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Denmark's Rasmus Henning to Retire After Hawaii


Denmark's Rasmus Henning has announced that this years upcoming Ironman World Championship race in Kona will be his final race of his professional triathlon career. This will be the end of a pro career that has lasted for 13 years amongst the World's best triathletes in both ITU and long distance racing.

In Olympic Distance racing he was European champion in 2004 and has 5 world cup titles and numerous podiums to his credit. Most significant are the two wins in the highly contested Hy-Vee races in Des Moines in 2007 and 2008. He is also a double Olympian with two top-8 finishes - 7th in Athens 2004 and 8th in Beijing 2008. Henning has won several iron distance titles and in 2010 he raced in the 5th fastest iron distance time ever (now 7th fastest) at Challenge Roth hitting the finish line in 7:52:36 with a very impressive marathon of 2:39. In March 2012 he won the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon after another splendid run performance.

"This is a decision that has grown on me during this season and was finally decided within the last weeks since we returned to Denmark this summer after almost two years living at the sports resort Playitas on the Canary Island Fuerteventura. I have been in elite sports for 25 years and have enjoyed much success and I have drawn great experiences from this sport I love. But everything has a price and these past few years I have too often had to let down primarily my family in order to pursue my own goals as an athlete. Now feels like the right time to say goodbye to this beautiful sport on the highest level. I have had a great season with three wins, among them a great win in Abu Dhabi in March, plus wins in the Half Challenge Fuerteventura and Ironman 70.3 Calgary. Few things have eluded me in my career that for me has been a fantastic ride since turning professional in 2000. Of course I would have liked to win an Olympic medal and I gave it two shots resulting in a 7th and 8th place in 2004 and 2008. A podium in Hawaii has been a dream since the 2009 season, but I have yet to break the Kona code and will give it one last try this October," Rasmus Henning says.

"The last few years I have felt how my body has begun to struggle with the hard work I've put it through and I have had a lot of problems with my feet and knees the last seasons. It makes you think about the future and that you want to be able to plays sports with friends and family and also be active for the rest of your life, and for me it does not make sense anymore to ignore the signals from my body. You can accept a certain amount of pain and physical problems as a pro athlete in the pursuit of your dreams but I want to stay healthy after my career too. The balance is just not right anymore."

"I have chosen to announce my retirement now to be able to enjoy the last race in my beloved sport and on center stage without having to make excuses or finding out ways not to answer questions on what's next. I know the majority of the athletes I have raced over the years will be in Kona and this announcement gives me the possibility to the say goodbye and thank you to the sport in a good way."

Career Highlights:

  • • Winner Challenge Roth 2010 in 5th fastest ironman ever: 7:52:36
  • • Winner, Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2012, course record
  • • 5th in Ironman Hawaii debut 2009
  • • ITU European Long Course Champion 2009
  • • Winner Ironman China 2009
  • • Silver ITU World Championships 2001
  • • Winner in iron distance race debut in Fredericia, Danish championships in 2000
  • • 2004 European Champion
  • • 5 world cup titles, including Hy-Vee wins in 2007 and 2008
  • • 8th in Beijing Olympics 2008
  • • 7th in Athens Olympics 2004
  • • Multiple European Cup winner

Rasmus Henning will still have a large connection to the sport of triathlon after he stops racing.

"I have started a company called Tri Nordic. It is partly a triathlon community with training sessions and seminars, camps and lectures while the other part will be distributing high end triathlon products in the Nordic countries. The key word in everything we do in Tri Nordic is quality," Rasmus Henning says.

Read more about what Rasmus has to say about his retirement on his blog.
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- Henning's New Book "PRO Chasing the Dream" Available in English