IRONMAN CANADA 2010 RESULTS
I’ve just returned from Penticton and have some Ironman Canada 2010 results to share with you.
SOME NOTES OF INTEREST
Ironman Canada has certainly grown in size over the past few decades. I can remember back in 1987 when I entered my very first Ironman Canada in Penticton it was possible to enter a week before the race if you wanted to.
Back in those days there were around 800 people entered.
When the dust settled and the 17 hour mark was reached to signal the end of the 2010 Ironman, Edward Russel of Kamloops B.C. was the last of 2,606 triathletes to cross the finish line. His time was 16:59:56. Over 3 times as many athletes finished than actually started back in 1987.
This year there were a record 3,024 entrants and I believe just under 2800 actually started the race.
Steve King came by for a moment for a chat the day before the race when I was doing book-signings for my Ironstruck books and I’m sure he said around 2,750 would officially be racing for there spot in the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
That sounds about right because there are normally two hundred or so who register for any Ironman who don’t make it to the start line for a variety of reasons.
Tom Evans is the only Penticton local to ever win an Ironman Canada event, but unfortunately he was forced to withdraw this year and was unable to finish and would not be part of the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
Many race fans were very disappointed when 80-year-old Sister Madonna Buder from Spokane dropped out in the swim. Apparently she had issues with a new wet-suit she was using in the race.
I still have not quite figured out what happened here, but will try and find out from a reliable source and if I do, will pass it on.
Sister Madonna is a very experienced Ironman and you have to think she must have worn the wetsuit several times in training and was not wearing it for the first time.
Regardless, I hope Sister Madonna returns next year and takes another run at IMC when she is 81. She is certainly an inspiration for just making it to the start line of an Ironman.
Tereza Macel of Toronto who was in great form when she won Ironman Canada in 2009 but also failed to finish the 2010 event.
However this is really no surprise. Just two weeks before Ironman Canada Tereza won a major race in Europe and pro or not, two weeks is simply not enough recovery time between all out efforts.
I can remember the year when Peter Reid won Ironman Canada and then went on to win Ironman Hawaii within four weeks. He said “it was an extremely tough race in Hawaii after such a short recovery”.
He went on to say that he was fortunate to be able to pull out the win in Kona.
So I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for Tereza. I hope next year she keys on Ironman Canada so we can have the pleasure of watching her fight it out for the top spot among the pro women once again.
Meredith Kessler from San Francisco was the eventual winner for the pro women with a time of 9:13:46 and that was good enough for 19th overall.
She Passed Heather Wurtele at about the 70 mile mark in the bike and never looked back. Heather hung on and finished second with a time of 9:17:17.
The race for the overall win was simply spectacular. I caught this picture of Viktor Zyemtsev from the Ukraine and Christian Brader from Memmingen, Germany when they came down Main Street past Tim Horton’s running side by side.
The winning time for Viktor was 8:23:28 and he won by 13 seconds in what was the closest of any Ironman Canada 2010 results for first place.
The times for the 18-24 age group both men and women are excellent and bode well for the future. Considering that peak endurance happens somewhere in the 30’s for most people, there could well be a world champion among these young stars.
Female 18-24…….Nicole Akeroyd Canada 11:20:23, Megan Marion U.S. 11:33:31, Demczur Canada 11:48:06.
When Laurie Bowden first decided to give the ironman a try in Penticton she was over 12 hours in her first attempt. She went on to be one of the top women Ironmen in the world and won Canada, Kona and many other events around the world.
There was even that amazing year when the husband and wife team of Laurie Bowden and Peter Reid both took first place in the same Ironman Hawaii world championships.
These three female 18-24 times are excellent and show much potential. I hope they make a career of the Ironman, find great coaches and take a run at becoming one of the best in the world.
Men 18-24……..Dj Snyder Tomball(yes, that is exactly how his name appears)U.S. 9:41: 27. He can go by any name he wants with that kind of time in the youngest age group. Outstanding! Mark Faas Canada 9:54:00, Joshua Krabbe Canada 10:01:19. These times are really fast.
Women 25-29……..Shannon Desrosiers U.S. 9:59:44, Jen Annett Canada 10:16:45, Laura O’Meara U.S. 10:19:48.
I did a 9:59:59 Ironman once. Unfortunately I was dreaming and was sprinting to the finish line with Steve King egging me on to beat 10 hours and just as I ran across the finish line I fell out of bed and hit my head on the alarm clock and that’s the closest I ever came to beating 10 hours.
Yes, only in my dreams. Great Performance Shannon. The air is pretty thin under the 10 hour mark and you have joined a very elite group of Ironman age-groupers around the world who have managed to break that barrier.
Hell, if I knew your address I would even send you an Ironstruck t-shirt just because.
Men 25-29……..Justin Birks Canada 9:19:45(So Justin, how much longer do you plan on being an age-grouper?) What a great race. You are just a step away from racing with the pros. Gerry Marvin U.S. 9:40:10, Joel Maley Canada 9:42:34.
Women 30-34……Caroline Gregory U.S. 10:16:46, Ali Black U.S. 10:37, Bonnie Jensen 10:48:35. A sweep by American women in this age group. The Americans love this race and always send their best.
Men 30-34……..Tony Buckingham Canada 9:26:13, Kevin Beatty Canada 9:30:02, Craig Spreadbury U.S. 9:31:42. You can certainly tell that the 30’s are indeed the years when endurance peaks. The times in both the women and men in this age group are all excellent.
The top three men were separated by only 5 minutes in the Ironman Canada 2010 results so this was a hotly contested age-group and it was almost a Canadian sweep.
Women 35-39…….Cailla Patterson Canada 10:09, Jennifer Chalmers 10:25:38, Virginia Sellars Canada 10:49:32
Men 35-39……….Scott Tremblay Canada 9:06:21, Sam Destelbergen Belgium 9:14:21, David Matheson Canada 9:20:47
So take a good look at the times in the ten year span between 30 and 40. It leaves little doubt that these are the peak years for both speed and endurance as far as the Ironman goes.
As I continue on with the age groups you will start to see a shift to slower times. This is normal and it seems like somewhere in our 40’s we show the first signs of slowing down.
And almost true to form if you look at the age groups as they progress through the years times get slower and slower. This is completely natural.
Women 40-44……..Carolyn Hubbard Canada 10:30:07, Diane Soucheray U.S. 10:47:18, Michelle Barr Canada 10:50:22
Men 40-44……….Marc Flageole Canada 9:28:48, Adrian Walton Can. 9:32:54, Troy Allaby Canada 9:39:53
A sweep by the Canadian men of the top three spots and 5 of 6 top spots in this category of the Ironman Canada 2010 results . Good work.
Women 45-49………Patti Warr Canada 10:49:04, Anna Desireau Canada 10:54:01, Barbara Minten Switzerland 11:02:55.
Men 45-49………..Scott Jones U.S. 9:40:47, Dan Smith Canada 9:50:22, Scott Tucker U.S. 9:57:32
Women 50-54……….Teresa Rider U.S. 10:34:14, (this is a great time for this age-group)You can tell it stands out when you look at the age groups just before this one. Teresa would have been second in the 40-44 age group and would have won the 45-49 age group. Great performance Teresa! Kathi Best U.S. 11:27:30, Claudia Kretschman U.S. 11:37:36.
Men 50-54………….Conrad Steffens U.S. 9:28:33 **To my way of thinking, this was one of the greatest performances of IMC 2010.Conrad was only about 15 seconds behind the winner of the 40-44 age group.
You will notice as we progress through this age group and the next age group that the times climb into the 9:40’s and in the next age group into the 10 hours.
These are all outstanding performances, but you can see how amazing Steffen’s performance was considering the age group he was in. He earned his spot in the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
Patrice Kretz of Canada was second in this group with a time of 9:43:26, James Richman U.S. 9:48:37 was third.
Women 55-59……….Laurelee Welder Canada 11:06:00, Ann Devine U.S. 12:50:31, Barb Hillier Canada 12:59:21.
Men 55-59………….Brian Shroeder Canada 10:38:08, Claude Girardin Switzerland 10:46:57, Dell Balfour Canada 10:53:31
Under 11 hours in this age-group is pretty mind-boggling. Great work and very inspiring performance by everyone in these groups.
Women 60-64……..Carol Peters Canada 11:50:42(this is most likely my second pick for the most amazing performances of the day)Hella Versfeld Canada 12:09:25, Jeanne Byron Canada 13:20:13
Men 60-64………..Herman Hefti Switzerland 11:03:53, Alfred Honerman Germany 11:28:53, Mark Hoffman Canada 11:34:47.
So what you guys are saying, is that I would have to go in around 11 hours if I wanted to qualify for Kona in this age group. Oh… My…God….
Women 65-69…….Leslye Teuber U.S. 14:24:46, Susan Abbot Canada 15:23:36. Wow!
Men 65-69……….Eckhard Friedreica Ger. 12:52:17, Dick Ensslen Canada 13:46:35, Fred Goss Canada 13:48:44. Oh good, I if I wait until I’m 65 I only have to break 13 hours to get to Kona. Good Lord. You guys are amazing.
I believe there were no entries in the 70-74 age group for women and Sister Maddona was the only entry in the 70’s(actually 80 for her) but unfortunately she had wetsuit problems and had to end her race early.
What an inspiration she is just to be at the start line of any Ironman. Amazing courage and strength of character.
Men 70-74……..Joe Huth Canada 14:11:01, Yoshiyuki Nishimura Japan 14:49:02, Evan Fagan Canada 15:39:45. I find these results really mind-blowing. It’s hard to even describe how epic these performances are. Simply amazing.
And here is our oldest finisher in Ironman Canada…2010…
in the 75-79 age group…Sumio Endo from Japan in an incredible time of 15:14:53..
Sumio had a 1:24:19 swim time. Holy crap! It took me 6 tries to break 1:20 and I was in my 40’s. I’m going to have to make myself eat raw fish or something. I don’t know what his secret is but Sumio is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
His bike time was 7:54:05 and his run time was 5:38:18. Those are all great performances and Sumio is a perfect example of what we can all aspire to.
More than anything that has ever happened in our world over the generations, I believe that since it’s inception, triathlon and the Ironman in particular has re-defined old age and that’s reflected in the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
The time is gone when people have to just sit and do nothing when they retire and suffer for years from ill health often caused by inactivity.
Triathlon is the fastest growing “mainstream” sport in the world for a reason. It is a sport for anyone of any age. There are no gender boundaries. You do not have to be a perfectly chiseled high performance athlete in order to be a part of this great sport.
If you learn how to swim and bike and run a little and do some some short triathlons you will live a longer and happier life. You will meet great people who are on the same journey as you are.
I believe that has been proven over and over again that triathlon has the power to transform people and see realize perhaps for the first time how truly amazing they really are.
But most of all what you need is the desire in your heart to break down barriers and achieve things on so many levels that you never thought possible. You need to take that first step and begin to believe in yourself.
I hope you visit Ironstruck often and let it be your source of hope and inspiration as you make positive changes in your life.
Thanks to Pam and Bruce at the Book Shop on Main Street for letting me do by book signings in front of their store.
Thanks to the locals and volunteers who stopped by to chat. Thank you to the people who operate the fish and chip truck just off Main. You were part of my Ironman routine over 2 decades ago and you still are today.
Thanks to all of you who volunteered and gave so much of your time to put on the most loved Ironman on the planet. You helped make the Ironman Canada 2010 results a huge success.
You will never be forgotten and although you may not know it, you will remain in the hearts and minds of triathletes from around the world for years to come.
I took part in my first Ironman Canada 23 years ago and have not forgotten how important the volunteers were on that day.
Thanks to Steve King for bringing back so many memories of race days gone by when I heard his mystical voice during IMC 2010 and recalled the days when I ran down Main Street running on empty and just waiting to hear his voice.
Congratulations to all of you on your performances in the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
And for those of you who did not reach the finish line, just remember that you are amazing for just reaching the start line.
It takes courage and strength of will to be standing on the beach in the singular moment when they are playing the Canadian anthem or the anthem of any country where you are taking on the Ironman challenge. On this day so many dedicated triathletes were focused on being part of the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
It’s truly one of the great moments in sports to be standing in one of the fittest spots in the world at that moment in time. Never forget you were an intricate part of the race.
Well done for the work you put in to make it to the Ironman and always remember, the Ironman course will always be waiting for you when you are ready to give it another try and each time you take part you learn a little more and get a little stronger.
Or as the amazing triathlete from South Africa said when he emailed me several years ago.
“Six times I failed to reach the finish line of our Ironman in Mandella Bay, but I loved every moment that I was out there among such great people from all over the world and knew if I persisted and it was my time, I would one day realize my dream”.
I told him I agreed with him 100% and he was an inspiration and a fine example for people everywhere who were striving to reach a distant finish line where-ever it might be.
I told him that I believed he was destined to become an Ironman and one day the Iron Gods would reward him for his courage and passion and smile down on him.
On his 7th try he crossed the Ironman finish line in South Africa.
Congratulations to all those who were part of the Ironman Canada 2010 results.
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