by Lauren Lipsey
By Mike Stanek
The TL/DR is that I recommend this race. Atlantic City is weird and super sketchy, but the race is close and convenient. And while not the fastest course out there, it is fast enough to have a solid time—maybe even a PR. I was super happy with the result after putting in some hard work this season with my coach Darren, and I am pumped for 2018 Worlds in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
For those of you with more time to kill…
District Multisport congratulates Jenn Rentch, who was invited to race the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee as part of Women for Tri! Women for Tri is a program of the IRONMAN Foundation that seeks to encourage and increase female participation in the sport.
According to IRONMAN, the 200 slots in Chattanooga were allocated to “top performing female triathletes based on the athlete’s total 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Age Group Ranking points.” Revenue from their race registrations will go toward the Women for Tri’s collegiate and athlete grants.
After racing for ten years and consistently placing in her age group, Jenn is excited that she and other women frequently “in the mix” will get a chance to race on the world stage.
“It’s nice to see the appreciation of the IM foundation for some of us that have come so close so often, “ she said.
Jenn is also excited about Chattanooga’s new format this year. For the first time in IRONMAN history, the race will be split over two days to separate male and female professional and age group athletes.
In addition to increased participation, perhaps this means better female positioning in the swim and some more breathing room in the transition area? We’ll have to see come September 9th and 10th!