Sixth out of the water (23:22), and seventh after the bike (2:12:10), McMahon stayed close enough to the frontrunners (down 55 seconds to TJ Tollakson heading onto the run) and took advantage of an outstanding run (1:13:20) and claim the Ironman 70.3 St. George title today in Utah with a finishing time of 3:51:10.
“I love it here. What an awesome place. I’ve been here for almost 2 weeks,” said Victoria’s McMahon in his finish line interview on Ironmanlive. ” I wanted to win bad. I was doing hard hill repeats at home so I was ready for this. Vegas here I come.”
American’s Kevin Collington (3:53:38) and Andy Potts (3:54:21) finished second and third respectively. Kelowna’s Trevor Wurtele finished tenth (3:57:55).
Here he is a few minutes after that.
American Meredith Kessler, winner of the full Ironman St. George last year, was 4:10 down to Germany’s Svenja Bazlen (rode a race best 2:21:39) off the bike, but ran a strong 1:22:49 to pass Bazlen for the victory (4:17:11) and take home the title of US Pro Champion in Utah. Bazlen finished just behind for second (4:18:46), and Kelowa’s Heather Wurtele ran 1:24:49 to move up a position after the bike to capture third (4:20:26).
Kessler, who plans to race her 50th Ironman race in Kona, will not be racing as many Ironman races this season. “This is my fourth year here in a row,” said Kessler at the finish line. “I’m going to do first Olympic distance (race) in two weeks. Try to race with the fast girls. And do a lot of halves, and go into Kona the first time a little fresher on the legs.”
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