Arizona and Cozumel entry lists feature interesting names

The post-Kona race calendar includes some interesting characters. A look at the Ironman Arizona and Ironman Cozumel race fields.

| October 25, 2017 | NEWS

Sebastian Kienle has entered Ironman Cozumel, Lionel Sanders returns to Ironman Arizona.

Sebastian Kienle has entered Ironman Cozumel, Lionel Sanders returns to Ironman Arizona.

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It doesn't look like we'll see another Sebastian Kienle / Lionel Sanders showdown in 2017 - the German appears on the entry list for Ironman Cozumel, while the Canadian looks to be making a return to Arizona next month.

It's always fun to have a look at the start lists for the Ironman events on the calendar after Kona as athletes look to start the qualifying process for next year's race. (And even more fun trying to figure out who will actually end up at the race - as you'll see from the entry lists below, many pros are entered in both races!)

Both Sanders and Kienle hardly have to worry about earning enough points to be back on the start line next year (and Kienle, as the 2014 champion, just has to finish an Ironman to validate his spot on the start list), but both are likely looking to get their Ironman commitment out of the way to give them more options in 2018.

Sanders has spoken quite openly about the fact that he felt his focus on shorter races for much of 2018 allowed him to arrive in Kona fresh and ready to go for the title. His runner-up finish certainly attests to the success of that plan.

Racing in Cozumel will open up some other options for Kienle in 2018. He's the three-time winnter of the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, but could enjoy some additional bargaining power when it comes to negotiating where he'll race in 2018, if he does at all. Might we see Kienle take on the Challenge Roth course next July?

Arizona speed-fest?

Last year Sanders set what was, for about eight months, the fastest men's time ever for an Ironman race when he took the Arizona title in 7:44:29. Fellow Canadian Brent McMahon was second in that race, adding yet another sub-eight-hour performance to his resume with a 7:50 clocking. McMahon had to pull out in Kona on the bike after suffering from a jelly-fish sting.

The women's race could turn into a fun battle between Heather Jackson, Michelle Vesterby and Kaisa Sali. Jackson had another fantastic day in Kona, finishing fourth (she's finished fifth, third and fourth over the last three years). Vesterby, uncharacteristically, had a tough day in Kona after a few years of solid performances on the Big Island and looks to get back on track in Tempe. Earlier this year Vesterby had set her sights on a fast time at Ironman Austria - will she get her wish and set a new Danish full-distance record? Sali repeated her fifth-place finish in Kona this year and is obviously fit. Other names to add to the mix include Sarah Piampiano and possibly Kelly Williamson and Angela Naeth - they are entered in both Arizona and Cozumel.

Cozumel countdown

It's hard to imagine that Kienle, if he's recovered at all from his efforts in Kona, will have much difficulty taking the Cozumel title. It is interesting to see Matt Russell's name on the start list, but one would imagine that the American will still be recovering from his horrific crash on the Big Island and isn't likely to race.

The women's race has all kinds of potential. Germany's Anja Beranek looks to be starting her Kona 2018 quest early, as does country-woman Sonja Tajsich. Vesterby's name is down for Cozumel, too, but she has said she'll be aiming for Arizona. Alicia Kaye will certainly be one to keep an eye on - she and Olympian-husband Jarrod Shoemaker are both on the start list for Cozumel. Super-biker Rachel McBride will no doubt look to blast through Cozumel's flat bike course on her Diamondback Andean.

Another athlete entered in both races might be looking to make her Ironman debut this fall - Helle Frederiksen. The Dane finished second at the ITU Long Distance World Championship earlier this year, finishing second to Sarah Crowley and completing the longest run of her life in the process. The holder of the fastest half-distance time ever is brimming with potential over the full-distance.

 

2017 Ironman Arizona entry list

November 19, 2017

First name

Last name

MIchael Patrick

Alonso McKernan

Blake

Becker

Andreas

Borch

Christian

Brader

James

Capparell

Daniel

Clarke

Karl-Johan

Danielsson

Inaki

de la Parra

Victor

Del Corral

Ivan

Dominguez

Nathan

Dressel

Tyler

Ems

Jonathan

Fecik

Thomas

Gerlach

Pedro

Gomes

Philip

Graves

Elmar

Heger

Tripp

Hipple

Tripp

Hipple

Jeremy

Jurkiewicz

Christian

Kemp

Clint

Kimmins

Colin

Laughery

Jim

Lubinski

Charles

Maltha

Brent

McMahon

Vincent

Morizot

Ryan

Rau

Philipp

Reiner

Steve

Rosinski

Lionel

Sanders

Robbie

Wade

Nicholas

Ward Munoz

Jen

Annett

Liz

Baugher

Hayley

Benson

Uli

Bromme

Whitney

Burdzilauskas

Aine

Donegan

Katy

Evans

Amber

Ferreira

Christine

Fletcher

Helle

Frederiksen

Erin

Green

Robyn

Hardage

Corina

Hengartner

Heather

Jackson

Sarah

Jarvis

Danielle

Mack

MacKenzie

Madison

Caroline

Martineau

Melanie

McQuaid

Julia

Montgomery

Angela

Naeth

Sarah

Piampiano

Darbi

Roberts

Jodie

Robertson

Kaisa

Sali

Carla

Schubiger

BIanca

Steurer

Alexandra

Tondeur

Natasha

Van Der Merwe

Michelle

Vesterby

Kelly

Williamson

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2017 Ironman Cozumel entry list

November 26, 2017

First name

Last name

Blake

Becker

Max

Biessman

Miquel

Blanchart Tinto

Alan

Carillo Avila

Gregory

Close

Justin

Daerr

Martijn

Dekker

Trevor

Delsaut

Patrick

Evoe

Frederic

Garcia

Samuel

Huerzeler

Jeremy

Jurkiewicz

Sebastian

Kienle

Peter

Kotland

Sam

Long

Andrey

Lyatskiy

Albert

Moreno Molins

Sebastian

Pedraza

Jens

Petersen-Bach

Kennett

Peterson

Michael

Poole

Matt

Russell

Stefan

Schmid

Jonathan

Shearon

Jarrod

Shoemaker

Palmilla

Alvarez

Anne

Basso

Anja

Beranek

Steph

Corker

Camille

Deligny

Jessie

Donavan

Helle

Frederiksen

Kendra

Goffredo

Caroline

Gregory

Dede

Griesbauer

Rachel

Hallam

Christine

Hammond

Jennie

Hansen

Sue

Huse

Kirsty

Jahn

Alicia

Kaye

Rachel

McBride

Angela

Naeth

Ashley

Paulson

Lisa

Roberts

Celine

Schaerer

Sonja

Tajsich

Alexandra

Tondeur

Michelle

Vesterby

Kelly

Williamson

Kelsey

Withrow

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