American Lindsey Jerdonek had to fight right to the line to claim her first professional half-distance win at Ironman 70.3 Eagleman on the weekend.

Text By Rob Sheeley | Image By Finisherpix/Ironman Media


Jerdonek staved off the efforts of a fast finishing Alissa Doehla to win by a mere 19-seconds with Dede Grisbauer five minutes away in third.

An excited Jerdonek told Witsup just how much the win meant to her.

“The win at Eagleman 70.3 was unexpected and special, having raced it during my first pro season in 2009 when I lived in nearby D.C.

“Also, the race director sent me a photo of the Eagleman 70.3 monument in Cambridge where my name will be added to the list of previous winners–how cool is that?”

Jerdonek was on the pace throughout the race, exiting the water in a lead back that included Grisbauer, Leanda Cave and Sheila Treleaven.

Grisbauer produced the fastest bike-split of the day to lead into T2, albeit narrowly over Jerdonak.

“I exited the water with the lead group and hurried through transition to be ready for how things would play out on the bike. I lead the first 11 miles until Dede and Leanda went around me.

“Dede ratcheted up the pace and I decided to go with her. By mile 30 I was acutely aware that I was riding Dede’s half-ironman pace and not necessarily mine.

“I yo-yoed off the back at times, but hung in for the rest of the ride, not wanting to give back time to the rest of the field if I let off the gas.”

Jerdonek backed up her solid bike-leg with a 1:30:25 half-marathon to take the victory, narrowly holding off the flying Doehla. The run of Doehla was an eye-catcher, with her 1:23:44 some six minutes faster than anyone else and almost enough to ambush Jerdonak.

“On the run, I wasn’t sure of the time gaps to other women, so I focused on running smoothly and taking in fluids since it’s hot, humid and exposed on that course.

“I didn’t want to sacrifice the lead because of a melt down! With a half mile to go, I heard from spectators that another athlete (Alissa) was “a half block behind me” and closing fast, so all the fatigue I felt disappeared in an instant and I RAN to the finish.”

The victory agaist some established opposition is sure to be a confidence booster for Jerdonek heading into the second half of the year.

Ironman 70.3 Eagleman 2017 Results

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