Three time's the charm - Ben Hoffman Champion, Ironman St. George, Utah, May 5, 2012 | Photo by Dallas Hyland, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – Ben Hoffman, 28, of Grand Junction, Colo. racing his third Ironman St. George, took the Ironman St. George Championship May 5 with a 9:07 time on the last planned full Ironman in the friendly city encased in red rocks.
“It was a hard day,” said Hoffman. “It was the hardest race I’ve ever done, I mean, hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done.”
No doubt it was hard. The morning started at Sand Hollow reservoir with water like glass which quickly turned to two foot white caps when the wind kicked up, causing considerable difficulty for many competitors. The wind continued to present a challenge to those who completed the swim and took off on their bikes. But finish they did, most of them. And Hoffman took the title.
St. George News offers this gallery of photos taken throughout the day. A day marked by triathletes of considerable determination, the ever-important supporters, volunteers and staff involved that make such a high energy, multi-distance, event such a success. It cannot be trite to say that it was historic – it happened, it was remarkable and it is memorable, in part because it is St. George’s third hosting of the event and the last planned full Ironman here. Enjoy a revisit of the day from the vantage point of our photographers.
And more photos
St. George News photo journalist, Todd Tischler, found a lot of competitors all too ready for the camera – shown here at the top of our thumbnail gallery.
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Joyce Kuzmanic has been editor in chief of St. George News since 2012, having contributed as a reporter and assistant editor since the publication's inception in 2010. Before St. George News, Joyce has been a private business owner and enjoyed a long career as a paralegal in real estate, business and tax law transactions.
She enjoys hospitality, thinking, reading and adventuring in the great outdoors. Joyce currently resides in St. George with her husband and her dog, Scratch.