HURRICANE – The 2012 Ironman St. George got underway this morning on a nice glassy lake with the pro-division starting at 6:45 a.m. The age division started at 7 a.m.
The triathletes soon found out why the city is named Hurricane. At roughly 7:02 a.m. and out of nowhere the wind started to blow between 15-20 mp. Within a matter of minutes there were two foot white caps on the water.
The pro’s seemed to just power their way through the waves, especially Meredith Kessler from San Francisco. She was the third competitor out of the water and the first woman.
For the age division things were more difficult.
“You couldn’t even see the course markers the waves were so big and we were headed straight into the wind” said Annette Caruso, competitor no. 383.
A handful of spectators said competitors were being taken out in boat-loads.
Ironman employees and boat safety personal said they had never seen the swimming portion with waves likes that before.
They were exhausted from picking competitors out of the water all morning.
Top Men’s Swim:
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
Top Women’s Swim:
Kessler, Meredith – 00:52:42
Smith, Jessica – 00:58:12
Young, Erin 36 – 01:09:11
Bromme, Uli – 01:09:11
Donavan, Jessie – 01:18:51
Spitler, Erin – 01:19:37
Copyright 2012 St. George News.