LEG LUBE: Sunny and cool race conditions in Madison led to some record-breaking performances at the 11th IRONMAN Wisconsin. Approximately 2,500 athletes entered Lake Monona and Colombia’s Andres Castillo Latorre was the first to make it on shore in 49:01. Following him were Austria’s Dominik Berger (50:55) and American Ben Hoffman (52:13). Castillo Latorre continued to lead until the 42-mile mark, at which point Hoffman took control of the race. Hoffman applied the pressure on the rest of the field and, by the end of the 112-mile bike ride, he clocked 4:37:58 to break the old course record (4:42:29) set by Romain Guillaume in 2010. Hoffman’s stellar ride gave him a 10:07 lead over fellow Americans Justin Daerr and Thomas Gerlach at T2. Castillo Latorre fell to fourth and was 13:01 behind. On the 26.2 mile run, Hoffman had his eye on the course record and did not let up. Those behind chased hard, but never got closer than nine minutes to him. Despite some suffering in the closing miles, Hoffman had the second best marathon of 2:56:34 to claim his third IRONMAN title in 8:32:51, breaking Joe Gambles (AUS) old course record of 8:38:32 set in 2010.
Elizabeth Lyles, who turned pro in August, ended up running a 2:59:34 marathon to break the run course record of 3:00:26 (previously set by Germany’s Kristin Moeller in 2010) and capture her first IRONMAN title in 9:34:35.
Read all of the results at: http://bit.ly/OawYoU