Every year several of our Pauole Sport athletes qualify for Ironman Hawaii. They earn the opportunity to race amongst the best triathletes in the world at the Ironman World Championships.  This year the following athletes will be racing in Kona. 

 

Road to Kona 2014


Robin Sayed Robin is a three time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned her qualifying slot last year at the Inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe. She had an outstanding race and placed 2nd in her age-group at one of the most challenging Ironman courses in the country.  Robin will start her 2014 race season off at Ironman St. George 70.3 followed by Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  Robin continues to get stronger every year and looks to be very competitive in her new age-group.

 

Road to Kona 2012

Aaron Burby – Aaron is a two time Ironman World Championship qualifier. In April, he secured his qualifying slot for Kona at the this year’s very challenging Ironman South Africa. Aaron had an outstanding race and placed 3rd in his age group!  He swam strong despite the extremely rough conditions on the swim, biked consistent and smart on a very windy course and stayed smooth and focused on the run.  Aaron had one of the fastest marathon run times amongst the age groupers with a 3:11:48.    He executed a fantastic race and earned himself a well deserved trip back to the Ironman World Championships. We are all very proud and happy for Aaron and look forward to seeing him race again in Hawaii!

 

Road to Kona 2011

Dustin Gilbert – Dustin is a first time Ironman Hawaii qualifier and earned a qualifying slot at Ironman Canada. He had an amazing race in his Ironman debut (second triathlon ever) with a time of 9:49:31!! Dustin started his race with a solid swim (1:06:32). He rode very consistent and strong on a challenging bike course (5:18:47). He had a excellent run and moved himself up to 3rd place in his age-group, with a speedy 3:18:20 marathon. Dustin executed a fantastic race and earned a well deserved Kona slot. We are happy for his success and look forward to seeing him race in Hawaii!

Kathryn Klepinger – Kathryn is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned a well deserved Kona slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene. She executed an excellent race and placed second in the 50-54 age group with an impressive time of 12:01:30! Kathryn was so strong and focused all day and continued to move up the field with a strong bike (6:12:07) and run (4:17:17). The past several years of dedicated and consistent training paid off for Kathryn. We are so excited and proud of her and look forward to watching her race in Kona in October!

Cathleen Knutson - Cathleen is a two time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned her qualifying slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene. She had a fantastic race and improved tremendously over her last year’s performance. Cathleen started her race with a swim PR (1:10:49) and the fastest bike split in her age group (5:26:56) and then ran a speedy and strong marathon (3:34:14). She executed a perfect race and placed 1st in her age group and was the second amateur female with a time of 10:16:02! We are all proud and excited for Cathleen and her amazing accomplishments and look forward to seeing her race again in Kona!

Cindy Rach - Cindy qualified for the Ironman World Championships for the second time at Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  Cindy had an outstanding race with a time of 13:47:06 and lead her age group (65-69) from start to finish! She started her race with a good swim (1:30:05).  She rode consistent and smart on a very hilly bike course (6:38:17) and stayed focused and strong on the run (5:25:00).  Cindy’s strong performance earned her a well deserved Kona slot and we all look forward to seeing her race again in Hawaii!

Robin Sayed - Robin is a two time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned her qualifying slot in June at Ironman Coeur D'Alene. She had an outstanding race and placed 3rd in the very competitive 40-44 age group with a time of 11:16:21! Robin had a swim PR (1:06:37) and the fastest bike split in her age group of 5:34:46. Robin’s strong work ethic, focus, and desire to excel continues to impress her teammates. We are very happy for Robin and look forward to seeing her race in Hawaii!

 

Judy Sentz – Judy is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier. She earned her Ironman slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene in June. Judy had a very impressive race and placed 1st in her age-group (60-64) with a time of 14:28:49! All of her hard work and consistent training all year paid off as she came out of the swim in 1:19:42 and continued with a strong bike and solid run. We are all very proud of Judy and her accomplishments and we are excited to see her race in Kona!

Lisa Walker – Lisa qualified for the Ironman World Championships for the fourth time.  She secured her qualifying slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene by winning her age group with a time of 11:15:22!  Lisa lead her age group from start to finish.  She had a great swim (1:05:13), a superb bike (5:57:34) and ran a very strong marathon (4:06:50).  Lisa executed a fantastic race and we are excited to be supporting her in Kona.

 

 

Road to Kona 2010

 

John Bergen John qualified for the Ironman World Championships for the second time.  In April, he secured his qualifying slot for Kona 2010 at the very challenging Ironman Australia.  John had an outstanding race of 9:47:50!!  He started his race with an exceptionally strong swim (53:18).  He rode consistent and smart on a very hilly and rough bike course (5:19:13).  Staying focused and strong on the run,  John moved himself up in his age-group, with a solid 3:30:30 marathon.  John executed a fantastic race and earned a well deserved Kona slot.  We are all very proud and happy for him and look forward to seeing him race again in Hawaii!

Cathleen Knutson - Cathleen is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned her qualifying slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  Cathleen started her amazing performance with a huge swim PR (1:13:37) and the fastest bike split in her age group (5:32:18) and then ran a very strong marathon (3:51:08).  Cathleen executed a perfect race and placed 1st in her age group with a time of 10:42:03!  She has improved year after year and her hard work and dedication to reaching her goals paid off.  We are all proud and happy for Cathleen and look forward to seeing her race in Kona!

Lisa Walker – Lisa qualified for the Ironman World Championships for the third time.  She secured her qualifying slot at Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  Lisa had an outstanding race and placed 3rd in her age-group with a time of 11:29:48!  She started her race with a great swim (1:04:26), she biked (6:17:10) and moved her way up with a very strong run and the fastest marathon split in her age-group (4:01:30).  Lisa executed a fantastic race and we are excited to be supporting her in Kona!

Leslye Teuber Leslye is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier and earned her qualifying slot at Ironman Canada.  This was Leslye’s first Ironman and she executed a fantastic race.  She won her age–group (65-69) in 14:24:46! 

She was so strong and focused all day and ran a negative split on her marathon.  Leslye also had a great race in June at New Balance Victoria Half Ironman where she also won her age group.  We are so happy for Leslye and look forward to watching her race in Kona!

Brian Dillon - This will be Brian’s first time racing at Ironman Hawaii.  He was one of the lucky 150 lottery winners this year!  Brian has raced at several Half Ironman’s including Wildflower and Boise 70.3.  He has also completed in many 50K’s and completed the Mountain to Sound race twice.  Brian is very excited to compete in Kona and looks forward to finishing his first Ironman in October.

 

 

Road to Kona 2009

Hallie Truswell – Hallie is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier.  She secured her Ironman slot at Ironman Australia in April.  Hallie had an outstanding race and placed 3rd in her age-group with a time of 11:23:07!  The long and grueling hours that she put in at the pool, on the bike trainer and in the cold rainy weather paid off as her swim, bike and run splits were all very strong.  Hallie started her race off with a blazing fast swim of 56:21!! We are all very proud of Hallie and her accomplishments and we are excited to see her race in Kona!

Teresa Nelson – Teresa qualified for the Ironman World Championships for the second time in a row.  In May she raced at St. Croix 70.3, one of the toughest Half Ironman’s around, and won her age group with a time of 5:06:26!  She had an exceptional race and her swim and bike splits were right up with the professional women.  Her hard work and dedication all winter paid off and we look forward to supporting Teresa in Kona!

Robin Sayed - Robin is a first time Ironman Hawaii qualifier.  She earned her qualifying slot in June at Ironman Coeur D'Alene.  She had a fantastic race and placed 3rd in her age group with a time of 10:57:27! Robin’s focus on the bike paid off with the fastest bike split in her age group of 5:35:16.  Her dedication in her training is impressive with all of her other responsibilities.  Robin is a mother of 2 and works full time.  We are looking forward to seeing Robin race in Hawaii!

Aaron Burby – Aaron is a first time Ironman World Championship qualifier.  He earned his qualifying slot at the always challenging Ironman Canada.  Aaron had an exceptionally strong race season leading up to Canada with outstanding performances at Escape from Alcatraz and New Balance Half Ironman.  Aaron started his qualifying performance with a superb swim split (1:00:52) and a very strong bike leg (5:22:33).  He stayed strong and focused on the run and finished in 10:05:40!  We are all extremely proud and happy for Aaron and look forward to seeing him race again in October!

 

Greg Pelton - This will be Greg’s first time racing at the World Championships in Kona.  Greg was one of the lucky 150 lottery winners this year! Greg has raced at Ironman Arizona and Ironman Grand Columbian.  He has also completed countless Half Ironman races.  Greg had an exceptionally strong race this year at the Satsop Sprint Triathlon where he won the race!  Greg is very deserving of the Ironman Hawaii lottery slot and we look forward to seeing him run down Ali’i drive

 

 

Road to Kona History