TEAM BOINGO: Cherie Gruenfeld Wins Another Ironman World Championship


She’s done it again! Our resident butt-kicker and personal hero extraordinaire recently captured her 11th age group win at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawai’i.

It was an unusually tough race for all competitors, facing strong currents on the swim and high winds on the bike, including driving rain for a ten-mile stretch in the middle. Cherie came off the bike in second place, and captured the lead before they got out of transition. At that point, Cherie never looked back and finished with a 25-minute margin of victory (13:35:14).

Fun facts about Cherie’s latest Ironman World Championship:

  • This was Cherie’s eleventh age group win in her 18th entry in the Ironman World Championship in Hawai’i (.611 winning percentage).
  • While the tough conditions made it difficult to set any new records, she remains the Ironman World Championships world record holder in 65-69 age group, at 13 hours, 16 minutes.
  • She rode the whole thing with a loose stem after a part broke on her bike the day before the race with no replacements available. (She was probably the only person in the Ironman who welcomed the high winds because they drowned out the noise coming from the bike.)
  • She is one of only five triathletes to achieve “The Double” in 2012, winning both the Ironman 70.3 (aka Half Ironman) and Ironman World Championships.
  • She won all five Ironman events she entered this year.

Please join us in congratulating Cherie on her win! And if you’ve ever considered becoming an Ironman athlete (or wondered what it took to be an Ironman), Cherie is a great resource. She wrote the book on it. Literally.

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