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Ironman Results: Top Ten

Congrats to all of the Ironman Arizona finishers! After a 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake, 112 mile bike ride on the roads of Tempe and Phoenix and then a 26.2 mile run to complete an IRONMAN, you should all be very proud. Thanks for visiting Tempe and showing all of us what truly great athletes look like.

Here are the top ten men and women of November 18, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona:

Nils Frommhold, the 2012 IRONMAN Arizona Champion

TOP TEN PRO MEN
FROMMHOLD, Nils: 08:03:16
MATTHEWS, Paul: 08:05:01
TOLLAKSON, Tj: 08:07:39
BUTTERFIELD, Tyler: 08:14:44
HAST, Jarmo: 08:16:12
MIKELSON, Ian: 08:19:41
STARYKOWICZ, Andrew: 08:20:39
RUSSELL, Matthew: 08:30:53
RITTER, Christian: 08:35:11
GERLACH, Thomas: 08:36:08

Linsey Corbin, the 2012 IRONMAN Arizona Champion

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN
CORBIN, Linsey: 09:01:44
KESSLER, Meredith: 09:06:44
ABRAHAM, Corinne: 09:15:13
GROSS, Sara: 09:18:07
WEERD, Mirjam: 09:24:30
CAVE, Leanda: 09:24:54 (2011 winner)
CHURA, Haley: 09:28:25
HOMO, Malaika: 09:28:43
WERNICK, Charisa: 09:30:30
SCHWABENBAUER, Kim: 09:30:57

Click here for results.

A Warm Day in Arizona for Ironman Athletes

Usually the Ironman rolls into Tempe just as the cooler weather begins, but today was surely a test of endurance of the true IRONMEN out there, competing in 80 degree temperatures. If you are not familiar with the event, the Ironman is a triathlon, which is a multiple-stage competition of continuous activities such as swimming, biking and running in sequential order proving extreme endurance disciplines. Today, I went to Tempe Beach Park to cheer on athletes from the sidelines and snap a few photos, of course. I can’t wait to hear the results.

Welcome Ironman Arizona

At 7 this morning, the athletes began their goal of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and full marathon, 26.2 miles. The athletes who participate in Ironman’s train extensively, have specific diets, workouts and even personal coaches help them prepare for such a high level of competition.

Bike race on Rio Salado Parkway

When standing at the bike finish line, I saw a coach calmly update his client on his combined time of swim and bike thus far, as the man dismounted his bike and shed the cycling shoe. I noticed a very fast paced mentality where you need to keep moving all the time. As soon as the athlete comes close to the check point, they clicked off the cycling shoe and begin dismounting the bike and give the bike to a volunteer who takes the bike to valet as the athlete prepares for the running stint.

The dismount

I love watching the race and the feeling of inspiration that surrounds me as they pass by. I feel a strong sense motivation and realization that working hard for something is a beautiful thing.

It’s a lifelong goal for some, and a career for others. To all, they show motivation and drive, each has their own personal story, but all want to finish the race.

Close to the bike finish line

Ironman bike race

A quick interesting fact: People come from all 50 United States and many other countries to compete in the Ironman.

Ironman Results

Leanda Cave- 2011 Ironman AZ winner

Leanda Cave’s stats

Leanda Cave, 33, is a professional triathlete. Although she lives and trains in Tuscon, Ariz, Cave is originally from Louth, England.

Top Ten Women

1. 8:49:00 71 Leanda Cave Tucson AZ GBR
2. 8:54:33 5:34 70 Linsey Corbin Missoula MT USA
3. 9:00:14 11:15 72 Meredith Kessler San Francisco CA USA
4. 9:09:39 20:39 73 Amanda Stevens
5. 9:11:23 22:23 101 Michelle Vesterby Odense DEN
6. 9:12:18 23:19 79 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
7. 9:12:40 23:41 94 Kathleen Calkins Goold River CA USA
8. 9:18:03 29:04 99 Sara Gross Victoria BC CAN
9. 9:19:47 30:48 75 Susan Dietrich Messel DEU
10. 9:22:37 33:37 86 Charisa Wernick Carlsbad CA USA

Eneko Llanos- 2011 Ironman AZ winner

Eneko Llanos stats

Eneko Llanos is 35 years old of Vitoria- Gasteiz, Spain. Llanos did not complete his first three attempts at Ironman, but finished in first today.

Top Ten Men 
1. 7:59:38 23 Eneko Llanos Vitoria-Gasteiz SPA
2. 8:01:29 1:51 34 Paul Amey Santa Monica CA GBR
3. 8:14:36 14:58 2 Viktor Zyemtsev Clermont FL UKR
4. 8:16:44 17:07 37 Torsten Abel Tucson AZ USA
5. 8:18:55 19:17 50 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
6. 8:19:29 19:52 54 Sebastian Kienle Hobenklugen BW DEU
7. 8:19:38 20:00 67 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
8. 8:21:36 21:59 20 Michael Weiss Colorado Spring CO DEU
9. 8:22:21 22:43 66 Trevor Wurtele Kelauna BC CAN
10. 8:26:10 26:33 7 Christophe Bastie Saint Chamond FRA

Event Photos

Tempe: Make Way For The Ironmen

Intense training for weeks, months, even years…. Talk about blood, sweat and tears. This is the life of an Ironman.

The Ironman is one of the most recognized endurance events around. This Sunday over 2000 athletes will participate in the seventh Ironman Arizona. The triathlon is a three-part race that begins with a 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake with temperatures in the range of 60 degrees. Most swimmers prefer to wear a wetsuit for the swim. Next the participants grab their bikes for a 112 mile bike ride around a three-loop course to the Beeline Highway, through the Sonoran Desert back to Tempe Town Lake. The last leg is running a full marathon, which is 26.2 miles throughout the city-where spectators can cheer you on!

I am always amazed to watch athletes compete in this race. It is definitely not meant for beginner athletes. Some people don’t even finish the race. Those that do cross the finish line, earn the title of “Ironman”.

Biking 112 miles around Tempe

In 2009 the first place finisher, Jordan Rapp of Scarborough, NY, crossed the finish line at 8:13:35, while last place doubled that time finishing in almost 17 hours.  Only 112 people of the 2516 participants registered did not finish the race.

What: Ironman Arizona Triathlon

Where: Tempe Town Lake and surrounding roads

When: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at 6:50 a.m.

Cutoff times (meaning you must be finished with each leg of the race by a certain time)

  • The swim event- 9:20 a.m.
  • The bike ride- 5:30 p.m.
  • The run course- Midnight

Driving around Tempe will be a challenge this weekend as many roads will be closed to accommodate for the biking and running portions of the race. To travel north and south use Priest Drive of the Highway 101. For east and west, use Highway 202 or University Drive.

Dial 511 for traffic information.

Related Links:

Ironman Race Information

How to Train for Your First Ironman

Equipment Checklist