Over 2,200 athletes ranging in age from 18 to 79 entered Lake Woodlands at the second edition of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas. Top professionals Jordan Rapp (USA) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA) celebrated victories, crossing the finish line in 8:10:44 and 8:54:58, respectively.
Hundreds of spectators roared as athletes began a 2.4-mile swim in ideal conditions. Joe Umphenour (USA) exited the water first followed closely by Brandon Marsh (USA) and Rasmus Henning (DNK). A strong group of professionals powered through the rolling hills of the bike course but ultimately, Mathias Hecht (CHE) would lead into T2, setting a new bike course record of 4:18:17. The race would come down to Rapp, who overcame the challenging Texas heat and humidity, taking the lead at mile 14 of the run and never looking back. The Thousand Oaks, Calif. native ran a 2:46:56 run-split on his way to a fourth IRONMAN title, winning the 2012 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas.
Top five professional men’s results are below:
1. Jordan Rapp USA 8:10:44
2. Justin Daerr USA 8:22:15
3. Mathias Hecht CHE 8:22:58
4. Jozsef Major USA 8:27:19
5. Brandon Marsh USA 8:30:18
After swimming with the lead male contenders, Mary Beth Ellis (USA) exited the water first and led a solid pack of four female professionals, including Tami Ritchie (USA), Amy Marsh (USA) and Sandra Soldan (BRA), into T1. Marsh, followed by Ellis, would be tested throughout the 112-mile bike course but the two were able to widen the gap as they headed into T2. Known for her running abilities, Ellis would make her move at the beginning of the run and never relinquish the lead, setting a new course record and also capturing her fourth title with a time of 8:54:58.
Top five professional women’s results are below:
1. Mary Beth Ellis USA 8:54:58
2. Caitlin Snow USA 9:01:32
3. Amy Marsh USA 9:04:00
4. Corinne Abraham GBR 9:18:39
5. Charisa Wernick USA 9:27:43
One of nearly 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilized a variety of the Woodlands and its surrounding areas. The point-to-point swim took place in Lake Woodlands and the bike course took participants through the scenic, rolling farmland of east Texas, finishing with a run entirely within The Woodlands. Offering a professional prize purse of $75,000, the race also awarded a total of 50 slots for the 2012 Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.