Former Steelers WR Ward completes Ironman triathlon
By The Associated Press
Published: Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, 10:09 a.m.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — Former Steelers star Hines Ward added a new title to his resume Saturday. Not content with the titles of football and dancing star, Ward now is an Ironman.
The two-time Super Bowl winner finished one of the world's most challenging triathlon courses in 13 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds.
Ward was the 1,680th athlete to cross the finish line after a 2.4-mile ocean swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a full 26.2-mile marathon. He finished the swim in 1:20:01, the bike ride in 6:21:12 and the run in 5:12:56.
The former NFL star and “Dancing With the Stars” winner trained for nearly a year with triathlon legend Paula Newby-Fraser.
“When I first started, it was raining one day, and I even asked Paula if I should be running in the rain. I never thought I could run further than a mile,” Ward said. “This has been a life-changing experience for me.”
Belgium's Frederik Van Lierde won the Ironman World Championship, running down the leaders and bursting into the lead with less than 10 miles to go.
Australia's Mirinda Carfrae took the women's race for the second time, shaving nearly 2 minutes off the course record and lowering her own race marathon record by nearly 3 minutes.
In muggy but calm conditions, the 34-year-old Van Lierde finished in 8:12:29 to become the second Belgian winner. It was the eighth-fastest time in the 35-year history of the event.
“I tried to be smart, and it worked out,” said Van Lierde, who was third last year. “After last year, I believed I could do it. I worked hard this year. This is amazing. I don't understand yet what this means to me. This is the best crowd you can imagine. Thank you so much, everybody.”
Australia's Luke McKenzie was second, followed by Germany's Sebastian Kienle.
Luc Van Lierde was the first Belgian winner in 1996. The two are not related but are good friends.
Carfrae, 32, also the 2010 winner, finished in 8:52:14 to break the mark of 8:54:02 set by Britain's Chrissie Wellington in 2009. She ran the marathon in 2:50:39 — the third-fastest overall time of the day.
“I felt unbelievable today. Beautiful weather,” Carfrae said. “And the crowd is incredible.”
Britain's Rachel Joyce was second, and countrywoman Liz Blatchford finished third.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Keisel might be at end of Steelers career
- Steelers create cap space by re-signing Polamalu, Miller
- 6 players the Steelers will be watching at NFL Combine
- Steelers’ Worilds signs transition tag
- Steelers use transition tag on LB Worilds