Ironman St. George, Utah results 2012

This will be the last year that St.George will host host a full-ironman WTC event and next year it will be replaced by the Ironman 70.3 St. George, Utah.

The St. George course has been called one of the most challenging in North America and unlike most Ironman races, it has been struggling to fill every year.

***Be sure to visit the age-group race results for Ironman St.George.

Mathis Hecht and Heather Wurtele won this race last year and neither will be here to defend their title. As a matter of fact, Heather is the only woman to ever win Ironman St.George, Utah.
ironman st. george, utah race results 2012

THE ST. GEORGE COURSE

A water temperature of about 62F degrees was expected for race morning with an air temperature highs hovering at around 85F later in the day.

The swim is one loop and takes place in Sand Hollow Reservoir. It’s followed by challenging bike through the canyons surrounding the area and a testing run that will be an altered 3-loops this year because of construction.

Both pro fields are quite small but the race to the finish line and the top of the podium for the pro men is nowhere certain.

Mail Twelsiek should be the race favorite going in, but Ben Hoffman could have something to say about that once the pros reach the marathon.

Chris McDonald and Axel Zeebroek are also quite capable of grabbing he top spot on the podium on their top effort.

PRO MEN

Twelsiek, Maik 
Hoffman, Ben
McDonald, Chris
Zeebroek, Axel
Schifferle, Mike
Thurston, Heath
Russell, Matthew
Young, Dantley
Vondracek, Jesse
Wygand, Richard
Moser, Ernst
Nelson, Kirk
Gerlach, Thomas
O'Meara, Adam
Still, Monte
Franks, Logan
Sheeks, Matthew 

For the women, Meredith Kessler could well lead the race from start to finish in this compact field but Madison Mackenzie and Uli Bromme are both capable of launching a serious charge. Merdith finished in 2nd place in 2012 and was forced to drop out of the 2011 race.

PRO WOMEN


2012 Ironman St. George results(meredith kessler)

Meredith Kessler makes her 3rd Ironam St.George appearance


Meredith Kessler
Uli Bromme
Jessie Donavan
Mackenzie Madison
Jessica Smith
Gillian Clayton
Trish Deim
Erin Young

THE RACE

About 40 minutes into the swim the wind began to pick up and spotters report the water getting a bit rough.

Most likely this will have little effect on the pros who will for the most part be almost finished their swim, but it could prove challenging for some of the age-groupers who are perhaps taking on their first Ironman open water swim.

Not surprisingly it was Ben Hoffman and Mark Twelsiek entering the swim/bike transition virtually together as they left the water behind Axel Zeebroek and Heath Thurston.

As the leading pro men left on their bikes it was………..

Strong winds on the St. George bike course for 2012

52:45..........Heath Thurston 
53:04..........Axel Zeebroek 
54:12..........Ben Hoffman 
54:29..........Maik Twelsiek

PRO MEN SWIM SPLITS

Thurston, Heath..............00:52:30
Twelsiek, Maik...............00:52:42
Hoffman, Ben.................00:52:44
McDonald, Chris..............00:56:32
Nelson, Kirk.................00:58:00
Vondracek, Jesse.............00:58:47
O'Meara, Adam................00:58:47
Gerlach, Thomas..............00:59:19
Sheeks, Matthew..............01:04:09

Early on in the bike it is Axel Zeebroek at the front, with Ben Hoffman 20 seconds back, Maik Twelsiek 31 seconds, Heath Thurston 1:09 and Chris McDonald at 5:07. Maik Twelsiek seems intent on making a statement early on and just a few minutes later passes Ben Hoffman to take over second place.

By mile-14 Maik is in the lead.

As expected Meredith Kessler is using her strong swim and bike skills to take off from the rest of the field. If she judges her pace right today she may never give up the lead, but lots can happen on Ironman day so time will tell.

Her nearest competitor is Jessica Smith who is over 7 minutes back early on.

Strangely there is no sign of Madison Mackenzie in the top six women in the swim. Perhaps she has run into some sort of problem.

PRO WOMEN SWIM SPLITS

Kessler, Meredith...................00:52:42
Smith, Jessica......................00:58:12
Young, Erin.........................01:09:11
Bromme, Uli.........................01:09:11
Donavan, Jessie.....................01:18:51
Spitler, Erin.......................01:19:37

THE BIKE

Three hours into the race and fierce winds are battering the riders out on the bike course. Spotters report that Ben Hoffman was blown off the road and had to get of and re-mount his bike. Probably not the best day for having a disk wheel on.

The strong winds do not bode well for the age-group athletes, many of whom are in for a long day. Usually on days like this there is a higher attrition rate.

At about mile 35 Ben Hoffman and Maik Twelsiek lead. Zeebroek has fallen 2:03 back with McDonald and Thurston in 4th and 5th losing time to the 2 leaders.

At the 35-mile mark in the bike Meredith Kessler held a 12:25 lead over second place Jessica Smith. Mackenzie Madison has been spotted now and is 14:55 down in third place.

2012 ironman St. George results madison Mackenzie

Madison Mackenzie racing in Utah


At the start of lap two of the bike course it is Maik Twelsiek who is in front as he had created a gap between himself and Ben Hoffman, but it is only 20 seconds.

Meredith Kessler is alone on the lead for the women as Mackenzie Madison sits in second spot just over 17 minutes behind.

Meredith is having a great year. She finished first by a wide margin in the abbreviated IM New Zealand that became a 70.3 because of weather.

Kate Bevilaqua and Jo Lawn fought right down to the wire in the 2012 edition of the New Zealand race that that took place two months ago and Kate took second by a few seconds. Kate followed that up with a second place finish in today’s Ironman 70.3 Busselton.

Be sure to check out the Ironman 70.3 Busselton pro results and the Ironman 70.3 Busselton age-group results while you are visiting with us on Ironstruck.com

Just as a point of interest, Maik was recently married to fellow pro Hiliary Biscay who is racing this weekend at IM Australia. They both have a very good chance of winning their respective races.

At the end of the bike there is little to choose between Ben Hoffman and Maik Twelsiek. They have been here before and it will most likely come down to who can maintain a higher pace for the duration of the marathon.

They seem to take turns out-running each other and we should soon know who will prevail in this race.

PRO MEN BIKE SPLITS

Hoffman, Ben...................05:10:01
Twelsiek, Maik.................05:10:35
Zeebroek, Axel.................05:26:52
McDonald, Chris................05:34:53
Gerlach, Thomas................05:33:54
Nelson, Kirk...................05:34:25
O'Meara, Adam..................05:51:26 
Sheeks, Matthew................05:48:41
Russell, Matthew...............06:06:57

Chris McDonald withdrew from the race. He was in fourth place at the time but was far off the pace being set by the two leaders.

Meredith Kessler still held a sizable lead at the four-mile mark of the run. Madison is running strong as well but is over 20 minutes off the pace.

Well it soon became obvious who the winner would be today. Ben Hoffman broke away from Twelsiek and in the blink of an eye had a lead of over ten minutes, and at last report Maik was walking so unless something catastrophic happens, Ben Hoffman will be the winner of the final Ironman St.George to be run in Utah as it becomes an Ironman 70.3 event in 2013.

ironman st. george, utah results 2012

Ben Hoffman wins St. George Ironman


Meredith Kessler is also looking like a run-away winner and Madison Mackenzie who is currently in second spot is begin challenged by Jesse Donavan and Uli Bromme.

At the 16-mile mark Maik Twelsiek holds onto second and is over 16 minutes behind the leader.

At mile nineteen Hoffman is still running well according to spotters and Maik Twelsiek is running once again in second but is still 18 minutes back of Ben and may soon have to contend with Axel Zeebroek who is closing the gap on him from third spot.

Ben Hoffman is 2012 Ironman St.George, Utah champion with an unofficial winning time of 09:07:05.

Meridith Kessler is the winner for the pro women and just as an indication of how tough the conditions were, her winning time was 40 minutes slower than 2011. Meredith was eighth overall in the race.

Jesse Donavan appears to be on her way to a second place finish with just a few kilometers to go. What a great race for her.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN

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

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