Ironman Chattanooga 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

The main feature of the course in Chattanooga is the very fast swim. While it was maybe five minutes slower than last year, it was still about 10 minutes quicker than a typical IM swim. In Chattanooga’s second year, we saw a new male bike and course record by winner Krill Kotshegarov and new female run course record by Lisa Ribes. 

Male Race Results

The male race saw the top three finishers enter the finish chute together – the race was decided in a three-way sprint between Krill Kotshegarov, Matt Chrabot and Stefan Schmidt, all of them finishing within 8 seconds!

This close finish lead to a short discussion on Twitter about the closest races – here’s the consensus:

  • 1-2: 1 second between Pauli Kiuru and Ken Glah at Ironman New Zealand 1990
  • 1-3: 8 seconds between Krill Kotshegarov, Matt Chrabot and Stefan Schmidt at IM Chattanooga 2015,
    was 41 seconds between Chuckie Veylupek, Shingo Tani and Bryan Rhodes at IM Canada 1999
  • 1-4: 73 seconds between Jozsef Major, TJ Tollakson, Jordan Rapp and James Bonney at IM Arizona April 2008
    (closely missing the old 1-3 record as the difference at Arizona was 45 seconds) 
Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Kirill Kotshegarov EST 00:44:51 04:27:37 02:50:53 08:08:32 -21:41 US$ 20000
2 Matt Chrabot USA 00:40:56 04:31:19 02:51:05 08:08:34 -20:03 US$ 10000
3 Stefan Schmid GER 00:44:25 04:27:31 02:51:05 08:08:40 -22:03 US$ 6500
4 Eric Limkemann USA 00:40:52 04:29:51 02:57:41 08:12:59 -19:17 US$ 4000
5 Esben Hovgaard DEN 00:44:54 04:31:57 02:54:03 08:15:56 -20:11 US$ 3000
6 Trevor Wurtele CAN 00:44:38 04:31:48 02:56:29 08:18:06 -17:49 US$ 2000
7 Matthew Russell USA 00:48:55 04:33:42 02:51:45 08:20:37 -17:03 US$ 1500
8 Darby Thomas FIN 00:49:09 04:34:24 02:53:32 08:21:44 -13:38 US$ 1250
9 TJ Tollakson USA 00:42:46 04:29:39 03:04:24 08:21:48 -03:01 US$ 1000
10 Thomas Gerlach USA 00:44:40 04:32:04 03:00:33 08:21:54 -23:28 US$ 750
11 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:44:16 04:27:48 03:09:03 08:26:42 -24:39  
12 Scott Defilippis USA 00:48:03 04:46:33 02:49:08 08:28:50 -26:45  
13 Ben Collins USA 00:42:25 04:38:24 03:03:05 08:29:51 n/a  
14 Balazs Csoke HUN 00:40:48 04:45:37 03:06:29 08:38:00 -08:47  
15 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:49:16 04:38:28 03:02:22 08:38:20 -09:12  
16 Raymond Botelho USA 00:45:14 04:35:42 03:20:04 08:47:08 -28:03  
17 Todd Israel AUS 00:44:19 04:53:22 03:05:11 08:48:40 08:23  
18 Matthew Curbeau USA 00:46:28 04:39:11 03:16:37 08:49:08 -10:15  
19 Jozsef Major HUN 00:49:00 04:38:47 03:15:41 08:49:24 11:45  
20 Greg Close USA 00:49:04 04:50:32 03:04:56 08:49:43 -09:47  
21 Chad Holderbaum USA 00:44:51 04:43:41 03:16:14 08:50:00 -04:46  
22 Nathan Buttrick USA 00:49:17 04:43:14 03:16:19 08:54:32 -04:21  
23 Douglas MacLean USA 00:48:05 05:00:39 03:00:15 08:54:59 -11:52  
24 Michael Starkey USA 00:49:53 04:52:54 03:07:06 08:55:16 -19:03  
25 Colin Laughery USA 00:48:56 04:53:17 03:08:53 08:57:17 n/a  
26 Scott Bradley USA 00:51:52 04:47:36 03:17:52 09:02:31 -14:14  
27 Ryan Rau USA 00:49:12 04:58:52 03:18:13 09:12:56 13:40  
28 Patrick Schuster USA 00:51:35 04:54:21 03:22:35 09:14:27 -09:20  
29 James Lubinski USA 00:55:40 04:50:24 03:22:43 09:15:02 05:07  
30 Peter Kotland CZE 00:49:18 04:53:04 03:30:18 09:18:38 -20:25  
31 Travis Hawkins USA 00:51:10 05:01:44 03:25:47 09:25:10 04:41  
32 Steve Rosinski USA 00:49:07 04:49:42 03:42:42 09:26:39 11:30  
33 Adam O’Meara CAN 00:44:23 05:03:44 03:47:53 09:42:42 33:24  
34 James Minnema USA 00:51:55 05:05:58 03:37:36 09:43:15 -26:45  
35 Jonathan Fecik USA 00:46:27 04:40:36 04:19:45 09:52:03 34:09  
36 Karl Bordine USA 00:49:11 04:42:26 04:21:04 09:58:48 n/a  
  Jonathan Shearon USA 00:45:11 04:35:51   DNF  
  Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:44:48 04:43:17   DNF  
  Raul Furtado BRA 00:46:31 04:41:53   DNF  
  Mike Hermanson USA 00:45:11 04:43:27   DNF  
  Alberto Casadei ITA 00:40:58 04:58:50   DNF  
  Elmar Heger GER 00:45:15 04:57:55   DNF  
  Bryan Rhodes NZL 00:42:21 05:00:57   DNF  
  Patrick Brady USA 00:57:45 05:14:29   DNF  
  James Lamastra USA 00:44:43     DNF  

Female Race Results

Carrie Lester was leading from pretty early on the bike, she won the race by more than 30 minutes and almost broke Angela Naeth’s course record from last year. Behind her was a close group of three athletes within a few strides for a long time. Eventually Lisa Roberts had the strongest marathon for second place, while Kim Schwabenbauer finished third. Bree Wee was fighting for a podium spot for the longest time, she finished fifth after being overtaken by Biance Steurer close to the finish. 

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Carrie Lester AUS 00:44:35 05:01:16 03:05:05 08:56:00 -23:48 US$ 20000
2 Lisa Roberts USA 00:51:50 05:10:29 03:01:04 09:08:46 -09:16 US$ 10000
3 Kim Schwabenbauer USA 00:48:50 05:11:55 03:08:28 09:14:11 -10:26 US$ 6500
4 Bianca Steurer AUT 00:47:03 05:15:29 03:10:05 09:18:17 -24:35 US$ 4000
5 Bree Wee USA 00:45:45 05:07:01 03:20:04 09:19:41 -09:02 US$ 3000
6 Kristin Moeller GER 00:52:02 05:22:41 03:01:15 09:21:37 03:32 US$ 2000
7 Kelly Fillnow USA 00:51:47 05:11:38 03:14:55 09:23:09 -28:52 US$ 1500
8 Kirsty Jahn CAN 00:49:47 05:19:55 03:09:25 09:24:40 n/a US$ 1250
9 Karina Ottosen DEN 00:48:48 05:12:06 03:22:22 09:28:02 -28:46 US$ 1000
10 Sofie Goos BEL 00:48:50 05:12:42 03:25:17 09:31:52 12:38 US$ 750
11 Tamara Kozulina UKR 00:51:43 05:18:53 03:22:34 09:38:51 08:03  
12 Maggie Rusch USA 00:50:24 05:19:40 03:25:53 09:41:22 -23:46  
13 Tami Ritchie USA 00:44:37 05:36:13 03:17:03 09:43:50 -32:19  
14 Christina Jackson USA 00:42:56 05:12:42 03:44:44 09:45:40 05:46  
15 Kate Bruck USA 00:51:38 05:28:22 03:23:42 09:51:31 -16:35  
16 Alyssa Godesky USA 00:48:53 05:31:28 03:26:43 09:52:41 -10:12  
17 Amy Javens USA 00:57:05 05:15:12 03:36:56 09:54:59 -08:04  
18 Katy Blakemore USA 00:44:27 05:36:06 03:30:12 09:56:18 34:10  
19 Beth Shutt USA 00:50:06 05:10:41 03:50:16 09:56:48 19:38  
20 Sarah Graves USA 00:57:35 05:33:04 03:24:52 10:02:07 13:09  
21 Neilia Bliss USA 00:51:52 05:31:15 03:36:34 10:06:38 n/a  
22 Christine Avelar USA 00:45:42 05:29:29 03:56:48 10:19:34 n/a  
23 Erin Furness NZL 00:51:45 05:35:39 03:47:42 10:21:00 23:47  
24 Erin Spitler USA 00:51:45 05:21:25 04:04:41 10:22:47 21:48  
25 Richele Frank CAN 00:59:43 05:23:04 03:51:38 10:23:38 n/a  
26 Ali Black USA 00:51:54 05:27:41 04:08:28 10:34:25 16:59  
27 Katy Carguilo USA 00:49:56 06:02:59 03:35:42 10:36:52 n/a  
28 Kaitlin Anelauskas USA 00:47:01 05:48:28 03:57:16 10:41:10 1:05:20  
29 Maria Lopez USA 00:59:15 05:41:59 04:22:10 11:09:52 n/a  
  Anna Cleaver NZL 00:42:49 05:10:46   DNF  
  Mackenzie Madison USA 00:49:02 05:12:51   DNF  
  Darbi Roberts USA 00:44:28 05:27:29   DNF  
  April Gellatly USA 00:45:43 05:26:34   DNF  
  Caroline Gregory USA 00:46:59 05:33:02   DNF  
  Carla Moreno BRA 00:45:19 05:38:14   DNF  
  Kathryn Thomas USA 00:44:29 05:42:55   DNF  
  Heather Leiggi USA 00:51:47     DNF  

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