The 2013 Ironman Lake Placid has finally reached its thrilling conclusion, with Andy Potts earning the distinction as the first man to cross the finish line with a time of eight hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds, and Jennie Hansen topping the female class of competitors by clocking a time of 09:35:06 in the 15th running of this race.
IronManTri has a picture of Potts with his family at the finish line:
Potts was last year’s champion at Lake Placid—finishing that event with a lower total time of 08:25:07—and one of the major superstars in the sport. Jessie Donavan—the female winner in 2012—chose not to participate this time around.
Her choice is understandable—the event is one of the most brutal and physically demanding events on the Ironman circuit, as contestants are challenged to cover more than 140 miles—140.6 to be exact—via land and sea.
The extreme measures didn’t stop some from having fun out there, though, as one man went as far as wearing a tutu while battling these overwhelming obstacles.
The top 60 finishers earned qualifying bids to the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, this October and there is no doubt that those men and women deserve the prestigious spots.
It all began with a brisk 2.4-mile swim through Mirror Lake—by far the shortest stage of the event—which Potts dominated in 00:46:48 and Katy Blakemore breezed through in 00:52:05.
You can see how it all started courtesy of IronManTri on Instagram:
The participants were then tasked to take a 112-mile bike trek through the treacherous Adirondack Mountains, a feat that Potts once again dominated with a time of 04:48:33. Jennie Hansen completed this stage in 05:20:25 for the women’s lead.
As if that weren’t enough, the third and most difficult stage for most men and women was the 26.2-mile run that looped around the famous lake—twice.
Potts crushed this marathon-length romp in 03:02:47, besting the rest of the field on his way to an epic victory. Hansen burst through the finish line in 3:05:04 to claim victory in her class.
IronManTri provides us with a shot of the medals for those able to finish the grueling trek in New York on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at how the top competitors fared, as you will want to keep an eye out for these superstars come the World Championships in a few months.