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Weiss & Wurtele Win Inaugural Ironman St. George

imstgeorgelogo_special.jpgMichael Weiss of Austria & Heather Wurtele of Canada win today's inaugural running of Ironman St. George. Both conquered the aggressive course St. George, Utah had to offer to finish well ahead of their competition Ben Hoffman and Meredith Kessler. They both took control of their race during the bike leg and held strong on the challenging run course for the victories today. Weiss finishes the course in a time of 8:40:08 and Wurtele in a time of 9:35:25.

Weiss win's his first Ironman Title and becomes the first Austrian to win and Ironman event. Wurtele's pre-race training in St. George pays off as she win's her second Ironman Title of her career.

2010 Ironman St. George Results:

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:40:08
Heather Wurtele (CAN) 9:35:25
Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:52:54
Meredith Kessler (USA) 9:46:58
Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:54:42
Caitlin Snow (USA) 10:07:26
Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) 8:58:19
Gina Crawford (NZL) 10:11:50
Clemens Coenen (GER) 9:02:13
Kathleen Pallardy (USA) 10:20:45
Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 9:09:43
Terra Castro (USA) 10:33:57
Sergio Marques (POR) 9:11:09
Miranda Alldritt (CAN) 10:40:59
Christian Brader (GER) 9:14:41
Jocelyn Wong (USA) 11:04:28
Jozsef Major (HUN) 9:16:03
Molly Hummel (USA) 11:28:31
Alex McDonald (USA) 9:21:58
Inge Vancauwenberghe (BEL) 11:30:45

Ben Hoffman had a good day, coming into T2 behind Weiss and holding strong on the run to stay ahead of the competition for a second place finish in only his their Ironman race. Meredith Kessler in only her second Ironman race as a pro finishes in second place today.

Notable DNF's today include Luke Bell who was the first out of the water today and lead during the initial 35 miles of the bike and who was still in the mix well into then run. Kate Major who worked her way up to second place on the bike and was in third on the run stopped at one of the aid stations and was then put on a stretcher. We hope she's OK.

The day started off chilly for the more than 2,100 athletes taking on today's Ironman challenge. Their dip in Sand Hollow Reservoir just outside of St. George was cold as well, with the temp being reported at 59 degrees. Mother Nature rewarded athletes with a nice day after a chilly start with sunny skies and no real wind during the initial hours of the race. Over 700 first-timers signed up for today's race.

We won't know until later how the challenging bike and run courses affected athletes today. So far it's been reported that many people didn't make the bike course cut-off.

Additional race coverage and athlete tracking:
- 2010 Ironman St. George Coverage and Athlete Tracker [via Ironman.com]
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