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Ironman Boulder 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This was only the second time that IM Boulder had Pros racing the course. The first time was in 2014 and apparently the course underwent a lot of changes since then. Even with that, the general conditions are comparable as the race is still held in June and at altitude. The bike course continues to be relatively fast (adjustment of 11:52), but overall the race was quite slow (adjustment of -4:27). This is caused by a very slow run course (adjustment -8:35, almost the same as in 2014) – probably the altitude makes this very hard to run fast and also causing a number of explosions.

As noted above the 2014 course was different from this year, but almost all “course records” were broken this year. Tim O’Donnell had the fastest times in all three legs and overall, he now holds all the male records. On the female side Heather Jackson has the new bike course record while Rachel Joyce took the run and overall records. The only time from 2014 that still stands is Laura Bennett’s swim time.

Male Race Results

There was never a doubt that Tim O’Donnell was out to win the race – he took the lead during the swim and was extending his lead all day with the fastest times in all three legs. What a dominating performance and a good indicator that Tim will be an athlete to reckon with in Kona.

2014 Champion Justin Darr was second across the line but after the race he was DQ’d for course cutting (even if unintentionally and by just a few hundred meters, see Justin’s blog for more details). Matt Chrabot with a good race across the board took second place, and Patrick Mckeon took the last podium spot in his first Pro Ironman race. Jarrod Shoemaker had the best relative performance of the day to finish in fourth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:49:20 04:24:25 02:53:55 08:13:30 -14:01 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Matt Chrabot USA 00:50:25 04:30:33 03:07:42 08:34:36 -09:05 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Patrick Mckeon USA 00:57:08 04:35:15 03:03:40 08:42:24 n/a US$ 5,000 1280
4 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:50:18 04:50:25 02:59:21 08:45:38 -27:07 US$ 3,250 960
5 Jozsef Major HUN 01:03:20 04:31:10 03:10:57 08:51:35 -06:04 US$ 2,750 720
6 Tripp Hipple USA 00:54:34 04:35:35 03:18:23 08:55:03 01:17 US$ 2,000 540
7 Sam Long USA 01:01:39 04:32:50 03:17:52 08:57:16 02:04 US$ 1,500 405
8 Colin Laughery USA 00:58:13 04:40:07 03:13:30 08:58:45 -18:43 US$ 1,250 305
9 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:03:15 04:45:22 03:12:00 09:09:32 00:55 US$ 1,000 230
 DQ Justin Daerr USA 00:54:05 04:30:57 02:57:13 DQ      
 DQ Leon Griffin AUS 00:52:14 04:34:43 03:11:56 DQ      
  Christopher Bagg USA 00:56:40 04:39:23   DNF      
  Tyler Butterfield BMU 00:54:04 04:51:17   DNF      
  Robert Wade IRL 00:59:32 04:48:45   DNF      
  Kennett Peterson USA 00:54:37     DNF      

Justin Daerr and Leon Griffin were DQ’d after the race for making one of the turns on the run course too early and missing a timing mat. Some more notes on Justin’s blog.

Female Race Results

As expected Kelly Williamson was first out of the water but then fell back on the bike, still finishing in fourth with a good marathon. Rachel Joyce was just a few seconds behind Kelly in T1 and took over the lead for most of the bike. Heather Jackson had the fastest bike ride and able to close the gap to Rachel. By T2 Heather had built a lead of three minutes, but Rachel refused to cede the race to her and slowly started to eat into the lead. When Rachel took the lead in the second half of the marathon she quickly created a gap and eventually won her return to Ironman racing by seven minutes. Heather finished in second place, more than 20 minutes ahead of 2014 winner Danielle Mack in third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Rachel Joyce GBR 00:54:59 04:56:09 03:16:01 09:13:32 05:00 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Heather Jackson USA 00:59:51 04:49:06 03:26:09 09:20:42 03:26 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Danielle Mack USA 01:04:46 05:11:02 03:20:24 09:42:16 -01:22 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Kelly Williamson USA 00:54:56 05:26:15 03:16:35 09:44:08 05:24 US$ 3,250 960
5 Uli Bromme USA 01:04:49 05:05:30 03:34:45 09:52:32 -00:32 US$ 2,750 720
6 Kimberly Goodell USA 01:04:48 05:25:53 03:36:00 10:13:34 n/a US$ 2,000 540
7 Carla Schubiger SUI 01:04:43 05:27:29 03:43:29 10:22:59 n/a US$ 1,500 405
8 Maggie Rusch USA 01:07:37 05:26:51 03:55:33 10:36:36 19:24 US$ 1,250 305
9 Kate Bruck USA 01:04:32 05:42:19 03:59:03 10:54:20 21:47 US$ 1,000 230
  Amy Vantassel USA 01:11:51 05:56:36   DNF      

Kona Qualifying Implications

There are not too many changes for Kona Qualifying: Only Heather Jackson and Tim O’Donnell are now safe for a July slot – after their great results in Kona they just needed a validation finish.

Ironman Boulder 2017 (June 11th) – Seedings

IMBoulder

Previous Winners

After the initial race of 2014, IM Boulder was no longer a Pro race. The race continued as an agegroup-only race in 2015 and 2016. This year a Pro division is added back again.

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2014 Justin Daerr (USA) 08:20:26 Danielle Mack (USA) 09:19:54

TOP 3 from Last Race

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Justin Daerr USA 00:53:21 04:24:54 02:56:41 08:20:26
2 Richie Cunningham AUS 00:50:28 04:24:47 03:09:56 08:30:38
3 Scott Defilippis USA 00:57:27 04:47:48 03:02:48 08:54:19

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Danielle Mack USA 01:03:53 04:52:56 03:16:42 09:19:54
2 Laura Bennett USA 00:54:02 04:59:29 03:44:31 09:43:59
3 Christine Hammond USA 00:55:38 05:09:33 03:41:44 09:53:04

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 08:20:26 Justin Daerr 2014-08-03
Swim overall 00:50:28 Richie Cunningham 2014-08-03
Bike overall 04:24:47 Richie Cunningham 2014-08-03
Run overall 02:56:41 Justin Daerr 2014-08-03
Total female 09:19:54 Danielle Mack 2014-08-03
Swim female 00:54:02 Laura Bennett 2014-08-03
Bike female 04:52:56 Danielle Mack 2014-08-03
Run female 03:16:42 Danielle Mack 2014-08-03

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Boulder is – 01:54.

Race Adjustments for IM Boulder

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2014 -01:54 -00:35 17:17 -08:46 13 of 16 -01:54 -00:35 17:17 -08:46

KPR points and Prize Money

IM Boulder is a P-2000 race. It has a total prize purse of 80.000 US$.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 10% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 2 Timothy O’Donnell USA 08:20:30 08:23:27 00:48:51 04:21:40 05:15:31 03:04:59 15% +52% -34% (14) 13
2 4 Tyler Butterfield BMU 08:27:04 08:31:23 00:50:06 04:23:05 05:18:11 03:08:53 37% +32% -30% (14) 35
3 7 Leon Griffin AUS 08:27:10 08:41:14 00:49:55 04:26:22 05:21:17 03:05:53 5% +56% -39% (8) 75
4 3 Tim Don GBR 08:29:17 08:32:43 00:49:11 04:29:22 05:23:34 03:05:43 64% +0% -36% (4) (41)
5 6 Matt Chrabot USA 08:31:54 08:44:38 00:49:48 04:28:37 05:23:25 03:08:29 8% +34% -58% (5) (84)
6 1 Justin Daerr USA 08:36:37 08:42:47 00:53:53 04:31:59 05:30:52 03:05:45 71% +7% -22% (30) 78
7 8 Jozsef Major HUN 08:48:50 08:53:16 01:01:01 04:34:09 05:40:10 03:08:40 61% +24% -16% (32) 109
8 17 Tripp Hipple USA 08:53:52 09:05:23 00:55:25 04:35:20 05:35:45 03:18:07 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (158)
9 19 Sam Long USA 08:55:18 09:06:51 00:57:05 04:30:05 05:32:11 03:23:07 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (161)
10 5 Patrick Evoe USA 08:58:49 09:00:50 00:57:20 04:34:14 05:36:34 03:22:15 77% +4% -20% (25) 143
11 14 Christopher Bagg USA 09:02:59 09:28:59 00:55:33 04:39:56 05:40:29 03:22:30 5% +21% -74% (14) (226)
12 10 Mike Schifferle SUI 09:05:39 09:04:05 01:02:14 04:39:33 05:46:47 03:18:52 86% +12% -2% (62) 154
13 12 Steven Zawaski USA 09:05:49 09:42:34 00:59:02 04:44:38 05:48:40 03:17:09 46% +0% -54% (2) (250)
14 13 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 09:09:10 09:19:27 00:49:02 04:57:02 05:51:04 03:18:06 45% +55% -0% (2) (197)
15 18 Colin Laughery USA 09:13:26 09:18:33 00:58:27 04:43:19 05:46:46 03:26:40 76% +24% -0% (6) 194
16 9 Bryan Rhodes NZL 09:20:09 09:23:44 00:49:02 04:47:54 05:41:56 03:38:13 12% +3% -85% (29) 203
17 16 Ivan Dominguez USA 10:15:34 10:28:51 00:56:39 05:00:26 06:02:05 04:13:29 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (293)
18 15 Max Biessmann USA 10:16:34 10:29:52 00:53:51 04:48:33 05:47:24 04:29:10 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (294)
11 Robert Wade IRL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
20 Patrick Mckeon USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
21 Kennett Peterson USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 9% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 28 Rachel Joyce GBR 09:05:36 09:03:58 00:53:30 04:50:15 05:48:45 03:16:51 68% +32% -0% (17) (3)
2 27 Heather Jackson USA 09:12:57 09:12:39 01:00:17 04:49:44 05:55:01 03:17:56 59% +29% -13% (6) 4
3 26 Danielle Mack USA 09:33:01 09:50:28 01:03:57 05:03:56 06:12:52 03:20:09 40% +15% -45% (9) 61
4 29 Kelly Williamson USA 09:34:49 09:33:55 00:55:40 05:19:54 06:20:34 03:14:15 87% +7% -6% (14) 34
5 36 Darbi Roberts USA 09:47:59 09:54:59 00:55:42 05:10:15 06:10:57 03:37:02 50% +0% -50% (8) 68
6 30 Uli Bromme USA 09:50:42 09:48:11 01:04:55 05:00:46 06:10:41 03:40:01 35% +38% -27% (14) (55)
7 34 Mackenzie Madison USA 09:53:59 10:03:03 01:01:38 05:06:53 06:13:30 03:40:29 35% +7% -58% (13) 78
8 37 Maggie Rusch USA 10:10:24 10:30:30 01:03:15 05:14:26 06:22:41 03:47:43 31% +20% -49% (5) (132)
9 35 Ashley Paulson USA 10:12:14 10:20:16 01:14:59 05:23:18 06:43:17 03:28:57 69% +0% -31% (4) 112
10 32 Kate Bruck USA 10:25:37 10:33:25 01:05:21 05:30:06 06:40:27 03:45:10 60% +0% -40% (4) 138
11 31 Sarah Bay USA 10:32:41 10:46:21 01:10:07 05:23:11 06:38:18 03:54:23 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (146)
12 39 Amy Vantassel USA 10:52:58 11:13:43 01:12:39 05:43:45 07:01:24 03:51:34 47% +0% -53% (2) (151)
33 Kimberly Goodell USA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
38 Carla Schubiger SUI n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Timothy O’Donnell: 37% (2-1)
  • Tyler Butterfield: 21% (4-1)
  • Tim Don: 12% (7-1)
  • Leon Griffin: 11% (8-1)
  • Justin Daerr: 11% (8-1)
  • Matt Chrabot: 6% (16-1)

Female Race Participants

Statistically, Rachel Joyce may be the clear favorite, but this does not take into account that IM Boulder will be her first IM after having baby Archie. (Her last IM before was her second place finish at IM Hawaii 2015.) Even with Rachel’s results in her prep 70.3s, Heather Jackson must be considered the “real” favorite for this race.

  • Rachel Joyce: 71% (1-1)
  • Heather Jackson: 23% (3-1)
  • Danielle Mack: 3% (35-1)
  • Kelly Williamson: 2% (44-1)

Ironman Boulder (June 11th) – Entry List

After a two-year break, IM Boulder is again contested with a Pro field. The race seems to be a popular choice for a lot of local (or at least US-based) athletes as a validation race (Heather Jackson or Tim O’Donnell) or backup race (Tim Don who is on the start list for IM Brasil two weeks before). But it is also a popular choice as an “A Race”, for example Rachel Joyce has chose Boulder as her comeback race on the full distance.

Male Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Timothy O’Donnell USA 5525 1+2 (4725/400)
Tyler Butterfield BMU 4040 1+2 (2890/435)
Tim Don GBR 2515 0+2 (0/920)
Chris Leiferman USA 2420 1+2 (1280/500)
Leon Griffin AUS 2025 1+2 (1335/345)
Patrick Evoe USA 1828 2+1
Justin Daerr USA 825 1+2 (720/30)
Jozsef Major HUN 810 2+0
Matt Chrabot USA 665 0+2 (0/25)
Mike Schifferle SUI 525 2+0
Kennett Peterson USA 255 0+2 (0/115)
Colin Laughery USA 248 3+0 (3/0)
Sam Long USA 165 1+2 (30/35)
Tripp Hipple USA 160 1+2 (60/45)
Jarrod Shoemaker USA 134 2+2 (5/1)
Patrick Mckeon USA 65 0+2 (0/15)
Christopher Bagg USA 35 0+1
Steven Zawaski USA 20 0+2 (0/10)
Max Biessmann USA 4 0+2 (0/1)
Robert Wade IRL 1 0+1

Female Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Heather Jackson USA 7415 1+2 (6480/435)
Darbi Roberts USA 2755 3+0 (215/0)
Danielle Mack USA 2170 2+0
Kelly Williamson USA 1980 2+2 (305/100)
Rachel Joyce GBR 1140 0+2 (0/220)
Jessica Jones Meyers USA 455 0+2 (0/135)
Mackenzie Madison USA 200 2+0
Uli Bromme USA 195 0+1
Maggie Rusch USA 65 0+2 (0/30)
Amy Vantassel USA 30 0+1
Sarah Bay USA 8 1+1
Kate Bruck USA    
Carla Schubiger SUI    

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