The top five men at 24 miles: Behind Hecht and Twelsiek are Tollakson (7:34), Hoffman (8:50) and Aigroz (9:50).
Mathias is on his way! He's now less than half a mile from the finish. Maik Twelsiek has also made the turn and is running down the hill towards the finish.
Mathias Hecht is about to win Ford Ironman St. George! He'll take his first Ironman title here on this tough course.
His time was 8:32 "and change" - a new course record by eight minutes. We'll have the exact split shortly.
Right to the wire! Maik Twelsiek just came across the line in second place.
The women through 17 miles: Heather Wurtele's lead is now up to 19:56 over Meredith Kessler.
TJ Tollakson crossed the line in third, followed by Ben Hoffman.
Heather Wurtele continues to lead the way in the women's race ... and by a lot. Her lead is now up to 24:47 over Meredith Kessler.
The winning times today:
Mathias Hecht won in 8:32:03, followed by:
Maik Twelsiek, 8:33:46.
TJ Tollakson, 8:40:20
Ben Hoffman, 8:41:39
Mike Aigroz, 8:42:06.
Petr Vabrousek just finished his 99th official Ironman - yet another top-10 finish to add to his impressive resume.
In third place in our women's race is Uli Bromme - she is 39:12 behind Wurtele.
Heather Wurtele is on her way to the finish line. We should see her take her second Ford Ironman St. George title in the next few minutes.
Jodie Swallow is sitting behind me right now - frustrated because of her injured foot. Hopefully she'll get that injury figured out soon - we're pulling for her, anyway.
Heather Wurtele has done it again! On a course considered the toughest in the world, she has once again taken the title.
We've just had a report that Meredith Kessler is struggling on the run course and might have to call it a day. We believe she is on to medical, which now puts Jackie Arendt in second place. This has sure been a topsy-turvy day!
Heather Wurtele's winning time today was 9:30:33 - another course record.
Our top age group finisher today was Fabrice Houzell from France, who won the men's 35-39 age group in 9:26:09. He was 12th overall.
Chris Hauth will end up winning our TYR swim award today - he was first out of the water and then won the 40-44 age group in a time of 9:31:56.
Jackie Arendt from Madison Wisconsin ended up second in our pro women's race in a time of 10:06:36. It was her first Ironman event as a pro.
Our third place woman today was Uli Bromme from Boulder, Colorado, who finished in 10:10:48.
Our top age group women's finisher today was Jessica Smith from Stanford, California. She finished in 10:20:45 and was fourth overall.
As we near the end of the evening here in St. George it's getting close to our final cut off time of midnight. Once again it's been quite a day here in St. George, Utah, which might offer one of the hardest Ironman courses you've ever seen, but offers an incredibly supportive community that will do everything they can to help you complete this tough day. Add to that the simply spectacular scenery every where you look, and you have an Ironman race that is truly unique. Thanks for joining us for our coverage here today.