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Ford Ironman Kona World Championships, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 10/9/2009

Craig Alexander successfully defends his crown against a surging Chris Lieto. Chrissie Wellington had a comfortable lead off the bike, and was more concerned about her overall placing. She finished 23rd overall and also took the course record from Paula Newby-Fraser by 2 minutes. Mirinda Carfrae surprised everyone with her run which also broke the run course record set by Chrissie Wellington last year by 3 minutes.

Male:

1 8:20:21 1 Alexander, Craig Cronulla NSW AUS 50:57 1:44 4:37:33 2:04 2:48:05
2 8:22:56 2:35 24 Lieto, Chris Danville CA USA 51:07 1:44 4:25:11 2:21 3:02:35
3 8:24:32 4:11 54 Raelert, Andreas Drage NS GER 51:00 2:05 4:38:01 2:25 2:51:05
4 8:25:20 4:59 15 McCormack, Chris Burraneer NSW AUS 52:51 1:55 4:32:45 1:53 2:55:59
5 8:28:17 7:56 32 Henning, Rasmus Birkerod DNK 51:06 2:03 4:37:07 2:30 2:55:33
6 8:28:52 8:31 28 Bracht, Timo Eberbach GER 54:30 1:49 4:33:49 2:19 2:56:27
7 8:29:55 9:35 79 Bockel, Dirk Munsbach LUX 50:50 1:56 4:37:29 2:00 2:57:42
8 8:30:15 9:55 161 Jacobs, Pete Sydney NSW AUS 50:03 1:43 4:38:41 2:35 2:57:14
9 8:30:30 10:10 7 Potts, Andy Colorado S CO USA 47:45 1:56 4:46:07 2:29 2:52:15
10 8:31:44 11:23 11 Al-Sultan, Faris Al-Ain ABU UAE 50:53 1:49 4:33:40 2:13 3:03:11

Female:

1 8:54:02 101 Wellington, Chrissie Feltwell NOR GBR 54:31 2:15 4:52:07 2:05 3:03:06
2 9:13:59 19:57 131 Carfrae, Mirinda Brisbane QLD AUS 58:45 1:54 5:14:18 2:14 2:56:51
3 9:15:28 21:26 106 Berasategui, Virginia Bilbao BIZ ESP 58:52 2:04 5:01:42 2:08 3:10:43
4 9:23:43 29:41 127 Macel, Tereza Toronto ON CAN 53:29 2:13 5:04:17 2:35 3:21:12
5 9:25:48 31:46 116 Keat, Rebekah Burleigh H QLD AUS 57:17 2:00 5:15:50 6:10 3:04:32
6 9:30:28 36:27 126 McGlone, Samantha Tucson AZ USA 58:47 2:03 5:16:17 1:57 3:11:27
7 9:32:27 38:25 146 Joyce, Rachel London MID GBR 53:31 2:21 5:10:03 2:51 3:23:43
8 9:34:45 40:43 113 Lawn, Joanna Auckland AUK NZL 57:16 2:10 5:19:10 2:36 3:13:35
9 9:38:28 44:26 103 Wallenhorst, Sandra Hannover NIE GER 1:03:07 2:30 5:20:43 2:46 3:09:24
10 9:40:59 46:57 110 Griesbauer, Dede Boston MA USA 55:05 2:13 5:10:22 2:29 3:30:53

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Who knew?  She is a fast marathoner who decided to try triathlons.  In her first IM (Ironman Wisconsin), she won her age group and also was fourth in top age grouper finishes at that IM-branded event.  Because of the level of competition, getting 1st in the AG is nothing to sneeze at.

She was 5th in her AG off the bike.  Going into her strongest skill, she reeled them in steadily until she was 1st in her AG by the 14th mile.  I checked the top 10 in her AG and saw that she was the only one maintaining that pace, so it was  a safe bet that she would make it to Kona at the end of the race.  And by golly, she did!  The gap to 2nd place was 35 minutes!

She could be visiting Kona over and over the way she’s going.  Have fun in Kona, Sue!

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Finally happened after months of waiting.  So many came close, but lightning did strike twice at IM Lousville (Kentucky).

Nick did a 9:39 and Marty did a 9:56.   The pros usually are in the 8 hour range, so their times are incredibly good for age groupers.   Good luck in Kona, guys!

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He he.  Check this out.  Lord of the Loops run, in North Vancouver, BC.  Super cool!

Max, the RD, is seven years old.  Yep!

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UPDATE 4/30/2009 9:37AM Pacific: If you are on this list and don’t know who to turn to, consider Breakaway Training.  You can read my testimonial here.  Good Luck!

UPDATE 4/15/2009 1:06PM Pacific: Here is the definitive list!

Congratulations to everyone who won a slot. Someone from slowtwitch.com forums typed this in from the TV show today. You’d know that name is you if you got email confirmation, plus you also had to have entered the lottery. Just checking…

2009 Kona Lottery Winners (U.S. only)

  1. Charles Alvarez
  2. George Amundson
  3. Ron Anderson
  4. Beverly Atkins
  5. Ann Atkinson
  6. Ronald Bailey
  7. Robert Baker
  8. Kevin Balfe
  9. Teresa Balsley
  10. Kevin Barr
  11. Dale Bartfay
  12. Mark Bennington
  13. Michael Blair
  14. Sharon Boles
  15. James Bononno
  16. Eric Boswell
  17. Keith Bowersox
  18. Pamela Buderus
  19. RJ Burnes
  20. Ramon Cabrera
  21. Sam Cardona
  22. Ian Charles
  23. Cunil Chung
  24. Johnny Churillo
  25. Tim Connors
  26. Joseph cook
  27. Bryan Crosland
  28. Aaron Davidson
  29. Tom Davies
  30. Robert Dennen
  31. Mary Lou Dinardo
  32. David Dugan
  33. Dan Duval
  34. Rob Evans
  35. Chistopher Faklaris
  36. Lise Falskow
  37. Tressa Ferrel
  38. Mark Fischer-colbrie
  39. James Fix
  40. Suzanne Frantz
  41. Maggie Freeman
  42. Jonathon Friedland
  43. Terry Fuller
  44. Patricia Gabreski
  45. Donald Greer
  46. Bruce Geffen
  47. John George
  48. Robert Gibbons
  49. Larry Gibson
  50. Lindsey Hankus
  51. Kathleen Hannan
  52. Kurt Hansen
  53. Scott Harrison
  54. Justin Hart
  55. Mark Hassell
  56. Regan Heinrich
  57. Jay Heller
  58. Brendan Hemp
  59. Matt Henn
  60. Trent Hicks
  61. Robert Hillery
  62. Hunter Hobson
  63. Brian Holmes
  64. Bill Hoon
  65. Michael Howard
  66. Tom Hulick
  67. Richard Hyre
  68. T Dale Jackson
  69. John Jenkins
  70. George Jennings
  71. Emily Johnson
  72. Traci Johnson
  73. Andi Jones
  74. Michael Kane
  75. Regina Kavadias
  76. Brent Kay
  77. Tammy Kelly
  78. Cyril Khairallah
  79. Jeffrey Kramer
  80. Richard Krumreich
  81. Leann Kuebelbeck
  82. Greg Land
  83. Jonathan Larson
  84. Mark Lehberg
  85. Jonathon Loiselle
  86. Ken Lucchesi
  87. Greg Macklem
  88. Kristi Mahadocon
  89. Mark Mason
  90. Patrick Mauldin
  91. Daniel Mcdonald
  92. Michael Mcdonald
  93. Daniel Mcgovern
  94. Melanie Melocowsky
  95. Steve Moats
  96. Van Moffatt
  97. Julian Morais
  98. Mark O’Brien
  99. Larry O’Brien
  100. Matt Ochisner
  101. David Olichney
  102. Dave Olson
  103. Daniel Osterbaan
  104. Matthew Partain
  105. Greg Pelton
  106. Jose Pena
  107. Johnna Plaga
  108. Kevin Porter
  109. Karl Post
  110. Barrett Powers
  111. David Pruetz
  112. Eduardo Raudez
  113. Michael Reese
  114. Wayne Richey
  115. James Robesky
  116. Sharon Rodier
  117. Freddie Rodriguez
  118. Don Rogers
  119. David Ross
  120. Frederick Rothfuss
  121. Renee Rudd
  122. Greg Safko
  123. Dimas Salvia
  124. H. Scott Sarran
  125. Todd Sazenski
  126. Nick Scarcella
  127. Tim Scearce
  128. Kim Schaefer
  129. Chris Schilling
  130. Travis Schroll
  131. Robin Shedd
  132. Thomas Sibson
  133. Juliana Sproles
  134. Scott Stern
  135. Dennis Sullivan
  136. Clayton Tebbetts
  137. Joseph Turcotte
  138. Bill Ulmer
  139. Julia Van Cleave
  140. William Van Nostrand
  141. Jack Voth
  142. Kathy Watern
  143. Gretchen Weber
  144. Jason Weisberg
  145. Geoff Wieczynski
  146. Anne Wilden
  147. Matt Woleben
  148. Robert Wood
  149. William Zaccheo
  150. John Zerbe

“What’s past is prologue.”–William Shakespeare

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Bataan Death March Tribute 102K Ultramarathon

Bataan Death March Tribute 102K Ultramarathon

Yes, on the real Bataan Death March route. It will be 102K of heat and humidity from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga in the Philippine island of Luzon. The ultra will be run on both municipal roads and highways. Here is the link to the website and another for the race director’s site. The race director (Mr. Jovenal Narcise) has done plenty of write-ups on his site, including support and general information about the race.

I’ve run the Bataan Death March marathon in White Sands, NM. It remembers the same event in WWII. With both Filipino and American veterans, it is a somber rememberance of the human being’s ability to inflict cruelty on other human beings while we take sides in a conflict. Soldiers (American, allied, and all entrants from around the world) are encouraged to march the 26.2 distance with 35 lbs in a rucksack. It’s not 102K, but I certainly “avoided” that division and ran the easier civilian light division.

I’m thinking that I’ll sign up for the Bataan 102K Ultra in its second running. My schedule this year just would not allow a second trip to the PI so soon. But that historical event is imprinted in my mind as a cultural heritage that’s unique to my race and individuality. It will be a shame to not do it, much like saying a Greek runner not taking part in the Athens Marathon.

Race Route

Race Route

For the ultrarunners who venture out of their countries looking for a great event to run, I encourage you to check out this ultra of high historical significance. It will be a unique notch in your ultra career!

As I finish this post, the clock on the Ultra website said 23:31:07. The ultra is set to start at 1AM on Sunday April 5, 2009. 82 runners will start the race past-midnight to try to avoid the heat of the tropical mid-day sun. Good luck to the runners at the inaugural Bataan Death March Ultra!

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Sad story. She was very young. Here it is.

There is nothing special about mile 21. Just a great neighborhood of well-kept houses and tree-lined avenues. It’s really flat. The heat won’t start until you get to the tall buildings around mile 23.

Rest in peace, fellow runner!

Erin Lahr, Austin, TX

Erin Lahr, Austin, TX

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