Aussie claims first place finish in IronMan competition


by Brittany Gonzalez

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 12:07 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Chances are you didn’t get far around town Sunday without seeing bikers, runners and maybe swimmers leaping out of the Ohio River.

The Ironman competition ran through Jefferson, Oldham and Henry Counties.

This is the 7th year the competition has been featured in Louisville.

The event consisted of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a full marathon.

Crossing the finish line in this year’s IronMan went to Australian native Chris McDonald. He says luck was on his side.

“I lost my spare tire at mile two on the bike. I said a little Hail Mary and I was like please look over me. I’ve got no spares and I can’t afford a flat,” McDonald said.

This is McDonald’s third IronMan win in the last 5 years.

The race started at 7 a.m. with thousands of competitors taking to the waters, then their bikes and then a foot race.

“I went along the bike course a couple of times and now I can’t find him,’ spectator Ely Saldenn, who was there cheering on her fiancée said.

It was a grueling day of physical and mental toughness and not just for the competitors.

“I never seen him do something that takes super long,” a kid said as he waited for his father to cross the finish line in his first IronMan competition.

Many of the athletes are continuing the race into midnight when the race officially ends.