The day started out cool, but the water was relatively warm. The professional triathletes entered the water at 6:50, with the age-group competitors starting shortly thereafter. Over 2,500 total athletes raced Saturday with the fasted time being 8:15:29, by James Cunnama. The women’s title was taken by Jessica Jacobs, who did an amazing 9:07:49, with an over 6 minute lead over second place, Erica Csomor.
It’s funny how the weather is, with the weekend before Ironman being a warm one, and next one set to be warm. But, this weekend, on Friday night, the low was in the upper 30’s. At race time, the outside temperature was around 45 degrees with many of the athletes commenting on how the water was warmer, as they clamored to re-enter after the first loop. As triathletes finished the swim portion, they ripped their wet-suits off, showered quickly and rushed to the transition area. Once they ran through the staging route, changed into their cycling garb, they embarked on their 112 mile bike ride through the Florida Panhandle.
The fasted swim times were in the 50 minute range, the fastest bike times were around 4.5 hours and the fastest run was just under 2.75 hours.
Here is the total breakdown of the results:
- James Cunnama (#32) at 8:15:29
- Pedro Gomez (#48) at 8:19:26
- Dirk Bockel (#46) at 8:21:23
- Markus Fachbach (#44) at 8:25:25
- Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#42) at 8:26:49
- Bastie Christophe (#26) at 8:27:01
- Petr Vabrousek (#22) at 8:29:59
- Esben Hovgaard (#8) at 8:31:29
- Chris McDonald (#1) at 8:32:37
- Swen Sundberg (#41) at 8:33:44
- * Jessica Jacobs (#62) at 9:07:49
- * Erica Csomor (#64) at 9:14:40
- * Kim Loeffler (#63) at 9:21:26
- * Karina Ottosen (#58) at 9:24:34
- * Tamara Kozulina (#52) at 9:28:43
- * Jeanne Collonge (#60) at 9:35:19
- * Anne Basso (#59) at 9:37:37
- * Danielle Sullivan (#57) at 9:46:42
- * Susan Langley (#2466) at 9:55:19
- * Linnea Humphrey (#2580) at 9:58:09