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  • Images from Ford Ironman Arizona Week.

    Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:15:00 -0800

    The change of date to Novemeber for Ford Ironman AZ turned out to be a good one for 2008.
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    Ironman Legend Scott Tinley came to town to lend his support to his longtime friend Huddle, and volunteered some time to do a talk at the IM TV tent as well as turn out to assist with the Kids run on Saturday morning.

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    Two of the womens race favorites Tyler Stewart and Leanda Cave at the press conference. Both girls were looking for redemption from Kona, to end the year on a good note and try and secure one of the two coveted qualifying slots for the professional women to the 2009 World Championship. Things worked out to plan for Leanda but nutritional issues sidelined the usually tough Stweart forcing a DNF that landed her in themedical tent.

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    A much anticipated duel between Kieran Doe and Chris Lieto materialised for the first 7 hours of the event, as the two uber cyclists set the early pace. A foot injury left Doe to complete the majority of the marathon wearing only his socks, whilst Lieto redeemed himself from Kona and secured his place for the 2009 Championship.

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    Brimming with confidence fresh off her World title at the Ironman World Championship 70.3, just two weeks ago...Joanna Zeiger came determined to overcome her Ironman demons. However the nutritional issues that have plagued her full distance career once again reared their head 6 hours into the day as she withdrew from the event having pushed her lead to 9 minutes before things came apart.

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    The Ford Ironman Arizona Kids run drew record crowds on the Saturday morning, with almost 1000 kids showing up to participate in the mile event.

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    The record size of the crowd had race organisers sending off waves of kids in various age groups. It was community and family spirit at it's best.

    The decision to change the home date for the Ford Ironman Arizona to November in order to take the 'edge' of the harsh desert winds and heat certainly paid off in the 5th running of the event. It was a week of much milder winds and clear crisp skies without the 'burn' of the desert summer pushing it's way in, rather gliding out to autumn. A great week in Tempe was had by all and race day turned into a record setting scene.