Ironman 70.3 Delivers Winners–and a Marriage!

By Bill Plock

After 70.3 miles of racing, less than 75 yards separated 1st from 2nd place in the men’s pro race.

At the awards ceremony, men’s winner Chris Leiferman thanked fellow competitor Tyler Butterfield for pushing him–Leiferman won by eight seconds! Leiferman knew Butterfield was close behind when the crowds errupted behind him as Butterfield was closing the gap. But Leiferman prevailed to take first place with a time of 3:44:32. The rest of the field included Kennett Peterson, 3rd, Andy Potts, 4th, Josh Armberger (Aus) 5th and Ben Hoffman 6th. Only Jos Armberger doesn’t reside in Colorado, quite the day for the Coloradans!

The women’s race was won by Skye Moench with a time of 4:09. She came off a recent victory in the full in Frankfurt Germany and Boulder was her first 70.3 win. In second place was Boulder’s Lesley Smith, followed by Meredith Kessler(USA) , Luiza Cravo (Brazil), Romina Palacio (Argentina) and Rachel Olson (USA).

Of the 2,200 amateurs who started the race, Matt McWilliams was the fastest male with a 3:58 time and Alina Henschke Busch for women at 4:28. As temperatures soared into high 90’s the last athletes came in around 4:30

In a fun side story, the Miami Tri Club brought 50 athletes to race, but more importantly to be witnesses to the club manager, Andy Clark marrying Stephanie Reinhold at the finish line after all the athletes were in–and having raced themselves. Andy’s sister in-law, Nicole Clark works for IRONMAN in Louisville. She and her husband, Nick (Andy’s twin brother) raced as well. It’s all one big happy family in the Triathlon World!! Congrats to the Clark family!

All the results of yesterdays race can be found HERE

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

Boulder

 

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder kicks off at the pristine Boulder Reservoir with its spectacular Rocky Mountain backdrop. This even has been an athlete favorite for over a decade. IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder is one of the fastest IRONMAN events to sell out each year–making it one of the most sought-after races in the country.

The extremely fast course provides personal records for many, even our local professional field. Where else in the country can you race against the best in the world on their home training ground?

Boulder was founded in 1858, featuring the renowned Red Rocks amphitheater and Chautauqua, an unparalleled hiking, music, and picnic destination. From vineyards and breweries to shopping and mountain climbing, there are activities for everyone. Popular venues include the Pearl Street Mall and the 29th Street Retail District. Pearl Street’s pedestrian throughway comes alive at night with live music and entertainment for everyone. The creativity and spirit of Boulder, Colo. will bring you back year after year. Check out bouldercoloradousa.com to plan your trip.

 

Event details and registration here

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder

 

Nestled at the foot of the Flatirons Mountains, Boulder, Colorado is a wildly popular home-based and vacation destination for triathletes. The city’s health-conscious culture, near-perfect weather and breathtaking natural environment made it an instant favorite from the first running.

Once finished in the water, the first transition will start athletes on a beautiful multi-loop course all contained within Boulder County, The course has a few pronounced climbs, but in general it’s a fast one. Once done with the two 40+ mile loops, athletes will complete the final 80-112 miles on an additional loop and roll into downtown Boulder for the second transition at Boulder High School.

The two-loop run course is almost entirely on Boulder Creek Trail, winding along the creek and through city parks. Spectators will have multiple opportunities to cheer on their athletes. and the last few steps of the day happen on Pearl Street, making for a triumphant finish.

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir

 

The Boulder Stroke & Stride enters its 18th season in 2019, and offers Boulder area athletes a fun 1-lap 750 Meter Swim, or 2-Lap 1500 Meter swim in Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 5k run on the reservoir dam on 9 Thursday evenings throughout the summer. Many participants make their open-water swimming debut in the beginner-friendly Stroke & Stride 750 meter swim. 250-400 participants enjoy the Stroke & Stride every week! Live timing, great post race food, hooded sweatshirts for 6-pack entries, and series prizes are just the beginning!

 

May 30th, June 6th, June 13th, June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, August 1st

 

Event details and registration here