Belgium’s Rutger Beke officially announced his retirement as a professional triathlete today.
Beke won Ironman Cozumel (2009), Ironman Arizona (2007), Ironman 70.3 Monaco (2005), and had numerous top five finishes at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. He was third in Kona in 2008, fourth in 2006 and 2005, fifth in 2004, and second in 2003.
“The last few weeks I started to realize my triathlon story has come to an end,” said Beke at the press conference held today at the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. “The time has come for me to start a new chapter in life.”
You can read the full retirement statement here.
WTC gets a new CEO
Today the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) announced that it has a new Chief Executive Officer. Andrew Messick takes over from Ben Fertic (the CEO since 2004).
Messick comes to the WTC after stepping down as President of AEG Sports – owners of many sports properties including the recently completed Tour of California.
Fertic will remain with the WTC as President and will serve on the Board of Directors.
Find out more here.