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Monday, September 12, 2005

Ironman Wisconsin

Yesterday was the fourth annual Ironman Wisconsin race. I sat this one out but was definitely itching to be on the course while I watched the competitors go by from the comfort of the patio of Borocach Irish Pub, Guinness in hand. The average temperature in Madison in early September is somewhere in the mid-sixties. For the third year in a row, it was over ninety degrees for the big race. And it was windy. Last year, Ironman Wisconsin set a record for most competitors. This year it set the record for most competitors not finishing the race. Just over 2000 started and just under 400 dropped out.

But the race was a success nonetheless.

Ute Mueckel of Luegde, Germany, was the top woman, finishing 21st overall in 10 hours, 11 minutes and 22 seconds, and New Berlin, Wisconsin's Lauren Jensen finished second at 10:18:30.

Andriy Yastrebov, from Kiev, Ukraine, won overall in 9 hours, 1 minute and 34 seconds. His finish was more than five minutes better than runner-up Peter Jacobs of Sydney, Australia (9:06:47). Yastrebov's performance was capped by an amazing 3:05.26 marathon. He had this to say:

"It was good weather for me," Yastrebov said of the temperatures that hovered in the low 90s. "It was hot, but I like it. The heat is my (type of) weather. The heat, I didn't feel it at all."

Andy Meehan, a fellow UW Law student was the top local male finishing 40th overall in 10:39.18.

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