Ironman Arizona Update
Despite unseasonably warm temperatures in Arizona's desert, nearly 1500 competitors finished Ironman Arizona. The winning professionals will get the headlines (Michael Lovato in a time of 8 hours and 20 minutes, and Michellie Jones in 9 hours and 11 minutes). But, it's the age groupers that provide the heart and soul of the event. For example:
- Lew Hollander, at the youthful age of 75, crossed the finish line in 15 hours and 53 minutes
- Scott Schraml, over the past 12 months, taught himself to swim, lost 30 pounds, and competed in this, his first triathlon ever to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis (his father and grandfather suffer from the disease). He finished the race and raised $12,000.00 for MS.
- Jordan Lynn, 18 years old, was the youngest competitor and finished in 11 hours and 26 minutes
- Todd Crandel, a recovering drug and alcohol addict, has been sober for 13 years since choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. This was his 11th Ironman race and he finished in 14 hours and 45 minutes
There are so many personal stories of triumph, it's what makes the sport of triathlon so special.