ST. GEORGE – Ironman competitors, men and women, whether finishing or not should hold their heads high. The last full Ironman will be the toughest St. George Ironman ever, and despite the day’s brutal conditions, there were no critical incidents.
The overall winner of Ironman St. George was Ben Hoffman, a native of Grand Junction, Colo., who completed the course in 9 hours 7 minutes.
The first male age-grouper crossed the line in just over 10 hours and was won by Chuck Sloan, of Tulsa, Okla.
Meredith Kessler, San Francisco, Calif., took the female title with a time of 10 hours 13 minutes, and finished in 8th place overall. What an amazing performance.
Jesse Donavan, of Shelburne, Vt., took 2nd place with a time of 10 hours 37 minutes in her second Ironman as a professional. She finished 11th at Ironman Arizona last year.
One of the most impressive performances of the day was Danielle Kehole, a 25-year-old from Arvada, Colo. She was the women’s overall age-group champion and only two professional women posted a faster time. Her time was 10 hours 45 minutes.
Final times for the top three professional competitors:
- Ben Hoffman – 09:07:04
- Maik Twelsiek – 09:25:58
- Axel Zeebroek – 09:35:33
- Meredith Kessler – 10:12:59
- Jessie Donavan – 10:37:30
- Uli Bromme – 10:53:20
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