A Successful Ford Ironman Florida

Nearly 2,500 athletes, from age 18 to 32, began the thirteenth edition of Ford Ironman Florida. Top professionals Ronnie Schildknecht (CHE) finished the triathlon in 7:59:42 and Jessica Jacobs (USA) finished in 8:55:10, each setting course records in Panama City Beach.

Professional Men’s Results

After the morning swim, John Flanagan (USA), was the first to exit the water, followed by James Bonney (USA). Flanagan was in the lead until the 35-mile marker, where competitors, including Schildknecht, made a charge and overtook the American’s lead.  Schildknecht, who is known for his running abilities, expanded his lead on the last leg of the course with an amazing 2:43:48 run split, and became the first male to finish in under eight hours in a North American Ironman event.



Top five professional men’s results are below:

1. Ronnie Schildknecht              CHE                 7:59:42

2. Maxim Kriat                           UKR                 8:10:43

3. Justin Daerr                           USA                 8:18:02

4. Mads Vittrup                         DEN                 8:21:31

5. Frank Vytrisal                        DEU                 8:21:48

Professional Women’s Results

Bree Wee (USA) was the first professional female to run onto the beach after the 2.4-mile swim, followed by Sofie Goos (BEL) and Heidi Jesberger (DEU). A windy bike course tested many of the female professionals. The defending champion made a charge for the lead around mile four of the run. Jacobs sealed her victory with a 2:53:27 run split, setting a new course record and sealing her back-to-back championships.

Top five professional women’s results are below: 

1. Jessica Jacobs                     USA                 8:55:10

2. Mackenzie Madison               USA                 9:10:21

3. Sofie Goos                           BEL                  9:22:21

4. Kim Loeffler                          USA                 9:29:07

5. Stephanie Jones                    USA                 9:33:45


Congratulations to Jessica Jacobs, Ronnie Schildknecht, and all of the other Ironman participants who competed in this weekend’s Ford Ironman Florida!


Ford Ironman Florida Takes the Beach

The 13th Annual Ford Ironman Florida will be held this weekend in Panama City Beach.  Over 2,500 athletes from around the world area ready to compete in this year’s event, many hoping to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
About Ironman Triathlons

There are over 30 sanctioned events throughout the world, as well as Ironman 70.3’s or Half-Ironman events.  Ironmans are one of the long-distance series organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).  The first Ironman was held in February 1978, fifteen men began the race and twelve completed it.  With no marketing, in 1979 when the race was held again, fifty participants gathered to compete.  (Only fifteen competed due to harsh weather conditions.)  It is often said that “there is no such thing as an easy Ironman” and also that “just finishing is a victory.”

About the Ford Ironman Florida

The Ford Ironman Florida includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run.  The 2.4-mile swim will consist of  two laps in a rectangular shape out into the Gulf Coast after a mass-start.  The bike lap will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort on Front Beach Road and heading toward Highway 79, to Highway 20 and 77, and ending back at the Boardwalk Beach Resort.  Finally, the run, which is one of the flattest on the Ironman circuit, will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort and wind its way to St. Andrews Park.  After St. Andrews Park, runners will make their way back to the Boardwalk Beach Resort to repeat the course again.  There will be water, nutritional bars, nutritional gels, and fruit available to athletes throughout the bike and run sections of the event.

There are 65 spots available for athletes who qualify from this event in the Ironman World Championship on October 13, 2012 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Last year’s first place time was 8 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds.  There will be a total professional prize purse of $25,000 this year.

Event Day Schedule

6:50 a.m.- Pro Start

7 a.m.- Age Group Start

12 a.m.- Race Officially Ends

Good Luck to those entered in the triathlon!

Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay

This weekend is going to be one of the best weekends in Panama City Beach. Clint Black will be playing a free concert at Taste of the Bay. Wine and food lovers will be coming to Pier Park to partake in Taste of the Bay. Triathletes from all over will be participating in the Ironman Triathlon this weekend. And for the local philanthropist there is a comedy show supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Kaleidoscope Theatre. Continue reading “Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay”

Athletes Cometh: 27th Annual Gulf Coast Triathlon

triathlonIt’s that time of year again when trained athletes hit Panama City Beach for the 27th annual Gulf Coast Triathlon, a grueling event that pushes its participants to the limits of endurance. On May 9th, 2009 thousands of competitors from 40 states and 17 countries will come to Panama City Beach to confront the course of flat roads and rugged but warm water. On the Panama City Beach course competitors have a chance to set their best personal times. Last year, Mike Neill from British Columbia, Canada, won his third straight Gulf Coast Triathlon in 4:06:38. But just because Panama City Beach is ideal for time doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult to the point of insanity.

The event breaks down like this; in waves, competitors have to endure a looping open-water 1.2 mile swim. The swim is followed by an astonishing 56 mile bike course that travels through residential and commercial areas of Panama City and Panama City Beach. The icing on this indigestible cake is a 13.1 mile half marathon.

If you’re not a competitor, the event is definitely worth seeing. It’s an extreme event and competitors really stretch themselves to the limit.

Boardwalk Beach Resort will host this year’s Triathlon, and in November will also host the Ironman Triathlon, one of the full distance qualifiers for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.

The Gulf Coast Triathlon benefits charities like Panama City Marine Institute, Panama City Beach Cops and Kids and others.

Below is the event schedule

Date & Time
Saturday, May 09, 2009 @ 6:15 AM

Boardwalk Beach Resort
9450 S. Thomas Drive

Event Schedule

Day 1
-Thursday, May 7th

12:00pm – 6:00pm
-Sports Exposition
-Registration / Packet Pick-up at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Conference Center

Day 2
Friday, May 8th 9:00am – 9:00pm
-Sports Exposition

12:00pm – 9:00pm
-Registration / Packet Pick-up at the Boardwalk Beach Resort Conference Center

3:30 – 9:30pm Bike Check-In

5:30 Pre-Race Dinner & Athlete Meeting
-Dinner will be beachside at The Boardwalk Beach Resort.
-Your choice of Pasta
– Guest Ticket: $10

Day 3
-Saturday, May 9th6:15am Race Start
-Post Race Party

6:00pm Party and dinner Spinnaker
Guest Ticket: $20.00
-Awards Ceremony