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”

Ironman Florida Pictures and Timelapse Video

Ironman Florida in Panama City Beach Saturday was unbelievable with a course record being shattered by an astonishing 13 minutes.  The winner, Tom Evans, completed the swim portion averaging over 3 mph in just over 48 minutes.  Averaging 26 mph on the bike, Evans started his run after only 4 hours and 18 minutes of riding.  That only leaves just over 3 hours to run the 26 mile marathon equaling a blazing average of 8 mph, FOR 26.2 MILES!

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I had the great pleasure of poking around the entire race camp and got quite a few great shots, which are below.  But, before you peep the cool pix, be sure to watch the timelapse I put together of the entire day’s activities. Be sure to comment what you think!

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Ironman this weekend – bikers/runners everywhere

Swim 2.4 miles, Bike 112 miles, Run 26.2 miles.  If that doesn’t make you into “iron”, I don’t know what will.  I’ve never been a triathlete, but knowing a few, I have huge respect for the feat they overcome in order to compete in these remarkable competitions.

I couldn’t even imagine running 26.2 miles, but these athletes precede this with a long swim and a very long bike ride.  And many of them do it in less than 10 hours.

Ironman Florida has been in Panama City Beach since 1999.  With normally crystal clear skies, warm weather, and warm water, Panama City Beach has proven year after year that this is the prime place for a competition of this nature.

Every year thousands of triathletes, and hundreds of profesisonals flock to our area to participate in this event of all events.

The weather this weekend is expected to be perfect and the water warm.  Staging is taking place today with change bags carefully organized in strategic rows so that each competitor can move from stage to stage as seamlessly as possible.  The South Thomas Drive area is packed with it being extremely difficult to walk, much less drive.  Baracades have been put up making parking nearly impossible without a short walk, and the massage tent is up, running and full of sore and weary muscles being relaxed and soothed.

The race begins tomorrow with the 2.4 mile swim in the gulf behind Boardwalk at 7 am.  As early as 8 o’clock, athletes will be exiting the water to begin their 112 mile bicycle ride.  Many cyclists will return from their journey up highway 79, across highway 20, down highway 231, back across highway 388, and down highway 79 as early as noon to run over 26 miles.  Wow.

Anyway, I’ll be around tomorrow to take various pictures and talk to whoever will talk to me.  See ya at the race!