Well recognized for his 2015 North American Ironman Championships win, Matt Hanson lined up on Sunday to race the Des Moines Triathlon Olympic distance event to fire up the legs on the shorter distance and came away with the win.
As a long distance triathlete, Hanson was unsure how the race would play out “I really didn’t know what to expect going in to this race. I haven’t raced many Olympic distance races and I’m currently in a build for a full Ironman later this month. This win was a big confidence builder for me moving into the races I’m targeting later in the season.”
With a middle of the pack swim, 1 minute down from the front runner TJ Tollakson, 3rd fastest bike – approximately 2 minutes off race best ride by Tollakson who ended up having to settle for 6th place finish overall (Tollakson is still recovering from a knee surgery and just getting back into running), Hanson pulled out a blistering 31:28 10 km run split which was enough to catapult him into the lead to win in 1:50:35, 2:06 ahead of 2nd place Will Jurkowski and 2:36 up on 3rd place Timothy Winslow.
“I was pretty happy with my swim overall, I got on to the bike in 6th and slowly worked my way up over the first half of the bike. Shortly after the half way point, I moved into second and stayed there for the rest of the ride. I wasn’t able to put much time on the group behind me and two of them came into T2 just seconds behind me. I didn’t know how far down I was from the lead going into the run, but there was a turn-around at mile 1 where I was able to get a split. At that point, I was about 2 min down. By the second mile, the lead was in sight and I slowly chipped away at the gap and took over the lead around mile 3. I ended up being able to hold on from there for the win.”
Hanson is currently in a full build for IRONMAN Chattanooga on September 25th, which he previously won in 2014, but was happy to have an opportunity to race in his home state of Iowa at the Des Moines Triathlon, Hanson’s first attempt at the event “I have wanted to do this race for a long time, it just never fit into my schedule. The Des Moines Tri (formerly HyVee Tri) has a great reputation for being very well organized and having a great course. It definitely did not disappoint! This year, the race finally worked well with my schedule.”
1. Matt Hanson 1:50:35
2. Will Jurkowski 1:52:41
3. Timothy Winslow 1:53:11
4. Thomas Gerlach 1:53:21
5. Colin Riley 1:53:34