CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (May 22, 2022) – Southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia provided a stunning backdrop for the 2022 Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship Chattanooga. With some of triathlon’s best on hand, Boulder’s Jason West (USA) won the men’s professional race with a finishing time of 3:37:14 while Jackie Hering (USA) topped the podium in the women’s professional race with a time of 4:02:34.
Finishing on the men’s professional podium was Castle Rock’s Matt Hanson (USA) in second with a finishing time of 3:38:11 only two weeks after a 13th place at the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship, and Colorado’s Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) who posted a 3:39:52 finishing time that was good for third place.
On the women’s side, Paula Findlay (CAN) took second behind Hering with a time of 4:06:15, while Holly Lawrence (GBR) finished in third with a time of 4:09:22. Boulder’s Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) finished fifth in 4:15:07.
Covid took out Boulder’s Flora Duffy before the race started. In an Instagram post on Saturday, Duffy wrote: “Well my race is over before it even started. Have been feeling slightly under the weather the last couple of days and decided I should do a Covid test to rule that out. Two positive tests later… Really sad. I was looking forward to racing over the 70.3 distance. I’ve put so much work into the TT bike in recent months. The road to St George just became a little tougher!”
Top five professional men’s results:
|1. Jason West||USA||00:24:36||02:00:52||01:09:09||03:37:14|
|2. Matt Hanson||USA||00:25:00||02:00:36||01:09:59||03:38:11|
|3. Rodolphe Von Berg||USA||00:24:45||02:00:47||01:11:51||03:39:52|
|4. Jackson Laundry||CAN||00:24:52||02:00:29||01:12:09||03:40:20|
|5. Steven McKenna||AUS||00:24:46||02:00:41||01:14:29||03:42:58|
Top five professional women’s results:
|1. Jackie Hering||USA||00:26:45||02:14:12||01:18:12||04:02:34|
|2. Paula Findlay||CAN||00:26:41||02:14:13||01:22:06||04:06:15|
|3. Holly Lawrence||GBR||00:25:27||02:16:33||01:24:22||04:09:22|
|4. Lesley Smith||USA||00:28:15||02:24:26||01:17:51||04:13:56|
|5. Mirinda Carfrae||AUS||00:29:24||02:19:40||01:22:56||04:15:07|