Ironman Boulder 2018 – Analyzing Results

IMBoulderCourse Conditions

A lot was said before the race about the heat in Boulder and how that will make racing really hard. But this didn’t affect the Pro race, this year’s adjustment of 7:52 was about 12 minutes quicker than last year. Part of this is from good conditions, another part from the changes in the bike and run course. As is typical for the course in Boulder, the bike was really fast but the run really slow (only two sub-3 runs – in the whole Pro field!).

We also saw a few course records: Angela Naeth set a new bike course record (her 4:39:04 was ten minutes quicker than the old record from Heather Jackson). On the male side, we have a new overall course record by winner Chris Leiferman (8:07:55, more than five minutes faster than Tim O’Donnell last year) and a new bike course record by Sam Long (his 4:09 was 15 minutes quicker than TO’s old record).

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Chris Leiferman USA 00:54:34 04:09:55 02:59:02 08:07:55 -01:38 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Joe Gambles AUS 00:49:55 04:17:40 03:00:46 08:13:16 -07:55 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Patrick Mckeon USA 00:54:37 04:21:55 02:58:42 08:20:48 -05:10 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Kevin Collington USA 00:49:50 04:23:41 03:08:33 08:26:16 01:58 US$ 2,500 960
5 Sam Long USA 00:55:11 04:09:49 03:20:54 08:29:56 -14:50 US$ 1,500 720
6 Jonathan Shearon USA 00:54:40 04:13:26 03:20:55 08:34:31 01:16 US$ 1,000 540
7 Justin Daerr USA 00:54:31 04:28:04 03:11:27 08:39:30 05:20 405
8 Steve Mantell USA 00:54:40 04:33:38 03:04:52 08:40:11 n/a 305
9 AJ Baucco USA 00:53:24 04:39:42 03:22:44 09:00:49 03:12 230
10 Douglas MacLean USA 01:01:58 04:42:17 03:13:47 09:04:20 -05:05 170
11 Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:54:37 04:50:51 03:13:42 09:04:53 31:32 120
12 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:02:01 04:32:07 03:31:30 09:13:18 07:35 85
13 Justin Metzler USA 00:49:52 04:32:55 03:50:51 09:18:13 n/a 60
14 Chris McDonald AUS 00:55:13 04:50:18 04:20:30 10:11:23 1:31:32 40
15 Jonathan Fecik USA 00:58:04 04:42:05 04:42:09 10:28:44 1:08:37 30
16 Brian Folts USA 01:03:00 05:01:13 04:44:20 10:55:44 n/a 20
17 Steven Zawaski USA 00:54:31 04:30:09 05:40:49 11:10:56 1:49:36 15
Kennett Peterson USA 00:54:32 04:21:41 DNF
Colin Laughery USA 00:59:08 04:33:29 DNF
Robbie Wade IRL 00:55:52 04:37:45 DNF
Chris Schroeder USA 00:54:30 DNF
Paul Ambrose AUS 00:54:31 DNF
Rob Chalfant USA 00:59:09 DNF
Jason Pohl CAN 01:03:34 DNF

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Kirsty Jahn CAN 01:00:25 04:47:31 03:21:59 09:16:12 04:41 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Katy Evans USA 00:54:29 04:55:18 03:24:41 09:19:20 -04:37 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Dede Griesbauer USA 00:54:34 04:44:21 03:51:25 09:36:55 -02:03 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Erin Green USA 01:00:29 05:06:22 03:35:44 09:49:18 -13:56 US$ 2,500 960
5 Kimberly Goodell USA 01:03:45 05:01:26 03:42:16 09:52:51 -11:23 US$ 1,500 720
6 Angela Naeth CAN 01:00:23 04:39:04 04:10:01 09:55:18 41:44 US$ 1,000 540
7 Sarah Jarvis GER 01:00:20 05:05:01 03:48:35 09:59:45 -04:31 405
8 Ashley Paulson USA 01:14:08 05:14:58 03:26:30 10:01:42 09:35 305
9 Palmira Alvarez MEX 01:13:36 05:05:36 03:52:22 10:17:19 10:29 230
10 Emma-Kate Lidbury GBR 00:58:34 04:58:16 04:15:16 10:21:20 53:03 170
11 Monica Folts USA 01:13:34 05:28:21 04:32:01 11:21:41 n/a 120
Amanda Wendorff USA 00:58:38 04:46:42 DNF
Anne Basso FRA 01:04:37 05:17:05 DNF
Adelaide Perr USA 01:04:25 DNF
Uli Bromme USA 01:05:33 DNF

Kona Qualifying Implications

Here’s a look at category changes in Kona qualifying by athletes racing in Boulder:

  • Safe: Kirsty Jahn, Kevin Collington
  • Close (but more points needed): Job Gambles, Chris Leiferman, Patrick McKeon
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