TriNews: Ironman Champ Haley Chura Joins, Plus Recaps on IMAZ and Recent Races, Triathletes Gettin’ Hitched, and More

November 19, 2014
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On this episode Tawnee and Thorsten catchup on the latest and talk with professional triathlete and Ironman champion Haley Chura, 29, who recently won her first Ironman in Brazil at Ironman Fortaleza. On this show we’ll hear all about her victory and that gnarly course, plus Haley’s experiences since going pro in 2013, racing Kona last year, the road to future World Championships, her swim prowess, and more.

Follow Haley on her blog and website at, and twitter at @haleychura.

Race news and more covered in this show includes:

Racing weekend Nov. 8-9, 2014:

Challenge Foster

  • Winner
    Men: Mitchell Robbins (AUS)
    Women: Liz Blatchford (GBR)

70.3 Mandurah

  • Winner
    Men: Michael Raelert (GER)
    Women: Annabel Luxford (AUS)
  • Notables
    Men: strong field including Tim Reed (2nd), Chris Kemp (3rd), Luke Bell (4th), Craig Alexander (6th)
    Women: Caroline Steffen (2nd), Nikki Butterfield (3rd), Anja Beranek (4th), Rachel Joyce (5th), Rebekah Keat (6th), Mareen Hufe (7th)

IM Fortaleza

  • Podium
    Men: 1. Guilherme Manocchio (BRA) 8:30:16, 2. Eneko Llanos (ESP) 8:32:02, 3. Thiago Vinhal (BRA) 8:52:54
    Women: 1. Haley Chura (USA) 9:09:20, 2. Ariane Monticeli (BRA) 9:41:55, 3. Jessie Donavan (USA) 9:51:33

Racing weekend Nov. 15-16, 2014:

Challenge Shepparton

  • Winner
    Men: Josh Amberger (AUS)
    Women: Annabel Luxford (AUS)
  • Notable
    Last Australian Pro race for Belinda Granger, Berkel pulled out (hip issue)

IM 70.3 Ballarat

  • Winner
    Men: Michael Raelert (GER)
    Women: Melanie McQuaid (CAN)
    IM Arizona
  • Podium
    Men: 1. Brent McMahon (CAN) 7:55:38, 2. Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP) 8:00:32, 3. Jordan Rapp (USA) 8:03:04
    Women: 1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 8:50:41, 2. Lisa Hütthaler (AUT) 8:58:46, 3. Heather Jackson (USA) 9:08:57
  • Notable
    Fastest debut IM for Brent McMahon (one of three sub-8 debuts)
    bike course record for Jordan Rapp

Upcoming Races

Ironman Cozumel (Nicola Spirig IM debut!)

Ironman Western Australia (what a women’s field! Yvonne Van Vlerken, Beth Gerdes, Liz Lyles, Liz Blatchford, Bree Wee, Kate Bevilaqua, Asa Lundstroem, Mareen Hufe, Sarah Piampiano)

Other Triathlon News

Challenge North America will have a Championship Race (Knoxville, TN in May 2016) and will offer Pro purses and pay 10 deep, more details to come.

Weddings: Faris Al-Sultan & Ina Reinders, Danielle Kehoe & Jeff Mack

Engaged: Ben Hoffman & Kelsey Deery

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