Qatar Airways IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Returns in Style

Monday 26 September 2022

Triathletes have celebrated the return of the Qatar Airways IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney, with the race back on Sunday for the first time since 2019.
 
Athletes from all Australian states and territories, and from around the world, descended on the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith for the return of the popular event.
 
The sold-out event saw athletes take on a 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run, finishing on the famous IRONMAN 70.3 red carpet in front of a packed grandstand.
 
Thomas Kearns was the first athlete to cross the finish line on Sunday morning, showing impressive speed across the three disciplines.
 
“I had a really nice swim, we had a good pack there and I managed to come through transition pretty fast and came out onto my own and held the gap from then on and then on the run I was just trying not to get caught for the entire 21.1km,” said Kearns. “It was absolutely stunning out there, as good as it gets with the conditions, no wind, not too warm, enough aid stations so you can cool off all the time, it was a good day.”
 
Vanessa Murray claimed the overall women’s age-group title, crossing the line in 4:24:14, more than eight minutes clear of Claire Dedden and Jessica Mitchell.
 
“It was pretty good, the swim was really calm, a little foggy to start with but cleared up pretty quickly, it’s a nice swim out there with just the nice, easy, straight line,” said Murray. “The bike was really good, a little rough in patches, so you had to be on guard, but the conditions were great, light wind and the run was tough but I quite liked the three lap breakdown because there were quite a few people around. It didn’t get too hot today, it wasn’t really a factor for me but I had a few nutrition issues which were my biggest hurdle today.
 
“I probably would have liked to feel a little bit better, it’s probably not my best race in how I felt but I think you get a lot out of these days as well, you just have to push through, it’s good to know that I could do that mentally,” she said.
 
It’s been a busy year so far for Murray who won her age group at the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in St. George, Utah, in May, though she’ll be racing closer to home for the remainder of 2022.
 
“I’ll do IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne next and then IRONMAN New Zealand in December,” said Murray. “There wasn’t much taper into this one, it was sort of just a training race and then the recovery will be pretty minimal as well, straight back into the IRONMAN training.”
 
Sunday’s Qatar Airways IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney was the culmination of years of work for Paratriathlete Minda Dentler, with the American completing her goal of finishing six IRONMAN 70.3 races on six continents.
 
In 2013 Dentler became the first female wheelchair athlete to finish the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Dentler, who now lives in Arizona, contracted polio as an infant in India, resulting in the paralysis of her legs. Throughout her years racing triathlon Dentler has inspired countless others, continuing that today racing in Western Sydney.
 
“Racing on six continents was a personal goal of mine, I have a family and we use these races as a race-cation, it’s been fun to see different cities and race on different continents,” said Dentler. “It took about four years because I’d only do one or two IRONMAN 70.3s a year, and I was signed up for this race in 2020 and with the travel restrictions this is the first time I’ve been able to travel to Australia.
 
“I think we’re equally inspiring to each other, I’ve been really enjoying doing triathlons in general because I’m able to compete side-by-side with able-bodied athletes and we’re all experiencing the same course, doing the same sports at the same time,” she said. “Everyone is so supportive and you can feel the camaraderie out there.”
 
One of those athletes inspired by Dentler is Australian Paratriathlete Emma Mickle, with the two finishing just minutes apart after 113km of racing on Sunday.
 
Mickle has had an incredible journey of her own, recovering from significant injuries when a tree fell on her when hiking in New Zealand in January 2020. Mickle’s injuries have left her with limited mobility but that didn’t stop her finishing her second IRONMAN 70.3 this weekend.
 
“It was pretty special racing alongside Minda, I did some reading on her last night and her journey is nothing short of inspirational,” said Mickle. “When things got a bit tough out there I thought if she can do it I can do it, it’s pretty impressive.
 
“It was a ripper of a day. The swim course was perfect, it was great to have the lake to ourselves and then being led out onto the bike course by the moto was definitely a highlight,” she said. “Everything was nice and smooth today, I’ve been back in training leading into this race, trying to get stronger, fitter and get the most out of the body, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
 
As Mickle continues to recover from injury she’s continuing her triathlon training and racing.
 
“I’m finding aspects easier, on the swim and the ride I’m definitely getting a bit stronger and more comfortable, the run is still a struggle for me but slow and steady gets through it,” she said. “The support out there today was 10 out of 10, every time I went to walk on that run I always had someone there saying good job, it kept me going, not much walking got done.”
 
For more on the Qatar Airways IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney visit: https://www.ironman.com/im703-western-sydney

IRONMAN Triathlon


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

04

Dec

2022

Patagonman

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Dec

2022

Fodaxman

Nova Veneza State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Jan

2023

HercUlean Triathlon

Konark, Puri, India

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Jan

2023

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Feb

2023

Sahara Triathlon

Taghit, Béchar, Algeria

Website Google Map YouTube

08

Apr

2023

Alpha Win Napa Valley

Napa Valley, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

22

Apr

2023

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

06

May

2023

Himalayan Xtreme

Pokhara, Nepal

Website Google Map YouTube

07

May

2023

Challenge Montpellier

Zénith Sud, France

Website Google Map

13

May

2023

Tradeinn International

Platja d’Aro, Spain

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

04

Dec

2022

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Dec

2022

Ironman Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Dec

2022

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

05

Mar

2023

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

22

Apr

2023

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

07

May

2023

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

20

May

2023

Ironman Lanzarote

Canary Islands, Spain

Website Google Map YouTube

21

May

2023

Ironman Tulsa

Tulsa, OK, United States

Website Google Map

28

May

2023

Ironman Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

04

Jun

2023

Ironman Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

04

Dec

2022

Clash Daytona

Daytona, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Dec

2022

Challenge Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

17

Dec

2022

Rotorua Suffer

Rotorua, New Zealand

Website Google Map

08

Jan

2023

Alpha Win Sarasota

Sarasota, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

21

Jan

2023

Tauranga Half

Tauranga, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

22

Jan

2023

Challenge Shepparton

Victoria, Australia

Website Google Map

05

Feb

2023

Ultra Tri Series

Durban, South Africa

Website Google Map

18

Feb

2023

Challenge Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Feb

2023

Tweed Coast Enduro

Pottsville NSW, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

18

Feb

2023

Half Camino de la Costa

Viedma, Río Negro, Argentina

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

04

Dec

2022

70.3 Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Dec

2022

70.3 Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

04

Dec

2022

70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta

Indian Wells La Quinta, United States

Website Google Map

04

Dec

2022

70.3 Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website Google Map

09

Dec

2022

70.3 Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Dec

2022

70.3 New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

11

Dec

2022

70.3 Florida

Haines City, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

08

Jan

2023

70.3 Pucon

Pucon, Chile

Website Google Map

04

Feb

2023

70.3 Oman

Muscat, Oman

Website Google Map

05

Feb

2023

70.3 Tasmania

Hobart, TAS, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Ben Hoffman, Flora Colledge Headline Patagonman Chile

Ben Hoffman, Flora Colledge Headline Patagonman Chile

Thursday 01 Dec 2022 [Triathlon News]

The Patagonman 2022 is scheduled for Sunday, December 4, the date on which the Aysén region will once again have its extreme triathlon event and will receive competitors from more than 50 countries! After two years of absence, on December 4, PATAGONMAN will return. There were 1,186 days that changed the world and have put everyone to the test. The return of the most extreme race in the world could not be less than an atomic event. more

IRONMAN Announce Plan for Dual Hosts for IRONMAN World Championship

IRONMAN Announce Plan for Dual Hosts for IRONMAN World Championship

Wednesday 30 Nov 2022 [Triathlon News]

Following the first-ever two-day IRONMAN World Championship and a continued commitment to providing women and men their own dedicated day of racing, IRONMAN announced today that the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN® World Championship triathlon will move forward with two different host venues. To ensure that both professional and amateur women and men have a focused IRONMAN World Championship race experience, the women will race in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 14, 2023, more

CHALLENGE Family Welcomes Ecuador and Challenge Salinas

CHALLENGE Family Welcomes Ecuador and Challenge Salinas

Saturday 26 Nov 2022 [Triathlon News]

The tropical beaches of Ecuador are the location of Challenge Family’s newest race with today’s announcement of Challenge Salinas, set to take place on 10 December 2023. Salinas is on the western-most tip of Ecuador and known for some of the best beaches in the country and the 113km middle distance course will take in the best of the region’s ocean front while also making the most of the lively atmosphere of the popular resort town. more

IRONMAN Israel Pro Start List

IRONMAN Israel Pro Start List

Thursday 24 Nov 2022 [Triathlon News]

Athletes will enjoy a warm 3.8km swim course in the Sea of Galilee with the sun rising from the east, over the Golan Heights, making it a picture-perfect setting for an unforgettable swim. The 180km bike course, consisting of two laps, will lead athletes through the magnificent Sea of Galilee landscape, more

CHALLENGE Istanbul Joins Challenge Family for 2023

CHALLENGE Istanbul Joins Challenge Family for 2023

Wednesday 23 Nov 2022 [Triathlon News]

Challenge Family and the Turkish Triathlon Federation today announced Challenge Istanbul as the first race of their multi-event partnership. Set to take place on 3 September 2023, the inaugural event will run over the Olympic distance with plans to extend it to 113km in future years. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.