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Ford Ironman Arizona

  • Marc Rubin Wakes Up

    Emma Bishop profiles a competitor at this Sunday's Ford Ironman Arizona

    Major lifestyle changes typically come via a painful trigger. Rarely do you realize how far you have slipped until you have one of those 'moments' where your current lifestyle comes and slaps you rudely across the face.You can choose to ignore those moments and continue along the path of self-destruction, or you can take action. 43-year old attorney, husband and father of three, Marc Rubin woke up and took action.

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  • Former MLB StarBrynes Amongst Ironman Foundation Competitors

    Among the many athletes competing at Ford Ironman Arizona this weekend will be former Major League Baseball star Eric Brynes, who will be toeing the line this weekend to help race money for the Pat Tillman foundation. The Ironman Foundation (IMF) has provided over $900,000 in funding to non-profit organizations acround the world in 2011. On Wednesday we profiled former Ironman Arizona champion Jordan Rapp, who is also raising money through the Ironman Foundation this weekend. Here are more details about Brynes and some of the other athletes fundraising through the IMF on Sunday:

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  • Race Facts

    We had 2953 registered for tomorrows race, with gender breakdown of 808 women and 2144 men. There will be 1042 competitors starting their very first Ironman race.

    Division Breakdown

    • DIV = F18-24 8 0.3%
    • DIV = F25-29 60 2.0%
    • DIV = F30-34 132 4.5%
    • DIV = F35-39 167 5.7%
    • DIV = F40-44 168 5.7%
    • DIV = F45-49 119 4.0%
    • DIV = F50-54 96 3.3%
    • DIV = F55-59 26 0.9%
    • DIV = F60-64 7 0.2%
    • DIV = F65-69 2 0.1%
    • DIV = FPRO 23 0.8%
    • DIV = M18-24 29 1.0%
    • DIV = M25-29 159 5.4%
    • DIV = M30-34 262 8.9%
    • DIV = M35-39 386 13.1%
    • DIV = M40-44 532 18.0%
    • DIV = M45-49 367 12.4%
    • DIV = M50-54 200 6.8%
    • DIV = M55-59 85 2.9%
    • DIV = M60-64 46 1.6%
    • DIV = M65-69 19 0.6%
    • DIV = M70-74 5 0.2%
    • DIV = MPRO 53 1.8%

    Country Breakdown

    • COUNTRY = ABW 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = AUS 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = AUT 6 0.2%
    • COUNTRY = BGR 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = BMU 2 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = BRA 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = CAN 99 3.4%
    • COUNTRY = CHE 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = CHN 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = COL 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = DEU 16 0.5%
    • COUNTRY = DNK 3 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = ESP 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = FRA 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = GBR 20 0.7%
    • COUNTRY = GTM 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = HND 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = IRL 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = ISR 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = ITA 3 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = LUX 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = MEX 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = NLD 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = NOR 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = NZL 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = PAN 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = PHL 2 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = PRI 4 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = SVK 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = SWE 1 0.0%
    • COUNTRY = UKR 2 0.1%
    • COUNTRY = USA 2700 91.4%
  • American Tim O’Donnell will be racing this weekend in attempt put the disappointment of a DNF at the Ironman world championships behind him with a strong finish tomorrow in Arizona.

  • Jordan Rapp comes into Ironman Arizona fresh, healthy and shooting to capture his second Ironman title of the year. The American won Ironman Canada this summer and recently claimed the title win at the ITU Long Distance World Championships.

  • Spain’s Eneko Llanos, the winner of the inaugural Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas earlier this year, will be hoping to duplicate the feat here in Tempe.

  • Austria’s Michael Weiss’s Xterra world championships win tempered his sting from his DNF at the Ironman world championships.

  • Cave has been on a tear of late with her third place finish in Kona, win at Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami and second place finish at the long distance world championships.

  • Williamson had a pair of Ironman 70.3 wins and recorded an outstanding 9:07 finish time on her way to her second place finish at Ironman Texas.

  • USA's Linsey Corbin suffered a hamstring injury that prevented her from racing for a good portion of the season. The Montana native is hoping end her season with a solid performance tomorrow here in Arizona.

  • One of the women’s race favorites, Doctor Amanda Stevens at the swim practice Saturday morning. Photo: Randy Stadler

  • Meredith Kessler’s podium finishes at Ironman Canada and Wisconsin and at the ITU Long Distance World Championships, salvaged the American’s season that was earlier marred with DNF’s at St George and Coeur d’Alene.

  • Jordan Rapp: Much More Than a Race Winner

    Professional triathlete, Jordan Rapp, sets his bar pretty high. His standard? Not just winning Ironman events, but winning with a philanthropic spirit. Jordan, whose Ironman victories include 2009 Ironman Arizona and 2009 and 2011 Ironman Canada, leaves more than a victorious imprint on the courses he races; he leaves a victorious imprint in communities in rural Zambia through his annual Rappstar Charity Challenge for World Bicycle Relief (WBR), an organization whose mission is to provide access to independence and livelihood through the power of bicycles.

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  • Ford Ironman Arizona Preview

    This weekend's Ford Ironman Arizona celebrates the seventh year, and eighth running, of one of the Ironman circuit's most distinctive urban races. The ongoing success and popularity of this event is a result of the tremendous support provided annually to race participants by the citizens and city of Tempe, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the army of local volunteers.

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  • IronmanLIVE Ford Ironman Arizona Ramp Up Show

  • Welcome to the eighth edition of the 2011 Ford Ironman Arizona. Deep men and women’s professional fields have assembled in Tempe to do battle tomorrow, in the third last Ironman of the year. Weather forecasts for race day are calling for temperatures in the low to mid 70’s, under partial cloudy skies and light winds, making it ideal conditions for fast racing.

    Our professional fields will start the single loop swim at 6:50 am, Mountain Time. Our age group athletes will start their Ironman journey at 7:00 am.

    Return to Ironman.com tomorrow (Sunday) for our IronmanLive coverage, which will commence at 6:30 am and will feature live video reports and action from the course, text updates, photos and our athlete tracker throughout race day.
  • Good morning, from the American southwest as Tempe hosts the eighth running of the Ford Ironman Arizona. This morning, over 2,700 athletes will start their Ironman journey under scattered clouds and temperatures in the mi 50’s. We are currently 20-minutes away from our scheduled 6:50 am (Mountain Time) start of our professional men and women’s race. The age group race will start at 7:00 am.
  • The water temperature was measured to be 62F this morning and we are 10 minutes from the start of the pro race.
  • The professional field has all entered the water and are making their way towards the start line in calm waters. Paul Huddle and Paula Newby Fraser will be leading the fields on the stand-up boards.
  • The 2011 Ford Ironman Arizona professional race has started here in Tempe.
  • We believe that USA's John Dahlz is our current leader of the men’s field, and holds a 15-20 second lead on a group of 5.
  • Our age group race has started here in Tempe at the Ford Ironman Arizona.
  • Looks like we have Amanda Stevens leading the women’s race with Leanda Cave, Meredith Kessler and Kelly Williamson following close.
  • Swim course

    The race kicks off with a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake. The deep-water start is just east of the Mill Ave. bridges and begins by heading east. The rectangular course will go just past Rural Road bridge and first turn north and then west all the way back under the Mill Ave. bridges, where another turn south will put athletes on course to head straight back to shore and transition at Tempe Beach Park. Water temperatures were registered 62 F yesterday morning.
  • Swim Course

  • Looks like a string 4 men have bridged the gap to swim leader Dahlz as they reach the first turn buoy in Tempe Lake.
  • There is currently a group of 5 men working together and are putting distance on the remainder of the field and contains Dahlz and Ben Sanson.
  • No surprise that Ben Sanson up there with the lead pack. In 2008, Sanson led Ironman Brazil out of the water and carried a lead for 40 miles into the bike, and eventually finished third. That same year he led the pro field out of the water in Hawaii.
  • The lead pack of 5 swimmers hold a 1:15 lead over a chase pack 12 as they make their way to the swim finish.
  • The lead pack of 5 are within 50 yards of the finish.
  • 1 46:56 63 John Dahlz San Francisco CA USA
    2 46:59 0:03 50 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
    3 47:01 0:05 46 Benjamin Sanson Boraeaux FRA
    4 47:03 0:07 57 Joe Umphenou Colorado Spring CO USA
    5 47:06 0:10 67 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
    6 48:42 1:46 21 Martin Jensen Aalborg DNK
    7 48:43 1:47 51 Tim O'Donnel Boulder CO USA
    8 48:44 1:48 59 Tim Marr
    9 48:44 1:48 4 Fraser Cartmell Stirling GBR
    10 48:46 1:50 16 Dominik Berger Innsbruck AUT
  • 1 48:43 73 Amanda Stevens
    2 51:45 3:03 79 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
    3 51:46 3:04 72 Meredith Kessler San Francisco CA USA
    4 52:08 3:25 71 Leanda Cave Tucson AZ GBR
  • We watched Cave go down hard off her bike just as she was making her way out of transition.
  • Top ten Women - swim finish

    1 48:43 73 Amanda Stevens
    2 51:45 3:03 79 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
    3 51:46 3:04 72 Meredith Kessler San Francisco CA USA
    4 52:08 3:25 71 Leanda Cave Tucson AZ GBR
    5 53:52 5:09 101 Michelle Vesterby Odense DEN
    6 53:55 5:12 97 Mirjam Weerd Amersfoort NED
    7 54:00 5:18 100 Jessica Smith Standord CA USA
    8 54:09 5:26 99 Sara Gross Victoria BC CAN
    9 55:02 6:20 78 Erika Csomor Palmormotta HUN
    10 55:03 6:20 84 Rebekka Essmulle Hannover DEU
  • We have reports that Kessler has surged into second in the women`s race in the opening miles of the bike.
  • More men swim times

    1 Dahlz, John 0:46:56
    2 Poulat, Stephane 0:46:59
    3 Sanson, Benjamin 0:47:01
    4 Umphenour, Joe 0:47:03
    5 Jurkiewicz, Jeremy 0:47:06
    6 Jensen, Martin 0:48:42
    7 O'Donnell, Tim 0:48:43
    8 Marr, Tim 0:48:44
    9 Cartmell, Fraser 0:48:44
    10 Berger, Dominik 0:48:46
    11 Llanos, Eneko 0:48:47
    12 Amey, Paul 0:48:47
    13 Simon, Oliver 0:49:17
    14 Abel, Torsten 0:49:59
    15 Raphael, Jan 0:50:04
    16 Neyedli, Scott 0:51:37
    17 Zyemtsev, Viktor 0:52:17
    18 Waninger, Nick 0:53:40
    19 Kienle, Sebastian 0:53:45
    20 Jaberg, Patrick 0:53:46
    21 Albano, Ivan 0:53:48
    22 Paoli, Stefano 0:53:54
    23 Kunz, Erich 0:53:58
    24 Weiss, Michael 0:54:04
    25 Elliot, Lewis 0:54:06
    26 Gomes, Pedro 0:54:41
    27 Piggin, Olly 0:54:51
    28 Kriegl, Flo 0:54:56
    29 Schmid, Stefan 0:54:58
    30 Wurtele, Trevor 0:54:59
    31 Sickl, Heinrich 0:55:04
    32 Rau, Ryan 0:55:09
    33 Toth, Anthony 0:55:11
    34 Bastie, Christophe 0:55:12
    35 Boudreaux, Chris 0:55:17
    36 Rapp, Jordan 0:55:17
    37 Vondracek, Jesse 0:56:59
    38 Schmidt, Christof 0:57:00
    39 Gerlach, Thomas 0:57:04
    40 Botelho, Raymond 0:57:25
    41 Harju, Dave 0:57:31
    42 Wichert, Chris 0:57:33
    43 Snilstveit, Gudmund 0:58:25
    44 Kelly, Ryan 0:58:34
    45 Ward Munoz, Nicholas Peter 0:58:36
    46 Nitschke, Christian 0:58:40
    47 Schifferle, Mike 0:58:55
    48 Milam, Jared 0:59:09
  • More women`s swim times

    1 Stevens, Amanda 0:48:43
    2 Williamson, Kelly 0:51:45
    3 Kessler, Meredith 0:51:46
    4 Cave, Leanda 0:52:08
    5 Vesterby, Michelle 0:53:52
    6 Weerd, Mirjam 0:53:55
    7 Smith, Jessica 0:54:00
    8 Gross, Sara 0:54:09
    9 Csomor, Erika 0:55:02
    10 Essmuller, Rebekka 0:55:03
    11 Phelan, Donna 0:55:05
    12 Ferreira, Amber 0:55:22
    13 Corbin, Linsey 0:57:00
    14 Calkins, Kathleen 0:57:00
    15 Dietrich, Susan 0:57:23
    16 Rohrbach, Regula 0:57:37
    17 Garcia, Whitney 0:58:23
    18 Gregory, Caroline 0:58:32
    19 Collonge, Jeanne 0:58:47
    20 Wernick, Charisa 0:58:51
    21 Danais, Marie 0:59:41
    22 Bromme, Uli 1:03:02
  • Bike course

    The relatively flat three-loop course heads out of Tempe and zig-zags out to the Beeline Highway, which gradually climbs approximately 10 miles through the Sonoran Desert to the turnaround just before Shea Boulevard. Athletes then return to Tempe Beach Park to start their second and third laps.
  • Bike Course Profile

  • Top 10 age group men - swim finish

    1 48:24 1178 Andy Gardner Kingwood TX USA
    2 48:36 0:12 1010 Wesley Johnson
    3 48:41 0:18 1021 Fredrik Seistrup Odense DNK
    4 52:29 4:06 1843 Alexander McCrohan Tucson AZ USA
    5 53:41 5:17 1220 Scott Bowe West Allis WI USA
    6 53:45 5:21 2634 Sacha Marcroft Thousand Oaks CA USA
    7 53:47 5:24 1043 Scott Halasz Austin TX USA
    8 54:08 5:44 1487 Jon Walker Olympia WA USA
    9 54:10 5:46 2754 Peter Dehling Weiden DEU
    10 54:10 5:47 1432 Seton Claggett Tucson AZ USA
  • Top 10 age group women - swim finish

    1 54:19 213 Christina Jackson Oceanside CA USA
    2 55:43 1:24 168 Katey Dorweile Denver CO USA
    3 56:40 2:21 403 Sandra Fantini Valbonne FRA
    4 57:03 2:45 258 Jennifer Wilson Chicago IL USA
    5 57:28 3:09 275 Sandra Lopez Castle Rock CO USA
    6 59:00 4:41 298 Alysia Lovgren Durham NC USA
    7 59:01 4:42 217 Bridget Mahle Woodstock GA USA
    8 59:46 5:27 309 Elizabeth Thiel Dupont WA USA
    9 59:51 5:32 233 Jennifer Eberle Los Angeles CA USA
    10 59:52 5:34 566 Shana Murray Minneapolis MI USA
  • Top 10 men - Mile 10

    (We missed a bib number for the second place rider)

    Benjamin Sanson (#46) is in the lead, followed by:
    * Kelly Liljeblad (#83) at 0:01
    * Joe Umphenour (#57) at 0:04
    * Jeremy Jurkiewicz (#67) at 0`05
    * Tim O\'Donnell (#51) at 1:45
    * Eneko Llanos (#23) at 1:46
    * Martin Jensen (#21) at 1:47
    * Fraser Cartmell (#4) at 1:47
    * Tim Marr (#59) at 1:49
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