Schildknecht and Jacobs Set New Course Records at IronMan Florida!
November 5, 2011 – IronMan Florida in Panama City Beach is an awesome event. Nearly 3,000 athletes from across the globe compete in this late season IronMan consisting of a 2.4 mile swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 112 bike and a 26.2 mile run. IronMan has become a yearly event for our family as many of our friends compete in this event. It is a great race to watch as the sunrises over the beach for the early morning start and the eventual sunset over the gulf as the race continues through the evening.
Last year’s champion, Jessica Jacobs was back to defend her title, and proved to be the strongest women of the day shattering the course record with a finishing time of 8:55:10. Jacobs was second heading into the T2 trailing Bree Wee by 4 minutes. Jacobs took over the race lead around the four mile mark and set a very fast pace. Half way through her marathon she had over a ten minute lead over second place.
The women’s top 10:
1. Jessica Jacobs (Green Bay, WI) – 8:55:10
2. Mackenzie Madison (Eugene, OR) – 9:10:21
3. Sofie Groos (Belgium) – 9:22:21
4. Kim Loeffler (Colchester, VT) – 9:29:07
5. Stephanie Jones (Dulles, VA) – 9:33:45
6. Bree Wee (Kailua-Kona, HI) – 9:34:4
7. Heidi Jesberger (Germany) – 9:37:08
8. Eimear Mullan (Ireland) – 9:41:58
9. Rachel Wigton (Jamestown, RI) – 9:57:22*
10. Licia Oliveira (Brazil) – 10:05:03*
*denotes competing as an age-group athlete.
Ronnie Schildknecht of Switzerland shatter the IronMan Florida course record with a 7:59:42. His winning time is the only sub 8 hour IronMan in a North American race. His bike split was 4:19:37 which is a blazing fast 25.85 average speed for 112 miles.
The men’s top 10:
1. Ronnie Schildknecht (Switzerland) – 7:59:42
2. Maxim Kriat (Clermont, FL/Ukraine) – 8:10:43
3. Justin Daerr (Boulder, CO) – 8:18:02
4. Mads Vittrup (Denmark) – 8:21:31
5. Frank Vytrisal (Germany) – 8:21:48
6. Eduardo Sturla (Brazil) – 8:23:08
7. Christopher Bastie (France) – 8:24:32
8. Scott Defilippis (Normandy Beach, NJ) – 8:27:13
9. James Bonney (Austin, TX) – 8:29:56
10. Felix Schumann (Germany) – 8:35:08
Panama City locals had some impressive times with David Shearon finishing at a blazing fast 9:45:31 and placing 5th overall in his division. John Hensz, US Air Force, finished in 10:05:41 and placing 11th in a very competitive division.