More than 3,000 athletes representing 18 countries and 43 US states started the 2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon on Sunday 13 September. The race consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run in the scenic surroundings provided by the city of Madison. Competitors ranged in age from 18 to 75.
Professional athlete Thomas Gerlach was the first overall finisher of the race while Rudy Kahsar (M25-29) from Boulder, Colorado was the men’s age-group winner of the event with a time of 9:08:39. On the women’s side, Michelle Andres (F35-39) from East Gull Lake, Minnesota was the female age-group winner with a time of 10:08:05.
One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the 2015 IRONMAN Wisconsin triathlon led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout Madison and its surrounding areas. The swim took place in Lake Monona, while the two-loop bike course wound through rural Dane County, offering challenging hills and a few tough climbs.
The two-loop run course took athletes through scenic downtown Madison and the University of Wisconsin campus. The organizing team noted that the course offered unparalleled spectator support and a spectacular finish in front of the capitol building. The event offered 50 coveted age-group qualifying slots to the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on 8 October 2016 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.