Jason West (USA) and Ellie Salthouse (AUS) Claim Victories at The Inaugural 2021 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (October 2, 2021) – Memphis, Tennessee and Shelby Farms Park played host to the inaugural edition of the 2021 St. Jude IRONMAN® 70.3® Memphis triathlon on Sunday, Oct. 2. With some of triathlon’s best on hand, the event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® saw Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) and Ellie Salthouse (Carindale, Queensland, Australia) take the top honors with finishing times of 3:45:05 and 4:12:35 respectively.

Rounding out the men’s professional podium was Bradley Weiss (Stellenbosch, South Africa), who came in second with a finish time of 3:46:40 and Marc Dubrick (Bedford, N.H.) who posted an 3:49:28 finishing time that was good for third place. On the women’s side, Jackie Hering (Cottage Grove, Wisc.) took second in 4:13:44, while Ali Bauer (Mount Vernon, Wash.) finished in third with a time of 4:26:25.

Top five professional men’s results:

SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
1. Jason West USA 00:25:24 02:06:26 01:09:17 03:45:05
2. Bradley Weiss ZAF 00:25:31 02:05:32 01:10:56 03:46:40
3. Marc Dubrick USA 00:24:24 02:07:29 01:13:31 03:49:28
4. Andre Lopes BRA 00:25:33 02:06:10 01:16:05 03:52:04
5. Marty Andrie USA 00:25:29 02:07:18 01:16:51 03:53:40

 

Top five professional women’s results:

SWIM BIKE RUN FINISH
1. Ellie Salthouse AUS 00:27:23 02:18:27 01:21:48 04:12:35
2. Jackie Hering USA 00:28:28 02:22:11 01:18:20 04:13:44
3. Ali Bauer USA 00:27:25 02:23:10 01:30:49 04:26:25
4. Jessica Jones USA 00:30:14 02:38:46 01:30:04 04:45:23
5. Sierra Snyder USA 00:30:18 02:41:59 01:30:36 04:48:53

 

“The triathletes in today’s St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis have so much to be proud of. They have inaugurated a new IRONMAN 70.3 event and showed us awe-inspiring endurance, all while supporting the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We’re especially grateful to our St. Jude Heroes who competed today. Their amazing commitment to train and fundraise helps St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital move forward with its bold plan to accelerate research and lifesaving treatment of childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases and fulfill our founder Danny Thomas’s promise that no child should die in the dawn of life.”

The 2021 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis triathlon saw nearly 1,700 athletes start the race. Competitors ranged in age from 19-75 years old. The event led athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run throughout southwestern. The competition started with a point-to-point swim in Hyde Lake before athletes embarked on the single-loop bike course that ventured through the rolling hills of Fayette County. The two-loop run course took athletes around scenic Hyde Lake and onto the popular Chickasaw Trail before finishing at Shelby Farms Park. The event offered a professional prize purse of $50,000 as well as age-group qualifying slots to the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship held in St. George, Utah.

Following race day, a special community event will take place on Sunday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m. CT at the Douglass Park and Community Center (1616 Ash St., Memphis, Tenn. 38108). Through its Race For ChangeTM initiative, The IRONMAN Group and IRONMAN Foundation® are teaming up with local communities and organizations to address potential barriers to entry that could prevent Black and other diverse groups from participating in triathlons. Coinciding with the 2021 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis triathlon, Race For Change will be championing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at this special event in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Memphis and Major Taylor Memphis Cycling Club. To celebrate Memphis’s rich and diverse music scene, the IRONMAN Foundation has partnered with Stax Music Academy’s Songwriting Cohort to produce a theme song for the Race For Change in connection with the local Memphis initiative which will be performed live during the event. Media are invited to attend. For more information on the IRONMAN Foundation’s Race For Change initiative please visit: ironmanfoundation.org/raceforchange/

Full results for the can be found at www.ironman.com/im703-memphis-results.

For more information about the 2021 St. Jude IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis triathlon, visit www.ironman.com/im703-memphis.  For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact press@ironman.com.

 

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About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospita

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on TwitterInstagram and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and gravel racing like Gravel Epic®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance 

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.

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