The 2013 Ironman Triathlon Championship venues have been chosen and here is the complete list for the coming season.
REGIONAL IRONMAN 70.3 CHAMPIONSHIPS
IRONMAN 70.3 AUCKLAND
This inaugural race in Auckland, New Zealand will have the honor of beginning the Ironman 70.3 Championship events for 2013 by hosting the Asia-Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championship.
It will be taking place on Sunday January 20, 2013.
What a great choice for a holiday destination for the whole family after the race is over. Once again the WTC has managed to find a stunning venue.
There are several inaugural WTC inaugural races taking place in 2013 including Ironman Lake Tahoe, and Ironman Whistler.
IRONMAN PANAMA 70.3
Panama City, Panama will host the South American 70.3 Championships on February 3, 2013 and is well known for the heat the athletes will have to overcome on an already tough bike course.
It is probably even better known as Lance Armstrong’s launch of his 2012 season where he was caught in the final kilometers of the race by Olympian Bevan Docherty.
TOP THREE MEN-PANAMA 2012
1 3:50:13 16 Bevan Docherty Santa Cruz CA NZL 2 3:50:55 0:42 24 Lance Armstrong Austin TX USA 3 3:52:59 2:46 5 Richie Cunningham Boulder CO AUS
Have a look back at the race as well as the full pro results for Ironman 70.3 Panama 2012.
IRONMAN 70.3 ST. GEORGE
This inaugural 70.3 race in St. George, Utah will feature a stunning venue, but it is the mountainous terrain that might well make it a very tough course to conquer.
It’s a great choice to host the North American Ironman 70.3 Championships as they have plenty of experienced organizers and volunteers. In 2012 St. George hosted it’s final Ironman Triathlon and this will be it’s first year as a 70.3 course.
TOP PROS FROM IRONMAN ST. GEORGE 2012
Hoffman, Ben...............09:07:04 Twelsiek, Maik.............09:25:58 Zeebroek, Axel.............09:35:33 Gerlach, Thomas........... 09:49:00 Sheeks, Matthew............09:52:03
TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN
Kessler, Meredith.........10:12:59 Donavan, Jessie...........10:37:30 Bromme, Uli...............10:53:20 Clayton, Gillian..........11:15:38 Spitler, Erin.............11:16:42
The race takes place on May 4, 2013.
IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Henderson, Nevada will host the Ironman 70.3 World Championships on September 8, 2013 and will feature the best middle-distance Ironman pros in the world. However, it might be very difficult to top the 2012 race.
The 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championships showcased the best middle-distance pro triathletes in the world and certainly was in all aspects a championship race.
Sebastian Kienle showed a spectacular burst of speed on the bike course and blew by some of the best male pros on the planet. He went on to win the 2012 race by 61 seconds over Craig Alexander.
He needed a substantial lead because Alexander recorded a 1:14:58 run split and was closing ground but simply ran out of time.
As a testament to just how evenly matched the world’s best pros are, the time spread between first and fifth place was just 2:19. In order to win at this level it is essential to have the perfect race, because one falter or one show of weakness and you will be beat.
There were probably a dozen pro men who could have won the race but it was Kienle who put it all together when it counted most.
It was a different story for the pro women. Leanda Cave dominated the field and her big lead coming off the bike was more than enough to fend off Kelly Williamson who posted the days best run time of 1:23:19 but like Alexander ran out of time.
The other women in the top five were basically out of the running for top spot when they left the bike/run transition.
REGIONAL IRONMAN RACES FOR 2013
ASIA-PACIFIC IRONMAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Ironman Melbourne in Australia will have the honor of kicking off the Ironman championship season on March 24, 2013.
It is quite a challenge for anyone from outside of Australia to top the podium not just because of the top Australian pros who can be expected to enter this race, but also because Australians have won the last six World Championship races.
One would expect that they will be even tougher with the race being in their own country with spectators cheering them on every step of the way.
In 2012 it was Craig Alexander with a winning time of 7:57:44 taking the honors by a fairly wide margin over second place finisher Cameron Brown.
For the women it was Caroline Steffen dominating the field and her winning time of 8:34:51 gave her a huge cushion over Rachel Joyce.
1. ALEXANDER, Craig...................07:57:44 2. BROWN, Cameron.....................08:00:12 3. VAN LIERDE, Frederik...............08:01:26
1. STEFFEN, Caroline..................08:34:51 2. JOYCE, Rachel......................08:46:09 3. CARFRAE, Mirinda...................09:04:00
For a full re-cap of the pro race visit the Ironman Melbourne 2012 results page right here on IronStruck.
IRONMAN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Ironman Frankfurt will host the Ironman European Championships on July 7, 2013 and is one very fast course and it’s always a race that features a great atmosphere for everyone involved.
What makes it particularly exciting for the athletes is the thousands upon thousands of spectators who will be cheering them on all along the course as they make their way toward the finish line.
As a testament to the speed of this course, the top 19 pro men all came in under nine hours.
TOP FIVE PRO MEN 2012
Vanhoenacker Marino..................08:03:31 Kienle Sebastian.....................08:09:55 Alonso-McKernan Clemente.............08:14:04 Raelert Andreas......................08:17:36 Raphael Jan..........................08:18:17
Complete pro results for Ironman Frankfurt 2012.
Age-group results for Frankfurt 2012.
The inaugural Ironman Mont-Tremblant took place in 2012 and they must have put on some show as it’s quite a coup to get to host the North America Ironman Championships.
There should be a field featuring many of the greatest pros in the world and it will be interesting to see how the race plays out on August 18, 2013.
IRONMAN HAWAII 2013
It was a great day of racing in Kona in the Fall of 2012 and expect nothing different in Kona on October 12, 2013.
Pete Jacobs was full measure for his 08:18:37 victory in 2012 and in the end finished five minutes ahead of second place finisher Andreas Raelert. Frederik Van Lierde was just 29 seconds behind Ralert and took the final spot on the podium.
And what about Sebastian Kienle? What a year for Sebastian. First place in the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Championships and fourth place in the 2012 Ironman World Championships.
For the pro women it came down to a foot-race between Leanda Cave and Caroline Steffen with Cave winning the duel in a time of 9:15:54 and adding a 2012 Ironman Hawaii victory to her 2012 win in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
Mirinda Carfrae was six minutes back of the winner and took third spot, but she had to fend off Sonja Tajsich and Mary Beth Ellis who finished a close fourth and fifth.
Ironman Hawaii is most likely one of the greatest championship races in the world of sports…. The greatest because it showcases not only the top pros, but also the most accomplished age-group triathletes in the world who come from every walk of life and show the world every single year how ordinary people can do extraordinary things.