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    Caption this ... even Heather Jackson is laughing! Photo: Nils Nilsen

    Men's splits through the half marathon split:
    1 6:33:05 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    2 6:33:22 0:18 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    3 6:34:03 0:59 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    4 6:34:43 1:38 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    5 6:43:52 10:48 24 Markus Fachbach DEU
    6 6:44:07 11:03 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    7 6:47:19 14:15 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    8 6:47:42 14:38 22 Marc Duelsen DEU
    9 6:49:34 16:29 43 Jonathan Shearon USA
    10 6:49:59 16:55 8 David Kahn USA
    The women's course record here in Arizona is Chrissie Wellington's 8:36:13 from 2010, the year she had to pull out of Kona due to illness. That won't be touched today ... (and might not be touched for a long time!) Through 21 miles Meredith Kessler appears to be on track to get what has been an elusive win for her - she's competed in all 11 Ironman Arizona races.




    #IMArizona- Plenty of excitement among the amateurs out here still on the run.

    #IMArizona- And some serious heroics, too.

    Through 18 miles we've got yet another new leader in the men's age group race - Steve Johnson was 4:24 behind starting the run and has now taken the age group lead:
    1 7:59:46 842 Steve Johnson USA
    2 8:00:53 1:07 654 Trevor Galvin USA
    3 8:01:05 1:19 770 Scott Iott USA
    #IMArizona Meredith Kessler, racing at Ironman Arizona for the 11th time, is three miles away from her first title here in Tempe.
    Through the halfway point of the run Amanda Wendorff and Cathy Yndestad are still battling for the age group crown. Just 1:51 separate the two Americans.
    1 8:07:07 647 Amanda Wendorff USA
    2 8:08:57 1:51 1308 Cathy Yndestad USA
    Through 21 miles Lisa Huetthaler made up some time on Meredith Kessler - unfortunately it was just 6 seconds over the last three miles. Our crack timing crew is predicting a Kessler win ...
    1 8:11:38 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 8:20:37 8:59 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    3 8:29:28 17:50 69 Heather Jackson USA
    Christophe Bastie was lucky number 13 across the line today. Here are the first 13 pro men:
    1 7:55:48 7 Brent McMahon CAN
    2 8:00:42 4:54 14 Clemente Alonso Mckernan ESP
    3 8:03:14 7:26 1 Jordan Rapp USA
    4 8:07:59 12:11 4 Maik Twelsiek DEU
    5 8:11:00 15:12 3 Tim O'Donnell USA
    6 8:18:16 22:28 2 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR
    7 8:18:39 22:51 22 Marc Duelsen DEU
    8 8:20:28 24:40 43 Jonathan Shearon USA
    9 8:22:06 26:18 8 David Kahn USA
    10 8:29:52 34:04 6 Paul Matthews AUS
    11 8:33:43 37:56 51 Nicholas Ward Munoz GBR
    12 8:37:52 42:05 46 Edo Van Der Meer NLD
    13 8:38:25 42:37 13 Christophe Bastie FRA
    #IMArizona Through 23 miles Meredith Kessler's lead over Lisa Huetthaler is up to 9:06. She's on her way to a win in her 11th IM Arizona!
    Through 24.4 miles Lisa Huetthaler was keeping the gap at around 9 minutes.
    1 8:36:53 65 Meredith Kessler USA
    2 8:45:49 8:56 67 Lisa Huetthaler AUT
    #IMArizona Meredith Kessler is your Ironman Arizona presented by Waste Management champion. 8:50:41. Marathon split today: 3:07:57.


    Meredith Kessler makes 11th time the charm at Ironman Arizona. Photo: Nils Nilsen

    #IMArizona Lisa Huetthaler also goes under 9 hours - 8:58:46 for second here in Tempe.

    #IMArizona- Lisa H.

    #IMArizona- 5 o'clock and people are still getting off the bike.

    #IMArizona- Truer words was never spoke.


    #IMArizona- You heard it here first: The vuvuzela is alive and well at Ironman.

    #IMArizona- One word: Epic!

    #IMArizona- Hard to beat an Arizona sunset


    #IMArizona Bob Scott, the amazing 84-year-old, is out on the run course. Go Bob, go!

    #IMArizona- Keeping track of all 11 Tri la Vie ladies


    #IMArizona- Rockin' the wok at the Expo

    #IMArizona- Keeping the home fires burning

    #IMArizona- The temps are dropping.

    In the end Amanda Wendorff ended up topping the women's age group race.
    1 9:59:34 647 Amanda Wendorff USA
    2 10:04:45 5:12 816 Colleen De Reuck USA
    3 10:05:32 5:58 746 Robyn Hardage CAN
    4 10:05:52 6:19 1308 Cathy Yndestad USA
    5 10:09:51 10:18 169 Kristine Juno USA
    6 10:15:25 15:52 3209 Tanya Salomon CAN
    7 10:17:34 18:01 1183 Kristi Stocking USA
    8 10:18:21 18:48 221 Emily Lanter USA
    9 10:18:31 18:57 3206 Kristen Wilson USA
    10 10:20:32 20:59 754 Leslie Knibb USA
    Brent McMahon wins on debut while the 11th time is the charm for Meredith Kessler at IRONMAN Arizona presented by Waste Management.

    by Kevin Mackinnon, photos: Nils Nilsen

    Meredith Kessler (USA) has competed at every single IRONMAN Arizona race. Five of those were as an age grouper, the last six times she’s raced as a pro. Over the years she’s finished second here twice, third another time. Last year she went 8:55 … and it still wasn’t enough to get her the win. Today the American knocked another five minutes off her time, finishing in an impressive 8:50, which was more than enough to get her across the line in first, capping what has been, other than one not-so-great day in Kona, a fantastic season that included two full-distance wins (Arizona and New Zealand) along with wins at IRONMAN 70.3 races at Vineman, Mont-Tremblant and St. George.

    Brent McMahon (CAN), a two-time Olympian, was supposed to make his IRONMAN race debut in Lake Tahoe in September. When that race was cancelled he regrouped and added the race here in Tempe on his schedule. That was bad news for the rest of the men in this field – Jordan Rapp came to Arizona predicting a sub-8 hour time would be required to win and he was right. A new bike course record and an 8:03 clocking in the tough, windy conditions wasn’t enough to get the American another title here in Arizona. In the end Rapp would get beaten to the line by Spaniard Clemente Alonso Mckernan, too, having to settle for third despite improving his time by almost three minutes over last year on a much tougher day.

    Read the story:

    McMahon and Kessler Tops in Tempe

    IRONMAN.comBrent McMahon wins on debut while the 11th time is the charm for Meredith Kessler at IRONMAN Arizona presented by Waste Management.


    #IMArizona- How's this for clever? Projecting slides right on the race running surface.


    #IMArizona- WT...?

    #IMArizona- Totally nuts!

    #IMArizona- Erica Bjorndahl, finishing her debut Ironman

    #IMArizona Ironman Editor in Chief Kevin Mackinnon with Luis Alvarez, who finished his 116th Ironman race today.

    #IMArizona- Your staff, hard at work.

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