Ironman Canada 2012 results

It was all quiet in downtown Penticton on the eve of the 30th and final version of Ironman Canada on Sunday August 26, 2012.

It was the best of times and the worst of times as an official starting field of over 2600 athletes settled in for the evening for a final night of rest and solitude before the mayhem of the iconic and last ever Ironman Canada mass swim start.

It is the best of times for those who are entered in the race and have the opportunity to take part in the swan song of an Ironman event that has provided so many spectacular and unforgettable moments over the last three decades and the worst of times for those who made the pilgrimage to the Mecca of Ironman to sign up for 2013 only to find they left it too long and will never have the opportunity to experience the magic of Ironman Canada.

Barring a last-minute miracle, Ironman Canada will no longer exist at the stroke of midnight, 17 hours after the starting gun signalling the start of the race.

So who will be the final pro female and male champions who will top the Ironman Canada 2012 results?

Christian Brader sure looks like the one to beat in this field of pro men, but Matthew Russell and Kyle Marcotte have the ability to make it very interesting on their best effort.

PRO MEN

Chris Bagg 
Matthew Russell 
Scott Curry 
Nathin Killam 
Lewis Elliot 
Ryan Borger 
Kyle Marcotte 
Christian Brader 
Andrew Powell 
Shannon Stallard 
Olly Piggin 
Mathew Sheeks 
Anthony Toth 
Derick Garcia 
Luke Way 
Elliot Holtham 
JC Ramirez

It’s really not much of a surprise that Meredith Kessler will not be at the start line on race morning. She had a great season and is in sixth place in the Kona Ranking points for pro women and will be in Ironman Hawaii for the 2012 World Championships. It really did not seem like the best plan to race in Ironman Canada as it is so close to Ironman Hawaii.

Karen Thibodeau or Paolina Allan could do well in here, but it seems likely that the running ability of Madison Mackenzie is going to be hard to match if she is on her game. She might well run her way right to the top of the podium.

PRO WOMEN

Janelle Morrison 
Paolina Allan 
Stephanie Ossenbrink 
Alexis Smith 
Mackenzie Madison 
Gillian Clayton  
Monica Dalidowicz  
Marilyn McDonald 
Trish Deim 
Karen Thibodeau

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The day started out great with water temperature of 21C, however for some reason the swim times seemed slower than previous years.

Chris Bagg was one of the first out of the water with a time of 54:17 and was in contention at the bike/run transition but he ran into trouble in the marathon and was not a factor in the final stage of the race.

It all came down to the marathon to decide the winner of the 30th and final edition of Ironman Canada and it was a 2:53:34 run time that gave Matthew Russel the win. He was the only one to post a time under three hours for the marthon.

Olly Piggin had a solid bike and run and took second spot. Christian Brader was a bit of a favorite going into the race but after reaching the finish said he was not feeling great in the second half of the bike course and struggled to finish in third place.

PRO MEN

Russell, Matthew.....01:03:04.....04:48:41.....02:53:34.....08:48:30
Piggin, Olly.........00:56:51.....04:48:43.....03:05:25.....08:54:17
Brader, Christian....00:57:29.....04:48:19.....03:09:52.....08:58:59
Toth, Anthony........00:57:23.....04:55:37.....03:04:25.....09:02:07
Stallard, Shanon.....00:57:14.....04:56:01.....03:05:53.....09:03:53
Sheeks, Matthew......01:03:13.....05:00:44.....03:02:01.....09:09:40
Killam, Nathan.......00:57:05.....05:05:21.....03:10:09.....09:17:00
Tremblay, Scott......01:03:07.....05:07:00.....03:08:23.....09:22:06
Marcotte, Kyle.......00:57:16.....04:56:45.....03:29:24.....09:27:32
Way, Luke............01:01:12.....05:00:11.....03:25:35.....09:30:44
Borger, Ryan.........00:57:36.....05:19:35.....03:40:00.....10:01:18
Bagg, Chris..........00:54:17.....04:49:29.....04:14:59.....10:01:48

Gillian Clayton had one of the slowest swims among the pro women yet had a solid bike and the fastest run split with a time of 3:17:08 that was just enough to fend off a hard-charging Karen Thibodeau who was the first pro woman out of the water, but fell back in the bike and was unable to make up the lost time, but did manage to pass Janelle Morrison who finished in third place.

It was a spectacular race for Janelle as she is just rounding back into form after recovering from a serious car accident. It seemed that she would require more time to work herself into shape but had an excellent bike and solid run and was full value for her podium finish.

It looked for all the world that Stephanie Ossenbrink was going to run away with the race after posting a bike split of 5:09 but she ran out of gas in the marathon and finished well back.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day was Mackenzie Madison who is an exceptionally strong runner but did not have a great day.

PRO WOMEN

Clayton, Gillian.....01:08:32.....05:16:51.....03:17:08.....09:46:07
Thibodeau, Karen.....00:55:41.....05:30:09.....03:21:43.....09:50:52
Morrison, Janelle....01:06:46.....05:16:47.....03:25:57.....09:53:20
Allan, Paolina.......01:03:12.....05:22:03.....03:35:04.....10:04:07
Smith, Alexis........00:57:11.....05:32:14.....03:33:25.....10:06:34
Ossenbrink,Stephanie.00:57:14.....05:09:30.....04:05:20.....10:15:48
Deim, Trish..........01:10:02.....05:19:23.....03:47:48.....10:21:48
Dalidowicz, Monica...01:02:59.....05:29:26.....03:47:15.....10:24:07

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