Boingo-Sponsored Ironman Athlete wins 70.3 World Championship


Cherie Gruenfeld (right) hoists the Ironman 70.3 World Championship trophy

Boingo has sponsored Cherie Gruenfeld, world-class Ironman athlete, for several years, mostly because of the phenomenal work she does through Exceeding Expectations, her non-profit organization that uses sports to help at-risk kids set and achieve goals to move their lives in a healthy, positive direction. She also writes the occasional blog post for us about keeping fit and healthy on the road or setting goals throughout your life.

But once in a while, we get to hold up Cherie for her own spectacular achievements. This weekend, Cherie competed in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas and ran away with her division, significantly outpacing her competition.

From Cherie’s husband, Lee:

The field of some 2,000 athletes at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas was sucker-punched by thermonuclear heat that led to unconfirmed but plausible reports of people spontaneously exploding out on the race course. Ironman is supposed to be hard — competitors like it when it’s hard — but it’s not supposed to top 104 degrees.

Which might explain why Cherie was able to capture first place in her division by a whopping forty minutes against the best in the world. After a summer spent training in the furnace known as the Coachella Valley, she barely noticed the conditions while her competition wilted visibly. This was her fourth victory in four races this season at the 70.3 distance, also known as a half Ironman, and this one also conferred the title of World Champion.

It all bodes well for her attempt to capture an eleventh world title in the full-distance Ironman Championship next month in Hawai’i. Stay tuned…

We’d like to offer our congratulations to Cherie on her World Championship, as well as our best wishes for the Ironman Championships in Kona next month. But most of all, we’d like to thank Cherie for her tireless efforts with the at-risk kids who participate in the programs offered by Exceeding Expectations.

Cherie prepares for the start of the Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Cherie transitions from bike to run at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships

Cherie Gruenfeld makes her way toward the finish line in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas

Cherie Gruenfeld is congratulated by Paula Newby-Fraser, Ironman World Champion

About Christian

Christian Gunning -- Boingo's vice president of corporate communication -- has been with the company since its beginning in 2001. Always willing to regale you with stories of the early days when Wi-Fi was still called 802.11b and we had to explain how you could get the Internet without a wire, he's grown to love the new world where wireless Internet is expected.
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