’s race and what better way to possibly celebrate the last six years of this race? The “Flat Iron War” is about to begin, buckle up!
There are any number of pros with a good shot to win, but tomorrow, six pro men and two pro women who live and train in Boulder will battle it out. Three of them, Tim O’Donnell , Justin Daerr and Danielle Mack have won IRONMAN Boulder.
Also competing is two time Olympian, top five finisher in Kona, Tyler Butterfield. Now add in a rising star, Boulder native, Sam Long who has won two 70.3’s this year (Victoria just a week ago) with the other Boulder native and “speedo man” Colin Laughery (303 video) and his contagious love of triathlon with Kennett Peterson (303 video) making his pro debut tomorrow and we have the unofficial “Flat Iron War”.
In the women’s race, local pro and Boulder native, 2014 Ironman Boulder Champion Danielle Mack will battle it out with Boulder’s Lesley Smith (303video) in what will surely be a great competition on this final stage.
This will be a fun race to watch. Click on their names to go to their websites and learn more about these amazing athletes!
Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Sam Long both had the fastest runs of the day and both overcame deficits to win IRONMAN Victoria 70.3 on Sunday.
Both Colorado athletes are having terrific seasons. It was Sam’s second win in as many weeks having won IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3 just two weeks ago. Rinny took second in IRONMAN Cancun 70.3 at the end of April.
Sam will be racing IRONMAN Boulder next week (June 9th) so come cheer him on for three in row.
Be sure to listen to Mile High Endurance podcast that will be released during IRONMAN Boulder. Rich Soares and Bill Plock interviewed Sam while he was in Canada preparing for Victoria last week. He shared his plans for that race (along with Boulder) and it seems he executed them well!
There are many story lines to Boulder’s Sam Long taking first place at yesterday’s IRONMAN Chattanooga 70.3, but this quote from the Facebook page of the Wednesday Morning Velo, sums up the local cheering (and maybe some jeering) that accompanied Sam to Tennessee. And is a testament to just how awesome of a performance he had finishing in 3:48:50.
“Congrats to “Threshold Group” honcho, Sam Long, for taking the WIN at yesterday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, including a race best bike split of 2:04:06 for 56 miles… that’s almost 28mph! See if you can hang on next time Sam joins us at WMV“
The official news from IRONMAN:
Boulder’s Sam Long worked hard to eliminate all of his +3:20 time deficit and 14th place finish in the swim over the 56-mile single loop bike course. Coming off the bike with lead and then laying down a solid 1:15:22 run, Long took the victory by a 1:53 winning margin over Jackson Laundry (CAN).
You can hear more about Sam on this interview on Mile High Endurance Podcast with Rich Soares and Bill Plock (of 303), LINK HERE
We get an inside look into what a typical training day looks like for Colin Laughery. Colin is a mentor for “At Risk” kids at a local Middle School. Before and after work, Colin has to find the time to keep up with his training schedule as a Professional Triathlete.