victory at ironman st george for weiss and wurtele 11 199x300   Victory at Ironman St. George for Weiss and WurteleThe first Ironman St. George at Sand Hallow Reservoir was said to be the world’s toughest Ironman. With almost 2000 athletes toughing it out to complete the course, besting them all were Michael Weiss of Austria and Heather Wurtele of Canada.

In T1, Luke Bell of Australia was at the head of the pack with a time of 49:22. Bell continued to keep his lead until mile 35. This was where he was grouped in with Chris McDonald (AUS), Matt Lieto (US), Clemens Coenen (GER) and Ben Hoffman (US).

It was on the longest descent of the race where Weiss caught up with them and took the lead going to T2. The run course was to Weiss’ advantage as he finished in 8:40:08. Hoffman, McDonald, Bell and Kiririll Kotsegarov (EST) were vying for second through shuffling positions. Hoffman emerged ahead of the group at 8:52:54, giving him the second place. McDonald finished…

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