Ironman Canada 2011 Pro Start List and Race Preview

(2011 Race report and results)

2009 Subaru Ironman Canada champion Jordan Rapp, whose injury kept him out of last year’s race, looks to reclaim his title on Sunday, August 28th in the 29th Annual Subaru Ironman Canada triathlon. It will not be an easy task, as last year’s champion, Viktor Zyemtsev, would prefer an ending more in his favour. To add a further twist to the plot, Rapp and Zyemtsev have to contend with 2008 Champion Bryan Rhodes and 2006 Champion Jasper Blake.

On the women’s side of the event, last year’s winner Meredith Kessler will race to add a second Subaru Ironman Canada championship to her growing list of accomplishments.

Zyemtsev, the Ukrainian native, has a total of 8 Ironman wins to his credit. He is the reigning Subaru Ironman Canada champion and a three-time Ironman Austria champion, posting impressive times in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 editions. Zyemtsev added wins at Ford Coeur d’Alene in 2005 and 2007, took the 2006 Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid title and has recently ventured into the half-Ironman distance with a 2010 win in Florida.

Not to be outdone, before his 2010 injury the younger Rapp was writing an impressive resume of his own. In addition to the 2009 Subaru Ironman Canada victory, Rapp set course records in the 2009 editions of Ford Ironman Arizona and the Vancouver International.

Always a threat is Blake, who lives and trains in Victoria, BC. He was the 2006 Subaru Ironman Canada Champion and has been one of the top four finishers three other times here since 2004.

The men’s field also features two multiple Ironman champions, Rhodes and Jason Shortis. New Zealander Rhodes has won Ironman titles four times, including his aforementioned Penticton win in 2008. Shortis of Australia has won five Ironman titles and recently placed third at the 2011 Ford Ironman Lake Placid.

Last year’s female champion Kessler aims to continue her stellar 2010 triathlon campaign, which also had her place second in both Ford Ironman St. George and Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Others to watch in the women’s pro field include MacKenzie Madison, who placed third in this event last year; Sara Gross, competing in her seventh Subaru Ironman Canada event, has 5th, 4th, and 2nd place Penticton finishes to her name; and Mary Beth Ellis, a perennial half-Ironman podium finisher.

The 29th edition of the Subaru Ironman Canada triathlon will take place in Penticton, BC and the Okanagan Valley. Athletes will be competing for a $75,000 pro prize and 65 age group qualifying spots for the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 

Race website for full details

NO. ATHLETE AGE DIV COUNTRY
20 CHRISTOPHER BAIRD 23 MPRO USA
27 PAUL ATTARD 27 MPRO AUS
5 JASPER BLAKE 38 MPRO CAN
7 KYLE MARCOTTE 34 MPRO CAN
15 SCOTT TREMBLAY 38 MPRO CAN
13 PAUL TICHELAAR 29 MPRO CAN
16 ANTHONY TOTH 31 MPRO CAN
26 MATTHEW RUSSELL 28 MPRO USA
17 MATHIEU O’HALLORAN 25 MPRO CAN
24 RYAN CAIN 30 MPRO CAN
18 DALLAS CAIN 33 MPRO CAN
1 VIKTOR ZYEMTSEV 38 MPRO UKR
4 JORDAN RAPP 31 MPRO CAN
6 JASON SHORTIS 41 MPRO AUS
21 TREVOR DELSAUT 27 MPRO FRA
25 NIGEL GRAY 41 MPRO CAN
11 SCOTT CURRY 36 MPRO CAN
3 CHRISTIAN BRADER 0 MPRO CAN
23 JUAN CARLOS RAMIREZ 37 MPRO MEX
22 HIROYUKI NISHIUCHI 36 MPRO JPN
12 TORSTEN ABEL 37 MPRO USA
2 BRYAN RHODES 38 MPRO NZL
10 BERT JAMMAER 31 MPRO BEL
19 MIKE NEILL 39 MPRO CAN
8 CHRISTOPHER BAGG 32 MPRO USA
3236 RYAN CAIN 37 MPRO CAN
9 TREVOR WURTELE 32 MPRO CAN
29 ADAM O’MEARA 29 MPRO CAN
28 SIMON BILLEAU 29 MPRO FRA
 
NO. ATHLETE AGE DIV COUNTRY
32 MACKENZIE MADISON 25 WPRO USA
31 MEREDITH KESSLER 33 WPRO USA
38 RACHEL KIERS 31 WPRO CAN
43 FIONA WHITBY 39 WPRO CAN
40 LAUREN HARRISON 34 WPRO USA
46 EMI SHIONO 31 WPRO JPN
35 KIM LOEFFLER 39 WPRO USA
39 MIRANDA ALLDRITT 34 WPRO CAN
41 MAKI NISHIUCHI 36 WPRO JPN
44 TARA NORTON 40 WPRO CAN
45 FERNANDA KELLER 48 WPRO BRA
42 JACQUI GORDON 38 WPRO USA
47 KELZIE BEEBE 29 WPRO USA
33 ULI BROMME 30 WPRO USA
37 HALEY COOPER-SCOTT 31 WPRO USA
34 MARY ELLIS 34 WPRO USA
36 SARA GROSS 35 WPRO CAN

 

 

Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.