Age-groupers to watch and follow in Kona, Ironman World Championships
Posted Oct 04 2011 7:01pm
Craig Alexander. Chris Lieto. Andreas Raelert. Chrissie Wellington. Mirinda Carfrae. Julie Dibens. I could go on--Faris Al-Sultan. And on--Caroline Steffen. And on--Linsey Corbin. Sure, we can all name a laundry list of professional triathletes who are racing at this year's I ronman World Championship , the big hoo-rah in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, but what about the age groupers, Ironman Foundation athletes and lottery winners in the mix?
From age-group speedsters to friends and acquaintances who are racing on October 8 at the Big Dance, here's who I'll be following from my perch in middle America.
Sarah Piampiano. She won her age group at Ironman Coeur d'Alene but what was more impressive is that she finished fourth overall, first amateur female.
Natalie Jackson. This former Chicago resident now lives in northern California--and used to attend the same spinning classes as me-- used to live in Chicago qualified at CDA
Chris Meewes. Qualifying at Lake Placid was almost a piece of cake for this Chicagoan--until a flat near the end of the bike, he was the first amateur and had a blistering bike split.
Tom Goth. He won't remember this but we were paired to run around the track and match our cadences while working with Bobby McGee at a 2010 Endurance Corner camp. The funny part--my cadence was apparently on target, yet I'm far slower.
Barry Breffle. He made qualifying at Ironman Wisconsin look easy...I watched him cruise right by me on the run and so focused that he missed me cheering.
Julie Shelley. This former Chicagoan relocated to Hong Kong and has since made Kona an annual tradition (or close to it).
Sonja Wieck. I love reading her blog --it makes me wish for speed.
Drew Scott. He’s the legendary Dave Scott’s son. I wonder if triathlon runs through his blood too, it must if he's already made it to Kona at 20 years old.
Sara Fix. She's married to the founder of Naperville's Endure It! Sports, David Fix.
Marc Robertson. This Well-Fit elite team member qualified at Ironman Louisville.
Amber Kardosh. She qualified for Kona at last year's Ironman Wisconsin but has since been faced with repeated issues on the run. I'm a silent cheerleader, hoping that Kardosh doesn't have to do as predicted: walk the marathon.
Bobbe Greenberg. This Highland Park, Ill., resident is 65!
Bob Scott. This Naperville octogenarian will be one of the oldest finishers. Think Lew Hollander but not mentioned as much.
Mary Beth Ellis. Go U Northwestern! My alma mater is represented by this pro who's having a stellar year at the longer distance.
Tara Costa. Need I say more about this former Biggest Loser contestant? If any BL would compete in Ironman and excel, it would be Costa and I can only assume that she won't disappoint.
Laura Sophiea. Now I know where her kids got their swimming skills (I swam against one of them in high school--or rather, got beaten by). She's setting age group records in this sport and made a sub-11 race look easy for a 55-year-old last year.
Claire Geiger. Gotta love a local: Geiger is from Evanston, qualified at Ironman Wisconsin and then won her age group again at Ironman Texas earlier in the year.
Ironman couple: Matthew and Adrienne Amman
Christine Anderson. She's formerly from Chicago and practically every time I'm browsing race results, her name is at the top.
Adam Zucco. Zucco had a tough start to the year thanks to the untimely death of Sally Meyerhoff (one of his athletes), but it must have fueled his fire to qualify at Ironman 70.3 California.
Elizabeth Waterstraat. Give birth, qualify for Ironman? Waterstraat had a baby (son Max) last July and less than a year later she was winning her age group at Eagleman to go hula on the Big Island.
Ironman couple 2: James and Beth Walsh
Haley Chura. So. Fast. At. Swimming.
Leslie Dimichele. I'm pretty sure that Geiger and her share the same Evanston-based coach. Hmm, what's their magic potion?
And for no particular reason aside from being fast at Ironman Wisconsin: Thomas Brunold, Lauren Birkel and Kristin Korevec.
And two who raced a World Championship, 70.3 though, last month: Beth Shutt, Jess Smith and Hailey Manning.
Who will you be tracking at the Ironman World Championship?