Trevor Delsaut was our age-group winner - he finished 22nd overall with an 8:40:43 to win the 18-24 age group.
Yvonne Van Vlerken just came across the line in sixth.
Winning the 30-34 age group was a very happy Ciro Violin from Brazil, who went 8:54 here today.
Doing the Blazeman roll - Leanda Cave just crossed the line and honored Jon Blais, who finished the race here a few years ago despite that fact that he had ALS, or Lou Gehrigs disease.
Caitlin Snow's amazing marathon run time today was a 2:56.
The top 10 women's splits:
1 8:58:36 102 Carfrae, Mirinda Brisbane QLD AUS 55:53 1:56 5:04:59 2:18 2:53:32
2 9:06:00 7:25 150 Steffen, Caroline Mooloolaba QLD AUS 55:57 2:01 4:59:23 2:53 3:05:47
3 9:10:04 11:29 130 Dibens, Julie Boulder CO USA 53:50 1:56 4:55:28 2:39 3:16:12
4 9:16:47 18:11 103 Berasategui, Virginia Bilbao ESP 57:46 2:22 5:05:36 2:34 3:08:31
5 9:18:48 20:13 107 Joyce, Rachel London GBR 52:25 1:53 5:10:33 2:49 3:11:09
6 9:22:48 24:13 125 Thuerig, Karin Retschwil SWI 1:13:12 3:10 4:48:22 3:39 3:14:27
7 9:23:33 24:57 123 Van Vlerken, Yvonne Schwarzach AUT 1:01:58 2:00 4:59:42 2:16 3:17:39
8 9:26:42 28:06 115 Snow, Caitlin Brockton MA USA 57:50 2:27 5:27:40 2:41 2:56:04
9 9:27:02 28:27 134 Bij De Vaate, Heleen Stein NLD 1:13:07 2:16 5:02:30 2:22 3:06:49
10 9:27:42 29:07 137 Cave, Leanda Tucson AZ USA 55:43 1:49 5:07:30 2:36 3:20:06
Some fast women's splits! That's a sure tribute to the changes Chrissie Wellington is bringing to the sport. There were four women who rode under five hours - Caroline Steffen, Julie Dibens, Karin Thuerig and Yvonne Van Vlerken. There were two women who ran under three hours, too - Mirinda Carfrae and Caitlin Snow!
Our 25-29 winner was 1 Schmid, Stefan 5/3/1 24/M18-24 00:58:35 04:53:13 02:55:53 08:55:26
Our 35 - 39 men's champion was Damien Angus from Brighton, Australia - he finished in 9:04:14.
The first three age group women's competitors all happen to be competing in the 35-39 age group. Leading is Belinda Harper, followed by Suzanne Davis and Rhae Shaw. Off the bike they were all within about five minutes of each other.
Sebastian Cila is one of our challenged athletes - he's out on the marathon now.
Another challenged athlete, Oscar Sanchez, has also made the bike cut off and is on the run course as well.
Curt Chesney takes the men's 40-44 age group: Men 40 - 44 Leaders
Place Numb Lname Fname Age City Pro Cnt Rep Swim Tr1 Bike Tr2 Run Time
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1 1002 Chesney, Curt 41 Boulder CO USA 59:17 2:23 4:52:05 2:32 3:11:35 9:07:50
We think Jeddie Schabort just flew through the finish line, winning the handcylce division here today.
We just learned that today's Ironman World Champions, Chris McCormack and Mirinda Carfrae, will be the featured athletes on the Wheaties boxes at some point this year, a first.
Some former champions are racing here today as age group competitors, including the first ever winner of the Ford Ironman World Championship Gordon Haller. The 60 year old is out on the run course right now. 1988 champion, Scott Molina, is racing in the 50-54 age group.
Another close women's age group: Women's 65-69! We all thought that Cherie Gruenfeld was virtually unbeatable in that age group, but Natalie Grabow managed to bike 24 minutes faster than Gruenfeld. The two were separated by 12 minutes or so starting the run.
I billed the women's 50-54 as a possible barnburner, and the top four in that age group are all within minutes of each other - including Ellen Hart, Teresa Rider, Kathy Alfino and Nancy Smith.
Our first age group woman just crossed the line. Her goal was to break Sian Welch's course record in the 35-39 age category - she just did that by about 12 minutes with what we believe is a 9:50 finish.
Greg Penner will be the world's fastest Ironman executive, he's a 41-year-old investment banker from Atherton, California.
We finally managed to identify that first age group woman - Belinda Harper! She actually broke Sian Welch's record by 18 minutes. Second to her in the incredibly competitive category was Suzanne Davis and third was Claudia Johnston, who is a mother of five from Canada! All three finished in under 10 hours.
Michael Blue just finished and took the title in the men's 50-54 category. His time was 9:48.
How about Joe Bonness? The 55-year-old just went 9:53 to win his age group!
Ken Glah just finished his 27th straight Ford Ironman World Championship - he finished in 11th place in 45-49.
How close was the women's 30-34? Is 11 seconds close? That's what separated Nina Pekerman and Silvia Felt.
Equally close was the womens's 45-49 where Cordula Gruber beat Lisbeth Kenyon by 11 seconds.
How competitive was our women's race today? All but one of the women's finishers in the top 20 (Kelly Williamson - a two-time Ironman 70.3 champ) has won an Ironman at some point in her career.