|Witsup Last Weekend: IM France | 70.3 Mont Tremblant | 70.3 Coeur d’Alene | 70.3 Costa Rica
|There is simply no stopping Meredith Kessler at the moment. The American notched up another win on the weekend, this tim at Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant. Kessler won by just shy of three minutes over Canadian, Rachel McBride with Jodie Robertson in third.
|Sanders and Kessler masterful in Mont-Tremblant
|There was no touching Lionel Sanders (CAN) once he got on the bike as he took yet another half-distance title at Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant in course-record time, following a strong swim with an even stronger bike/ run combo to top a competitive men's field in Quebec. Meredith Kessler (USA) continued her impressive comeback after becoming a mom last year with her second win of the 2018 season.
|Witsup Last Weekend: IM Philippines | Escape From Alcatraz | 70.3 Victoria | 70.3 Raleigh
|She’s back! Meredith Kessler returned to her winning ways, taking out Ironman 70.3 Raleigh, from Heather Jackson and 2017 Champion Stephanie Roy.
|Meredith Defends Her Reign at IRONMAN Taupo 70.3, and Holiday Savings from Ventum
|Just after claiming her third straight first-place win at IRONMAN Arizona, globe-trotting Ventum pro Meredith Kessler headed halfway across the world to New Zealand… and went on to clinch her fifth straight win in the IRONMAN Taupo 70.3 this weekend! Amazing!
|Taupo champions Meredith Kessler and Braden Currie go back-to-back
|In the women's race, American Meredith Kessler, who has snared five straight Ironman titles in Taupo, clung on to claim a dramatic victory by eight seconds from the fast-charging Brit Laura Siddall in a thrilling duel.
|Braden Currie, Meredith Kessler repeat wins Kellogg’s IRONMAN Taupo 70.3
|In the women’s pro race, Kessler emerged from the water with her nose ahead of swim specialist Rebecca Clarke of New Zealand. Then on the bike, the American opened up a lead before she was caught at the bike turn in Reporoa by the in-form Kiwi Amelia Watkinson. However Kessler managed to push to a 1:47 lead off the 90km bike.
|Tough Battles for Repeat Winners in Taupo
|"Of my seven wins here in Taupo, that was by far the hardest," Kessler said after the race. "Laura was so close—another 100m I think she could have beaten me." Kessler did an IRONMAN three weeks ago in Arizona, and she says she has tried to recover as best as she could. "I am thrilled to win here. And now I will recover and prepare to return here in March for IRONMAN New Zealand and attempt a six-peat which will be no easy task."
|Meredith Kessler Wins Third Consecutive Ironman Arizona
|Known for her powerful race strategies, Meredith Kessler won IRONMAN Arizona by leading the race the entire way. Lightning fast in the swim, Kessler secured a three minute, thirty second lead as she entered T1. While most athletes began to tire, she continued with seemingly endless energy into the bike.
|Kessler Completes IM Arizona Three-Peat
|Kessler used a dominating swim combined with strong bike and run legs to lead the race wire-to-wire. Yvonne Van Vlerken placed second with Malindi Elmore rounding out the podium on her Ironman debut.
|Ironman Arizona 2016 – Analyzing Results
|Meredith Kessler won the female race, leading from wire to wire. She’s the IM Arizona champion for the third time in a row – the last time she did not win an Ironman outside of Kona was IM Arizona 2013 when she was second to Julia Gajer by less than three minutes.
|Record Win for Sanders and a Three-Peat for Kessler
|Lionel Sanders was on top of the world as he recorded the fastest IRONMAN finishing time ever, while Meredith Kessler makes it a hat trick of wins at IRONMAN Arizona.
|Witsup Last Weekend: Ironman France - Raleigh 70.3 - Switzerland 70.3
|Kessler recognises she has been working to keep a hamstring niggle at bay, but makes no excuses about her performance. “Triathlon racing is an evolution of progression and sometimes we have to take a step backward to take two step forwards. Some races are a gamble – this was one of those for my team. I believe this is part of our job description as professional athletes and we CHOOSE to be out there or to not be.
|Russell, Barnett Win On A Muggy Day At 70.3 Raleigh
|Barnett narrowly edged out 2015 champion Meredith Kessler (USA), putting together a 31:26 swim, a 2:21:19 bike and a 1:25:02 half-marathon to just pass Kessler near the end of the run and take the victory in 4:21:04.
|IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championships 2016
|Meredith Kessler (Corte Madera, Calif.) won the bronze medal in the IRONMAN North American Championships in St. George, Utah, this weekend. Kessler’s time of 4:22:02 was just over five minutes back of Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who claimed the gold. Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence finished second. Mary Beth Ellis (Superior, Colo.), ninth, and Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah), tenth, rounded out the top 10.
|Ironman New Zealand 2016 – Analyzing Results
|Meredith Kessler was second out of the water and quickly took the lead on the bike. The lead quickly extended to around 8 minutes but the fast bike riders Lucy Gossage and Laura Siddall worked to cut it down to about two minutes in T2. But MBK quickly showed that she wasn’t ready to relinquish her grip on the New Zealand title and posted the fastest run for a sub-9 finish and new course record – her fifth consecutive win at IM New Zealand. (Her first was the shortened 2012 race.)
|Brown and Kessler Bag Records in Taupo
|The 37-year-old American then produced a majestic run to stop the clock in 8:56:07 and clinch a victory by nine minutes from Gossage in 9:05:07 with the Australian Carrie Lester overhauling Briton's Laura Siddall in the second half of the run to take third in 9:07.18.
|Brown, Kessler Win Again At Ironman New Zealand
|It was a record-breaking day for both New Zealand’s Cameron Brown and the United States’ Meredith Kessler. For Brown, he extended his record as the oldest man to win an Ironman (43), became the first professional man to win the same Ironman 12 times and broke the course record. Kessler also had a stellar race, earning her fifth-straight victory in Taupo and again breaking her own course record.
|Brown and Kessler win NZ Ironman
|Kessler shattered her own course record by nearly 10 minutes to successfully defend her women's elite crown.
|RNZ - Radio New Zealand
|The Check-In: IRONMAN Welcomes Three New Events - Ironman Taupo 70.3 Recap
|Kessler laid down the race best swim and recorded solid bike and run splits on her way to the title at the inaugural event and was quick to acknowledged the strong field of women that line up on the starting line."The field included such talent – with rising star - young buck, Amelia Watkinson running like the wind and the very hard working and worthy Laura Siddall storming through the field especially on the bike," said Kessler.
|Kessler Takes Taupo 70.3
|Kessler stated that every tool in the shed was needed to get her to the start line after Ironman Arizona, which included the long haul travel to New Zealand, MBK’s age of 37 (still a young pup), battling pneumonia and fully feeling the effects of lining up to her 12th race of the year. Fortunately, MBK speaks about Taupo like a Jane Austin novel of her love for a destination where alongside her four wins at Ironman New Zealand has taken her wins in Taupo to five – winning consecutively for five years is an enormous feat.
|Kessler at home, Currie hot at Taupo
|Kessler has enjoyed a stellar season with two IRONMAN victories and five wins over IRONMAN 70.3, coming to Taupo after defending her title at IRONMAN Arizona last month.
She was a minute clear out of the 1.9km swim and maintained that buffer midway on the 90km bike from Warriner, who was ensuring she gave her final professional race everything she could muster.
|Tri Max Hebdo
|Weekend Recap: 70.3 Action From Taupo And Ballarat
|New Zealand’s Braden Currie scored arguably the best win of his triathlon career Saturday in Taupo, while the United States’ Meredith Kessler – a four-time winner of Ironman New Zealand – held off the challenge of Kiwi Amelia Watkinson to take the women’s title.
|Kessler, Currie triumph at Ironman Taupo
|Favoured American Meredith Kessler won the women's race although she had to hold out a bright challenge from Kiwi Amelia Watkinson
|Final races of the season strike with great finish results
|This weekend, at Ironman Arizona, Meredith Kessler owned the race in which she’s been competing ever since the beginning, all 12 editions and finishing this weekend victoriously sub-9 hours. First out of the water and with an advantage of as much as 10’ ahead of Amanda Stevens (USA) after the bike race, Kessler pulled out a fantastic bike split of 4:42:13 and defended her title.
|Lionel Sanders & Meredith Kessler Claim Victories at IRONMAN Arizona
|Kessler was all business on the bike as she pulled away from Haskins right away and started building her lead early on. Throughout the bike course, Kessler established well over a ten-minute lead on Stevens, her closest rival. Gajer, Melanie McQuaid (CAN) and Michelle Vesterby (DNK) followed Kessler and Stevens into transition, but were looking at deficits ranging from 12:22 to 17:03 to overcome.
|Lionel Sanders breaks through to win at Ironman Arizona along with Meredith Kessler
|"To go out there and just feel like myself, that was the whole goal no matter what place," Kessler, 37, said. "In Kona, I was a completely different athlete. I know the weather is extremely different here. It was about 50 degrees cooler, but still just to feel like myself I was very thrilled."
|The Arizona Republic
|Sanders, Kessler Get Redemption With Ironman Arizona Wins
|Canada’s Lionel Sanders and the United States’ Meredith Kessler earned big victories at Sunday’s Ironman Arizona after each turning in disappointing performances at last month’s Kona race.
|Sanders and Kessler Take it Home in Tempe
|Meredith Kessler (USA) exited the lake first with Sarah Haskins in her shadow five seconds back. The pair had Julie Gajer (DEU), Amanda Stevens (USA) and Christine Jackson well over two minutes in arrears before reaching their bikes.
|Kessler Makes It A Quartet Of Victories At Vineman 70.3
|American Meredith Kessler is beginning to earn legendary status at her hometown race in Sonoma County, California, scoring her fourth consecutive victory at Ironman 70.3 Vineman against a stacked field which included multiple World Champions. After a sub-par swim, Canadian Magali Tisseyre biked and ran her way into second place while Australian Mirinda Carfrae used her signature run to grab the final podium spot.
|Appleton and Kessler Uncork Speed at Vineman
|Meredith Kessler (USA) who usually is up front in most women's fields in the swim, was looking at a deficit of over a minute, as was Emily Cocks (USA), Holly Lawrence (GBR), Leanda Cave (GBR) and Kelsey Withrow (USA).
|Sam Appleton, Meredith Kessler Victorious At 70.3 Vinemanr
|Ultimately it was the United States’ Meredith Kessler who grabbed her fourth victory on what she considers her home course (she resides in San Francisco) and Australia’s Sam Appleton who earned his first win on this point-to-point course.
|Vineman victories go to Australian Sam Appleton, San Franciscan Meredith Kessler
|Sam Appleton lowered the course record and Meredith Kessler won the women’s division for the fourth year in a row to highlight Sunday’s Ironman Vineman 70.3 half-triathlon.
|The Press Democrat
|Sanders, Kessler win Tremblant
|Kessler continued her near-perfect 2015 record with a 5:01 margin of victory over Holly Lawrence of Great Britain and 7:50 advantage over 3rd place finisher Alicia Kaye of the U.S.
Kessler combined a 2nd-best (by one second) 24:19 swim and women’s-fastest 2:16:27 bike and 1:25:29 run splits to finish in 4:10:32 and defend her 2014 Mt. Tremblant 70.3 title.
|Sanders, Kessler Claim Victories At 70.3 Mont-Tremblant
|Kessler carried that momentum onto the run and didn’t surrender her lead, posting a field-best 1:25:29 run split to defend her Mont-Tremblant title in 4:10:32. Lawrence finished in second at 4:15:33, with Kaye claiming the final podium spot in 4:18:22. The women’s race was truly a story of that fast trio, with a full 19 minutes passing by before fourth-place finisher Christine Fletcher (CAN) completed her day.
|Lionel Sanders and Meredith Kessler were victorious at the Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant.
|Kessler was solid as a rock on the run as she methodically opened a commanding gap on the entire field. On the strength of her race-best run time on the day, Kessler claimed her third half-distance title in three weeks with a winning time of 4:10:32. Lawrence’s 4:15:22 was good for second place, while Kaye finished of the podium with her 4:18:22 time.
|Sizzling Performances in Scorching Temperatures at Williamsburg and Camsur
|Challenge Family Williamsburg took place with Meredith Kessler putting in a dominant performance in the heat. Temperatures in the 90s (but felt like 100s) welcomed the athletes to make the day a war of attrition, in keeping with the historic surroundings of Colonial Williamsburg.
|Kevin Collington, Meredith Kessler Win Challenge Williamsburg
|Challenge Williamsburg delivered a doozy of a day, with 90 degree “feels like 100” heat and sweltering humidity that turned the run course into a war of attrition befitting the historic setting. Those that ultimately triumphed did so through calm, calculated efforts, knowing that any error of too-intense effort in the unrelenting heat would spell certain disaster. Ultimately, it was Americans Kevin Collington and Meredith Kessler who overcame Mother Nature’s odds and outraced their rivals to claim victory.
|A battle against the elements at Challenge Williamsburg
|But the women behind the landslide winner never let off the gas all day long, painting an impressive picture of perseverance in Kessler’s wake. Gellatly and Thomas were especially strong adversaries, with Gellatly holding the lead but Thomas threatening throughout the run; ultimately the two finished 30 seconds apart. Leiser stayed strong for fourth, and Alyssa Godesky (USA), an ultra runner before turning to triathlon, clocked the second-fastest women’s run (1:42:23, second to Kessler’s 1:35:50) to battle her way into fifth.
|Consistency the Key for Kessler at Raleigh 70.3
|Kessler crossed the line in first place as the heat was rising in a time of 4:14 to claim another impressive half iron-distance title. “The race was a small stepping stone personally for heat training as I continue to try to try new things and cope in general in those conditions as temperatures soared into the 90′s on the run. Once again, it was a workmanlike day where trust needed to be put into the training and the game plan!” she explained. “Congratulations to Lauren Barnett, Cait Snow and all the ladies (and gents) who raced with such fortitude and tenacity as they all certainly do. It was awesome to have the opportunity to share the course with everyone.”
|Dreitz, Kessler take 70.3 Raleigh
|Andreas Dreitz crushed the bike course in Raleigh with 2:01:45 bike split and grabbed the win in 3:50:41. Meredith Kessler narrowly held off Lauren Barnett in the women's race.
|Dreitz and Kessler Strong in Raleigh
|On the run, Kessler used the tough run she's known for to hold onto her lead, though Barnett continue to put the pressure on from behind. Barnett chipped away at Kessler's lead, fighting strong and ultimately putting two minutes into Kessler on the run. Kessler ran steady however, using her consistency all day to take first place in 4:14, with Barnett's slightly faster half marathon launching her in to second place. The USA's Caitlin Snow ran a race-best 1:21:12 putting her in third.
|Dreitz, Kessler Win At Ironman 70.3 Raleigh
|Some expected Barnett’s fast bike split to lead to a meltdown on the hot and humid run; instead, she overtook Brandon for third place within the first mile, passed a fading Lawrence before the halfway point, and was within striking distance of race leader Kessler by mile 11. Kessler remained strong, however, and held off Barnett’s attack by recording a 1:24:54 half marathon to cross the finish line in 4:14:00. Barnett finished 58 seconds behind. Caitlin Snow ran a day-best 1:21:12 half marathon to move from 8th place to 3rd.
|Wurtele Storms From Behind To Win St. George 70.3
|The run starts with a five-kilometer uphill grind that reaches grades in excess of 10 percent. With her competition in view, Wurtele set her sights on Kessler, who had pulled away from Swallow.
|Don, Wurtele Take Top Honors At Ironman 70.3 St. George
|“That was racing,” said Kessler, who took second place a minute and a half behind Wurtele. “That was true racing, with the constant back-and-forth and not knowing what would happen next. All day, the Big 5—Heather, Jodie, Alicia, Mary Beth, and me—went after it. Really, a job well done by these women.”
|A Four From Four Score For Kessler in Taupo
|Meredith Kessler was simply phenomenal at the Kellogg’s Ironman New Zealand in Taupo. Her course record-breaking win scores her a four from four at this event and her elation was tremendous.
|Cameron Brown takes 11th Taupo Ironman and Meredith Kessler takes 4th
|Kessler too made light work of her competition when pounding the pavement. In claiming her fourth title, she hacked more than two minutes off the record she set last year to become the most successful international competitor in the history of the event.
|3News New Zealand
|Brown's World's-Best 11, Kessler up to 4 in Taupo
|The incomparable 'King of Taupo,' Cameron Brown, rolled back the years to clinch a record-breaking 11th Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand victory, while also improving on his own world record to become the oldest winner of an IRONMAN race.
Meanwhile, in the elite women’s race, American Meredith Kessler created her own slice of history by racking up her fourth race win and smash her own course record in the process to become the most successful overseas women at IRONMAN New Zealand.
|Brown, Kessler take Taupo again
|Brown’s 11th win breaks a tie with Ironman legend Mark Allen for domination of a single major race – Allen won the Nice International Triathlon 10 times. The victory also earned Brown the distinction of being the oldest man to win an official Ironman race. Setting an impressive streak of her own, U.S. star Meredith Kessler dominated the women’s field for her 4th straight win at Taupo in 9:05:45, breaking her own course record set last year by 3 minutes and 1 second.
|Adopted Kiwi, Kessler, Wins Auckland 70.3
|Auckland flicked on the magical switch for perfect conditions at the the final instalment of the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Auckland event. Adopted Kiwi, Meredith Kessler, laid down her usual template of getting it done to take the title.
|Reed and Kessler Power Home in Auckland - Two of the sport's most popular triathletes prevailed in downtown Auckland.
|Tim Reed is regarded as one of the best runners in the world of IRONMAN racing, but the likeable Aussie credits his improved form on the bike as the key to his stunning victory at a sun bathed IRONMAN 70.3 Auckland today. While it proved a breakthrough for the Australian, there was no doubting the dominance of the popular American Meredith Kessler, who claimed the women’s honours.
|Long Awaited Glory For Kessler In Arizona
|Meredith Kessler FINALLY got the win at Ironman Arizona, a race she has raced every year since it’s inception both as the amateur and as a professional, 11 in total. Last year Kessler was oh so close to getting a win, but again had to settle for the role of bridesmaid despite her sub-nine finish time.
|McMahon and Kessler Tops in Tempe
|Meredith Kessler (USA) has competed at every single IRONMAN Arizona race. Five of those were as an age grouper, the last six times she’s raced as a pro. Over the years she’s finished second here twice, third another time. Last year she went 8:55 … and it still wasn’t enough to get her the win. Today the American knocked another five minutes off her time, finishing in an impressive 8:50, which was more than enough to get her across the line in first, capping what has been, other than one not-so-great day in Kona, a fantastic season that included two full-distance wins (Arizona and New Zealand) along with wins at IRONMAN 70.3 races at Vineman, Mont-Tremblant and St. George.
|Brent McMahon Smashes Ironman Arizona on Debut. Meredith Kessler Goes Sub Nine Hours
|Brent McMahon (CAN) displayed poise and determination in his IRONMAN triathlon debut while Meredith Kessler (USA) was unmatched as both earned victories at the 2014 IRONMAN Arizona presented by Waste Management. McMahon broke the course record with a finish time of 7:55:34 and Kessler crossed the finish line in 8:50:00 to earn her first IRONMAN Arizona win.
|McMahon, Kessler top IM Arizona
|At the finish, Kessler's 8:50:41 gave her an 8 minutes 5 seconds margin of victory over Hütthaler and 18:16 advantage over Heather Jackson, who held the final spot on the podium with a 3:18:51 run.
|McMahon and Kessler Claim Victories at the 2014 IRONMAN Arizona Presented by Waste Management
|Meredith Kessler brought a new level of intensity into today’s race right from the start. By the end of the 2.4-mile swim in Tempe Town Lake, Kessler was out of the water first followed by Amanda Stevens (USA), Heather Jackson (USA) and Lisa Huetthaler (AUT).
|USA’s Eric Limkemann and Meredith Kessler Triumph at Inaugural Challenge New Albany
|Kessler’s third fastest (1:27:32) run was good enough to pull away from Spieldnner for the win in 4:19:02. Spieldenner hung tough for second in 4:23:14 and Julian Petersen (4:24:08), Haley Chura (4:29:58) and Carly Johann (4:33:01) rounded out the top five.
|Reed and Kessler Make Magic at Vineman
|Kessler crossed the finish line and grabbed her third IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman tile in 4:11:43. Hauschildt was next down the chute and stopped the clock at 4:14:13, while McBride’s 4:17:23 time earned her a podium placing.
|Kessler On Top Once Again - Mont Tremblant 70.3
|Former 70.3 World Champion, Julie Dibens and reigning US Pro Champion, Meredith Kessler were the headline names in the small women’s field. The two spent the first 2hrs 45minutes neck and neck on the course.
|Thomas and Kessler Masterful in Mont-Tremblant
|Kessler snuck out of T2 with a two second advantage on Dibens as they hit the run course. It was apparent from the start that Kessler was on her game as she immediately starting distancing herself from Dibens. Behind the lead pair Siddall's race-best run help;ed her grab a podium placing.
|Thomas, Kessler Win 70.3 Mont-Tremblant
|Americans Jesse Thomas and Meredith Kessler won Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant. The race served as a preview of sorts for this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which will take place on a similar course in the same city on Sept. 7.
|Kessler Claims St. George 70.3 Again
|Kessler held the gap to the finishline to take her second title at Ironman 70.3 St George in a course record of 4:11:53. Swallow took second just 35 seconds back and Wurtele ran her way onto the podium with a second best run split of the day. Ellis came in fourth and Dibens rounded off the top five.
|Kessler and Frodeno Rise to the Top in St. George
|San Francisco-based Meredith Kessler (USA) used her power across all three disciplines to show one of her favorite courses that she's still boss. Kessler led similarly strong swimmers Jodie Swallow (GBR), Julie Dibens (GBR) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA) out of the water, and the four stormed out of Sand Hollow Reservoir eager to duke it out on the roads. Behind them, Amy Marsh (USA) led a chase pack two minutes back.
|Frodeno, Kessler Win On The Run At 70.3 St. George
|Kessler, Jodie Swallow (GBR), Julie Dibens (GBR) and Mary Beth Ellis (USA) established an early advantage by coming out of the water more than two minutes ahead of chasers like Amy Marsh (USA) and Heather Wurtele (CAN), and more than three minutes on top athletes like Linsey Corbin (USA) and Angela Naeth (CAN).
|A Banner Day for Frodeno and Wurtele - Oceanside 2014
|The day began with Meredith Kessler and Julie Dibens leading the way out of the water. Dibens, in her first race after taking a year off to recover from foot and knee surgery, would pull away on the bike, enjoying a lead of around two minutes on a group of that included defending champion Heather Jackson, Meredith Kessler and Wurtele.
|Albert, Kessler Win 30th Anniversary Ironman New Zealand Race
|“It’s such a special race for me, and I wanted to see if I could do a three-peat,” said Kessler, who not only secured her third Ironman New Zealand title, but also obliterated the long-standing course record by more than six minutes. “To put together this performance on the 30th anniversary of the race, I’m really grateful.”
|Kessler, Albert Take Home 30th Anniversary Titles At Ironman New Zealand
|The women’s race didn’t have nearly as much movement, in fact, the top three women basically had individual time-trial conditions for the entire eight-plus-hour day. Much like last year, Kessler led out of the swim with the pro men in 46:47 and in eighth-place overall. But New Zealand’s Anna Cleaver was only 10 seconds behind her, with Crawford coming out in third almost four-minutes back of the leader.
|Albert and Kessler Capture 30th Anniversary IRONMAN New Zealand
|Meredith Kessler produced a stunning performance to shatter the women’s course record by a massive 5 min 50 sec to secure her third straight IRONMAN New Zealand title. The American seized control from the outset. Her brilliant swim—in which she recorded the ninth fastest time of the day – set her up for the rest of the race. She built on her position during the bike – despite losing a couple of minutes after a brief mishap with her chain - and further cemented her dominance on the run to record a dazzling 9:08:45 finishing time.
|Del Corral and Gajer: Awesome in Arizona
|There were a lot of reasons that Meredith Kessler rolled into Tempe as the women’s race favorite. While her seventh-place finish in Kona last month was her best finish at the IRONMAN World Championship, many had picked Kessler to finish even higher there this year.
|REV3 FLORIDA Triathlon - Pro Recap 2013
|Pro race recap of Revolution 3 Florida Triathlon
|Starykowicz, Kessler Earn Victories At Rev3 Florida
|Americans Andrew Starykowicz and Meredith Kessler were the victors at today’s Rev3 Florida triathlon in Venice, Fla. The half-Rev distance race (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run) closed out Rev3’s eight-race pro series for 2013. Both Starykowicz and Kessler came into the Florida race with a full season under their belts and both competed at last month’s Ironman World Championship. Starykowicz also raced in last weekend’s Ironman Florida triathlon, finishing second.
|The Weekend Box July 21, 2013 - Slowtwitch
|In this issue of The Weekend Box, we look at Meredith Kessler’s second straight comeback win and Craig Alexander's victory at Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens, a fierce fight between Angela Naeth, Mirinda Carfrae, Catriona Morrison and Barbara Riveros-Diaz at Ironman 70.3 Racine, a win for Germany at the ITU Mixed Relay World Championship in Hamburg, and a hat’s off to Boulder 5i50 race director Dave Christen for issuing a yearlong ban to a triathlete who cursed at a volunteer at Boulder Peak.
|Kessler's Resilience, Docherty's Confidence Clinch Vineman Wins
|Five weeks ago, Meredith Kessler lay unconscious in a trauma unit while doctors tended to the injuries she sustained in a cycling accident at IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman. Today she stood atop of the podium as the winner of the IRONMAN 70.3 Vineman.
|Kessler impresses at Ironman 70.3 Vineman 5 weeks after severe crash
|Five weeks ago, Meredith Kessler lay unconscious in a trauma unit while doctors tended to the injuries she sustained in a cycling accident at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman.Today she stood atop of the podium as the winner of the Ironman 70.3 Vineman.
|Weekend Race Recap: Ironman 70.3 Boise, Eagleman, Kansas, Japan & Pescara
|Notably absent from the leader board were Meredith Kessler, who had crashed on the bike and was transported to hospital, and Carfrae who experienced extreme upper leg cramps and did not finish.
|Joe Gambles, Heather Wurtele Earn Breakthrough Wins At Rev3 Quassy
|Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) was the first woman out of the swim with Annabel Luxford (AUS) and Meredith Kessler (USA) not far behind. Pre-race favorites Wurtele, Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) and Heather Jackson (USA) exited the water with some time to make up on the front group.
|Dye, Samuels take Columbia
|Samuels topped the runner-up, Ironman and middle distance star Meredith Kessler of the U.S., by 2:25, and outpaced 3rd-place finisher, Canadian 70.3 star Angela Naeth, by 6:04.
|Kessler powerhouse in St George
|Tuebingen (Bazlen) had more than a four-minute lead on Kessler into T2, which many might consider enough for victory – but not on this course and not when racing an athlete the calibre of Kessler. The purplepatch San Francisco-based pro said she saw Tuebingen at mile 9 on the run course and from then on “did the math”. She said: “I realised if I’m gaining 30 seconds a mile it might be possible to catch her.”
|McMahon Masters, Kessler Keeps Winning in St. George
|Kessler became the U.S. Pro Champion in a time of 4:17:11. The margin was 1:26 over Bazlen, while Wurtele completed the podium with her 4:20:26 clocking.
|McMahon, Kessler win St. George Ironman
Unlike last year, the St. George weather was ideal for the race
|Kessler doesn't live in Utah, but the triathlete may just want to talk to a realtor while she's in St. George. For the second straight year, she won the women's side of the St. George Ironman, tabbed by many to be the toughest Ironman course in the world.
|McMahon, Kessler rule St. George
|On the run Kessler pulled away from Luxford and it was apparent that she was moving faster than Bazlen but not certain if she would have enough time left to make the catch. Kessler though looked faster and faster and with about 4 miles to go in the run Bazlen had Kessler breathing down her neck.
|McMahon, Kessler Take U.S. Pro Championships At St. George
|Kessler slowly chipped away at her lead and eventually took over the top spot. Her 1:22:49 half-marathon split was one of the fastest of the day, giving her what she calls the biggest win of her career in 4:17:11.
|Kessler wins Taupo 2013 I was hurtin for certain!
|I feel like I needed to redeem myself. I keep getting dubbed four time Ironman champion, and last year was only a half, so now we can officially we can say four time and I feel better about that. Thats why I came back. To do it.
|Bevan Docherty, Meredith Kessler Dominate At Ironman New Zealand
|Though the weather couldnt have been more different from 2012, the result was the same for American Meredith Kessler as she added her fifth Ironman victory to her resume.
|Bevan Docherty, Meredith Kessler take Taupo - Ironman New Zealand 2013
|Meredith Kessler did indeed win wire-to-wire although she did not post the fastest run. The San Francisco-based pro, a 4-time Ironman winner, swam 47:37 which gave her a 4:07 lead on 2009 Ironman New Zealand champion and 11-time Ironman distance winner Gina Crawford and 7:03 on Australian Carrie Lester.
|Kemp, Luxford Take Victories At 70.3 Auckland 2013 - Meredith Kessler 3rd Place
|Luxford followed up her field-best swim and bike splits with the best half-marathon time of the pro women. Her 1:29:47 run split was more than enough to give her the 4:19:19 victory. Steffen matched her 2012 Kona performance, finishing in the runner-up spot. Kessler ran her way up to third.
|Frommhold, Corbin Triumph At Ironman Arizona 2012 - Meredith Kessler 2nd Place
|Kessler, whose race in Kona was derailed by a bike crash and subsequent concussion, was happy to end her season on a high note. Kessler led the field from the very beginning, though the 47-time Ironman was spurred by the surprising performance of new pro Haley Chura, 27, who exited the water with Kessler at 50:16.
|Redemption For Van Vlerken, Starykowicz At Ironman Florida - Meredith Kessler 4th Place
|Kessler, a multiple Ironman champion, has had quite the rollercoaster year. She broke her back in a bike crash only weeks ahead of Ironman 70.3 World Championships in September, and just when she was feeling better and having a powerful performance at the Ironman World Championships a few weeks ago, she collided with another competitor and wound up with a concussion.
|Greg Bennett, Meredith Kessler Impress At Vineman 70.3
|Kessler closed her day with a 1:20:58 run split to take the 4:10:15 victory. Hauschildt earned second, with the United States Amy Marsh finishing third.
|Meredith Kessler Wins 2012 Vineman
|Meredith Kessler had over three minutes head start on the bike over Mel Hauschildt and then put another 20seconds on her on the bike. This was just enough to hold out a very fast finishing Hauschildt.
|Cunningham, Naeth Win Tough Rev3 Portland Race 2012 - Meredith Kessler 2nd place
|It was three Americans in Meredith Kessler, Becky Lavelle and Lauren Goss leading the women into T1 in just under 29 minutes. Naeth exited the water about 90 seconds back and quickly put her cycling strength to work.
|Kessler women's champ Ironman Coeur d'Alene 2012
|Meredith Kessler of San Francisco topped the womens field in 9:21:45 on a day that started cold, windy and cloudy, but turned warm and sunny by afternoon.
The 33-year-old, wearing bib number 45 in her 45th Ironman, was also first after the bike, and was never threatened on the run to win by nearly 40 minutes, as she took home a $15,000 first-place prize. It was her second full Ironman title in two months, as she won Ironman St. George in May.
|Viktor Zyemtsev, Meredith Kessler Kessler Earn Victories At Ironman Coeur dAlene 2012
|The United States Meredith Kessler continued her stellar season by taking her fourth win of 2012. Behind the winners, both Canadas Heather Wurtele and the United States Tim ODonnell suffered with bike mechanicals and the United States Chris Lieto pulled out on the bike.
|Craig Alexander, Meredith Kessler Take 70.3 Eagleman 2012
|With Carfrae out of the race and Griesbauer only planning to finish the swim and bike, the race was wide open for Kessler. Coming into T2, Kesslers lead stood at nearly seven minutes to American Margaret Shapiro and more than 10 minutes to Sarah Piampiano.
|Craig Alexander and Kessler take Eagleman - 2012
|Margaret Shapiro found herself chasing Kessler all day - by 1:40 out of the water, by another six minutes on the bike and then throughout the run, which took her three minutes longer than the champ, too.
|Photo Gallery tribute to the last full Ironman St. George - Meredtih Kessler 1st Place 2012
|Meredith Kessler, leading professional women in first lap of the Marathon, 100 S and Main St., Ironman St. George, Utah, May 5, 2012 | Photos by Joyce Kuzmanic, St. George News
|St. George News
|Ben Hoffman, Meredith Kessler Win Final Ironman St. George 2012
|U.S. athletes dominated St. George today when Ben Hoffman and Meredith Kessler became the first Americans to win the notoriously tough race.
|High winds rock St. George Ironman's morning swim, hundreds fail to finish - 2012
|The first woman out of the water, fifth overall, was San Francisco's Meredith Kesler. Another woman, Mackenzie Madison of Eugene, Ore., was about 30 seconds behind Kesler.
|The Salt Lake Tribune
|Ben Hoffman and Meredith Kessler Celebrate Victories in St. George - May 5th, 2012
|Meredith Kessler (USA) was the first professional female to run on to the shore, exiting the water in sixth-place overall. From start to finish, it was Kessler who dominated the race as challenging conditions tested many of the female professionals. The multiple Ironman champion not only captured her first Ironman St. George title, but did it as the eighth overall finisher of the event.
|Endurance Sports Wire
|Andy Potts, Melanie McQuaid Win In Oceanside 2012 - Meredith Kessler 3rd Place
|In the womens race, American Meredith Kessler was first out of the water in a time of 25:31, with former NCAA Div. 1 swimmer Kristen Peterson about a minute behind her. A little more than 2 minutes behind Kessler came a group of six women including Canadians Magali Tisseyre and Rachel McBride.
|Meredith Kessler wins Ironman New Zealand 2012
|Ironman New Zealand 2012 - The women's race proved one-way traffic for Californian Meredith Kessler in her first major international event outside of North America. She was first out of the water before pushing hard with a strong 2:29.57 effort on the 90km bike to open up a 4:30 lead. Kessler was never threatened with the fastest run split to win in 4:22.46, with a remarkable eight minutes back to the chasers.
|Kessler takes Ironman New Zealand 2012
|Ironman New Zealand 2012 - American Meredith Kessler had an easier time of it, posting a 4:22:46 for the only sub 4:30 turned in by a woman on the day. She led from the gun.
|Rapp, Joyce Win ITU Long Distance Worlds 2011 - Meredith Kessler 3rd Place
|Race Recap ITU Long Distance World Championships 2011 - The two Brits, Joyce and Cave, excelled on the run. Joyce had the slight edge over Cave, taking the win in 5:34:15. Cave finished second in 5:37:35, with American Meredith Kessler posting a well-rounded day to take the bronze position.
|Jordan Rapp, Meredith Kessler Lead Team USA at ITU Long Distance Worlds 2011
|In the womens race, Rachel Joyce of Great Britain won gold with a time of 5:34:15, and fellow Brit Leanda Cave finished second in 5:37:35. Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) rounded out the podium with a time of 5:40:45 as the top American finisher.
|Starykowicz, Tisseyre Win Rev3 South Carolina 2011 - Meredith Kessler 3rd Place
|Race Recap Revolution3 South Carolina 2011 - Meredith Kessler seat fell off; rode 20 miles without
|Morales, Jacobs Take Titles At Ironman Wisconsin 2011 - Meredith Kessler 2nd Place
|By the halfway mark on the bike, Kessler maintained her lead, with Gollnick and Wisconsins Jessica Jacobs chasing her down. Despite cycling almost the exact same split as Kessler, Jacobs started the run over 11 minutes behind because she swam that much slower.
|Rapp, Ellis Take Ironman Canada Titles 2011 - Meredith Kessler 3rd Place
|Meredith Kessler made her bid for the win right from the start, leading the women out of the water in 53:31 with Mary Beth Ellis only a few seconds back. The two women raced in front, with Ellis taking over the lead halfway through the bike.
|Graeme OGrady, Meredith Kessler Win Inaugural Rev3 Portland 2011
|Ironman Canada champion Meredith Kessler led the swim, ready to redeem herself after DNFing at her last two races while the favored winner, Kate Major, hung back in fifth place.
|Timo Bracht of Germany and Chrissie Wellington Crowned 2010 Ironman Arizona Champions - Meredith Kessler 4th Place
|Though Cave led in the early miles of the bike, Wellington was firmly in command by the 40-mile mark. Joyce, Kessler, Heather Wurtele and Linsey Corbin rode close behind, pushing the pace but unable to keep up with Wellington, who extended her lead going into the turnaround.
|J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 2010 - Meredith Kessler 1st Place
|J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge Race 2010
|JPMorgan Corporate Challenge
|Former Syracuse Field Hockey Player wins Ironman Canada 2010
|Former Syracuse Field Hockey Player Meredith Kessler wins Ironman Canada
|Syracuse University Sports
|Meredith Kessler Wins Ironman Canada 2010
|Ironman Canada 2010 Recap - In the women's race Meredith Kessler followed up her runner-up spot in Coeur D'Alene with a win today.
|Kessler Wins Hail-Swept Ironman Canada 2010
|Race Recap of Ironman Canada 2010 - But try as she might, Wurtele could not close the gap. Kesslers 3:10:14 marathon was enough to carry her across the line in 9:13:46.
|Meredith Kessler Wins Subaru Ironman Canada 2010
|Race Recap of Ironman Canada 2010 - Kessler extended her lead to win the event with Wurtele finishing second and a hard charging Mackenzie Madison finishing a distant third.
|Meredith Kessler wins the 28th Ironman - 2010
|Race Recap of Ironman Canada 2010 - Second at Ironman Coeur dAlene in June, Kessler finally got the win she was searching for today. Second out of the water, she made her way to the front of the bike, managing to keep away from B.C.s Heather Wurtele.
|Triathlon Magazine Canada
|Americans On Top In Coeur dAlene 2010 To Earn First Ironman Titles - Meredith Kessler 2nd Place
|When bike turned to run, it became clear it was a three-women race as the next closest pursuer was more than 15 minutes back of Kessler, Corbin and Ficker. As Ficker faded, it became a battle between Kessler and Corbin.
|Meredith Kessler 2nd Place Ironman St. George 2010
|Slowtwitch article on Ironman St. George 2010 Meredith Kessler 2nd Place
|Meredtih Kessler 4th Place Ironman 70.3 New Orleans 2010
|Ironman New Orleans 70.3 2010 - The womens race saw more shuffling at the front of the pack throughout the 70.3 miles. American Dede Griesbauer led out of the swim at 27:58. Fellow Americans Meredith Kessler and Amy Marsh trailed not too far behind.
|Ironman Arizona November 2009 - Recap - Meredith Kessler 1st Professional Race
|Ironman Arizona 2010 - (Nov 2009) - 1st Pro Race - Cave remained in front, but by only 4:32, while Meredith Brook Keeran Kessler, the top age grouper at this race last year and in Coeur d'Alene ealier this year who was competing here in Tempe in her first pro Ironman, was in third, five minutes behind the Canadian.
|Ironman Arizona November 2009 - Meredith Kessler 1st Professional Race
|Ironman Arizona 2010 - (Nov 2009) - Relatively unknown Meredith Brook Keeran Kessler was cruising in second position and it appeared that last year's fastest age grouper now tried to duplicate the same feat as a pro. But McGlone wasn't going down easily