Ironman Chattanooga 2021 – Analyzing Results

IMChooLogoCourse Conditions

Conditions in Chattanooga were (almost) perfect for fast times: As usual the down-river swim was very quick, this was followed by a slightly faster than normal (for Chattanooga) bike leg even though the bike course was a bit longer this year (officially 116 miles). Compared to previous years, the run was a lot quicker: An adjustment of 2:53 isn’t quick for most courses but significantly faster than the run rating of -4:51 for Chattanooga.

A number of new course records were set this year. Male winner Joe Skipper set new marks on the bike (improving Sam Long’s 2019 bike leg by more than 9 minutes), on the run (beating Matt Hanson’s 2014 run course record by 3 and a half minutes) and overall. His 7:46 is more than 22 minutes quicker than the old course record set by Kyrill Kotshegarov in 2015. (The Top 4 were all under the old course record.) Female winner Skye Moench also set new bike and overall course records, beating Angela Naeth’s 2014 times by 6 minutes (bike) and 20 minutes (overall). She missed the run course record (still held by Lisa Roberts) by just 6 seconds. Skye’s time is also a new US and North American fastest finish for an IM-distance race.

Kona Qualifying

IM Chattanooga offered 2 male and 2 female Kona Pro slots for the October race, these go to

  • Lionel Sanders and
  • Ben Hoffman on the men’s side, and
  • Skye Moench and 
  • Gurutze Frades Laralde on the women’s side.

Male winner Joe Skipper was already qualified. The full list of Pros qualified for October 2022 can be found here.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Joe Skipper GBR 00:43:36 04:14:47 02:44:05 07:46:18 -07:16 US$ 15,000
2 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:43:36 04:21:05 02:45:58 07:54:46 -11:21 US$ 9,000
3 Ben Hoffman USA 00:42:13 04:24:55 02:46:09 07:57:50 04:25 US$ 7,000
4 Cody Beals CAN 00:42:15 04:23:53 02:49:58 08:00:06 -00:27 US$ 5,000
5 Adam Feigh USA 00:43:38 04:32:17 02:58:28 08:18:41 -10:32 US$ 4,000
6 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:43:28 04:28:30 03:08:03 08:25:27 -05:47 US$ 3,000
7 Jesse Vondracek USA 00:43:33 04:36:01 03:06:53 08:30:59 -11:09 US$ 2,500
8 Elliot Holtham CAN 00:43:39 04:44:03 02:58:30 08:31:13 -18:15 US$ 2,000
9 Thiago Vinhal BRA 00:42:14 04:42:39 03:10:57 08:40:43 18:08 US$ 1,500
10 Pedro Gomes POR 00:43:30 05:02:25 02:50:55 08:41:50 27:15 US$ 1,000
11 Jimmy Sosinski USA 00:51:42 04:50:02 03:02:12 08:49:31 -04:58  
12 Clay Emge USA 00:48:20 04:49:50 03:08:17 08:52:03 16:51  
13 Aaron Kolk USA 00:53:05 04:53:00 03:07:28 08:59:41 -46:07  
14 Nick Cosman CAN 00:45:48 04:50:41 03:19:12 09:00:51 -32:31  
15 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 00:43:38 04:43:52 04:06:02 09:39:18 51:33  
  Sam Long USA 00:43:36 04:15:26   DNF    
  Jason Pohl CAN 00:46:00 04:41:32   DNF    
  Mikael Staer Nathan CAN 00:43:42 05:00:52   DNF    
  Peter Kotland CZE 00:52:40 05:32:50   DNF    

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Skye Moench USA 00:44:32 04:44:02 03:01:10 08:34:06 -17:44 US$ 15,000
2 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:50:13 05:02:23 03:01:48 09:00:37 00:10 US$ 9,000
3 Melanie McQuaid CAN 00:45:24 04:57:49 03:16:17 09:04:20 -26:45 US$ 7,000
4 Kelly Fillnow USA 00:50:07 05:01:23 03:14:17 09:10:58 -21:01 US$ 5,000
5 Jen Annett CAN 00:50:03 05:11:39 03:17:01 09:23:30 18:28 US$ 4,000
6 Elizabeth James USA 00:54:19 05:22:55 03:20:38 09:43:16 n/a US$ 3,000
7 Zuzana Trnovcova SVK 00:53:29 05:13:19 03:45:49 09:59:52 -03:11 US$ 2,500
8 Rach McBride CAN 00:44:30 05:13:47 04:07:39 10:10:49 59:08 US$ 2,000
9 Ginger Howell USA 00:49:56 05:49:47 03:25:52 10:12:14 -09:18 US$ 1,500
10 Katie Morales USA 00:45:26 05:10:19 04:23:21 10:25:39 53:14 US$ 1,000
11 Katy Cargiulo USA 00:50:15 05:46:20 03:54:22 10:38:24 21:36  
  Angela Naeth CAN 00:50:00 05:07:13   DNF    
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