The Ironman Arizona course has quickly gained a reputation of being a fast, flat course and that reputation was put to the test on Sunday November 18, 2012 when a strong field of pros showed up in Tempe for the race to see if they could come out on top of the Ironman Arizona results 2012.
There is a prize purse of $75,000 for this race as well as 2000 Kona Ranking Points toward the 2013 Ironman World Championships in the Fall of 2013.
Have a look at the Ironman Hawaii 2012 results right here on IronStruck.
For the pro men Torsten Able, TJ Tollakson, Stephen Vuckovic, Paul Mathews, Fraser Cartmell, Brian Rhodes and Paul Amey were just a few of the pros on hand who had the ability on their best effort to make the podium.
THE IRONMAN ARIZONA COURSE
The course features a one-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake and leads athletes into a three-loop bike course that is flat and fast for the most part.
The run course if also fast but often can get very hot because of the lack of shade. However heat was a far greater problem before the race was changed from an April date to a November date.
Eneko Llanos of Spain won the 2011 edition of Ironman Arizona with a blistering fast 7:59:38 (course record), but was not on hand in 2012 to defend hit title.
Great to see Andrew Starykowicz in the race today and wish him all the best on the come-back trail from injuries suffered in a previous race. If he is back on form he will blow these guys away on the bike.
ABEL, Torsten AMEY, Paul ARCHER, Jimmy BEARDALL, Timothy BECKER, Blake BOHACH, Adam BOTELHO, Raymond BOUDREAUX, Chris BROWN, Dan BUTTERFIELD, Tyler CARTMELL, Fraser DAERR, Justin DRAGSTRA, Luke ELLIOT, Lewis EVERETT, Kevin FROMMHOLD, Nils GANTER, Christopher GARCIA, Derek GERLACH, Thomas GLIBERT, Chris HAM, Yeunsik HAST, Jarmo HECHT, Mathias HEMET, Nicolas JASKOLKA, Marek KELLY, Ryan KOTLAND, Peter KOVAC, Matjaz MACASIEB, Arland Macasieb MAJOR, Jozsef MATTHEWS, Paul MAZZETTA, Gabriele MIKELSON, Ian MILAM, Jared MUELLER, Daniel NEMCIK, Marek O'MEARA, Adam PAUL, Jeff PIGGIN, Olly POTREBITSCH, Georg RESSLER, Markus RHODES, Bryan RITTER, Christian RUSSELL, Matthew SHEARON, Jonathan STARYKOWICZ, Andrew STILL, Monte SUNDBERG, Swen TADDONIO, Kevin THOMPSON, Nicholas TOLLAKSON, Tj TOTH, Anthony UMPHENOUR, Joe VAN BERKEL, Jan VRABEL, Jozef VUCKOVIC, Stephan WADE, Robert WATSON, Jason WETZEL, Michael WOODWARD, Alun WYGAND, Richard WYSS, Manuel
There was some fireworks expected in the race for top spot on the pro woman side as Ironman World Champion Leanda Cave, Linsey Corbin, and Meredith Kessler were just a few top female pros on hand for the race.
ABRAHAM, Corinne BROMME, Uli CAVE, Leanda CHURA, Haley CORBIN, Linsey DEIM, Trish FERREIRA, Amber FILLNOW, Kelly GROSS, Sara HOMO, Malaika KESSLER, Meredith LAMACCHIA, Leslie LEWIS, Cindy LIE, Kristin MANNWEILER, Kathrin PEARCE, Jackie PEKERMAN, Nina SCHWABENBAUER, Kim SHUTT, Beth SMITH, Jessica VAN DER MERWE, Natasha WEERD, Mirjam WERNICK, Charisa YOUNG, Erin
As is usually the case in an Ironman event, the swim does not usually dictate who the winner will be. Unlike the Ironman 70.3, there are more opportunities for slower swimmers to make up time in the 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run.
That being said, there were no less than 14 pro men leaving the water at virtually the same time. Nils Frommhold was first out, but the other 13 were within 30 seconds of him heading into the swim/bike transition.
For the pro women it is not unusual to see Meredith Kessler come out of the water first as she is a brilliant swimmer, but today she had company.
Haley Chura matched her stroke for stroke and came out one second ahead of Meredith with a swim time of 50:16. Unlike the men, there was a big gap to the chasing pro women with Leanda Cave in third place almost five minutes back.
Sort of surprising, but Linsey Corbin was nine minutes back after the swim.
Looks like Andrew Starykowicz was indeed back on form as his 4:16:31 bike split is by far the fastest of the day. TJ Tollakson is also a very strong cyclist and was second into the transition and onto the run course about two minutes behind Starykowicz.
TOP TEN MEN AFTER SWIM/BIKE
STARYKOWICZ, Andrew............04:16:31 TOLLAKSON, Tj..................04:19:03 FROMMHOLD, Nils................04:22:45 MATTHEWS, Paul.................04:24:31 AMEY, Paul.....................04:23:48 VAN BERKEL, Jan................04:24:31 MIKELSON, Ian..................04:24:07 EVERETT, Kevin.................04:24:19 BUTTERFIELD, Tyler.............04:26:02 UMPHENOUR, Joe.................04:33:15
Andrew Starykowicz was not able to hold the lead and it was Nils Frommhold who appeared to be the strongest runner and took over the lead. Tollakson was in second and Paul Mathews in third as they reached the nine-mile mark of the marathon.
Frommhold could not be caught and is the 2012 Ironman Arizona champion. Paul Matthews finished in second place and TJ Tollakson appears to be holding on for the final podium spot.
TOP TEN PRO MEN
FROMMHOLD, Nils........08:03:16 MATTHEWS, Paul.........08:05:01 TOLLAKSON, Tj..........08:07:39 BUTTERFIELD, Tyler.....08:14:44 HAST, Jarmo............08:16:12 MIKELSON, Ian..........08:19:41 STARYKOWICZ, Andrew....08:20:39 RUSSELL, Matthew.......08:30:53 RITTER, Christian......08:35:11 GERLACH, Thomas........08:36:08
Meredith Kessler took charge of the race on the bike course with a 4:53:41 time. Her nearest competitor Haley Chura fell off the pace in the bike and slipped into third place as Linsey Corbin moved into second when she posted the fastest bike time of the top three pro women with a 4:51:34.
At this point it was pretty clear that Leanda Cave would not be a factor and that was not a surprise as Leanda comes off a sensational effort In Ironman Hawaii where she won the World Championships.
The race for top spot among the pro women is being decided in the final six miles. Linsey Corbin made a late charge and at the 20-mile mark had a 42-second lead over Kessler. Corrine Abraham of Great Britain was a solid third place at this point in the race.
With three miles to go it looked like Linsey Corbin would have a chance at breaking the 9-hour mark, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Linsey Corbin wins Ironman Arizona 2012 with a time of 9:01:44. Corbin has finished second in this race three times and finally has her first victory.
TOP TEN PRO WOMEN
CORBIN, Linsey..........09:01:44 KESSLER, Meredith.......09:06:44 ABRAHAM, Corinne........09:15:13 GROSS, Sara.............09:18:07 WEERD, Mirjam...........09:24:30 CAVE, Leanda............09:24:54 CHURA, Haley............09:28:25 HOMO, Malaika...........09:28:43 WERNICK, Charisa........09:30:30 SCHWABENBAUER, Kim......09:30:57