Hainan Island, China
April 19, 2009
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
In conditions rivaling the toughest of any race on earth, with temperatures as high as 116 degrees and pure humidity, Australian Chris McCormack took the Title at the Ironman 70.3 China on the island of Haikou. Many Triathlon races come with the reputation of consistent heat and humidity, but this race took that claim to a new level. Throughout the majority of the run, temperatures hovered around 115 degrees with 90 percent humidity. Needless to say, the medical tent was the place to be post-race.The swim opened the day with mild temperatures in the high 70’s. The swim in the Nandu River gave racers an added challenge to the already grueling 1.2-mile swim. The river featured a strong current on race day, making the turn around difficult for many swimmers. The skilled swimmers used the current to their advantage, with Aussie Luke McKenzie coming out of the water first with two-time World Champion McCormack and a few others just twenty seconds back.In an event that melted some of the best athletes in the world, it was no to surprise to see McCormack and McKenzie take immediate command of the race on the bike, putting several minutes on their closest chasers within mile twenty of the bike. That’s when the lovable Aussie, known best as ‘Macca’ opened it up, destroying the second half of the 56-mile bike course and taking a commanding lead he would never give up.Demonstrating his quick transition skills developed in his short-course World Championship days Macca was fast to make the jump from bike to run. While Ironman 70.3 China featured several top professionals, with many in peak shape after logging consistent hours and long training camps, the race came down to one thing: who could handle the heat on the run? The race commentator put it best, it was here on the run that the “Macca show” took place.“It was utterly brutal conditions out there,” stated McCormack after the win. “It was like racing in a bowl of hot soup. I’m glad I had a nice lead off the bike and was able to take it pretty easy on the run.”McCormack’s next race will be in Morgan Hill, California on May 17th. From there, he will then race at Ironman Austria 70.3 in May and Challenge France in June. McCormack will then be defending his Title at the European Ironman Championships at Ironman Frankfurt on July 5th.
Ironman China 70.3
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
Top Five Men:
1st – Chris McCormack – 4:04:44
2nd – Luke McKenzie – 4:23:34
3rd – Mark Jansen – 4:38:11
4th – Ken Glah – 4:46:12
5th – Paul Matthews – 5:00:00
Macca, pictured here with his agent Scott on board of a private jet on his way back to LA. As you can tell by the shirt he’s wearing, “Team Miller”provided him with the ‘Royal Treatment’.
In spite of the missed scheduled event at Red’s, his visit to Lafayette was a lot of fun and has made memories for life!
Due to inclement weather conditions, it is impossible for Chris McCormack to make it into Lafayette in time for the scheduled event.
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Chris McCormack (born 4 April 1973) is an Australian triathlete, known affectionately to the triathlon community as Macca. McCormack began competing on international-distance courses in 1996, winning both the 1997 Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU World Cup Series; to date, no-one else has won both titles in a single year.
After shifting focus to longer distance racing he displayed exceptional aptitude for the distance winning many races. McCormack won Ironman Australia in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Twice he has finished the Quelle Challenge Roth, an Iron-Distance triathlon in under 8 hours, a feat only 5 other athletes have completed. In 2007 he won the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii after 6 attempts at the race coming as close as second, within 2 minutes of the winner, in 2006.
Chris was born in Sydney, Australia on 4 April 1973, of a New Zealand-born mother (Theresa) and an Australian father (Ken). When Chris was a toddler his family moved to the Sutherland Shire in Southern Sydney.
At Primary School Chris tackled many team sports. He joined the school soccer, rugby and later the basketball teams and was accomplished at all. However Chris was discouraged with team sports as not everyone gave 100% all the time. McCormack’s high school years were spent at Kirrawee High School, a public school in Sydney’s South, where Chris continued his sporting endeavours winning several distinguished sporting awards including the ‘NSW Sporting Blue’ for the best athlete in the state. After graduating in the top 10% of the State, Chris decided to further his studies completing a Bachelor of Economics degree at the University of New South Wales.
Chris lost his mother, Theresa, to breast cancer on 26 April 1999, in the year leading up to the Sydney Olympics (2000).
Chris married his long term girlfriend Emma-Jane in August 2003 and their first daughter was born in January 2004. Their second daughter, Sienna Lily was born on 14 September 2006, at Kareena private Hospital in the south of Sydney.
When he is not training, Chris enjoys surfing and relaxing with family and friends.
Chris entered the professional triathlon circuit in 1996, having won the Australian Junior Championship in 1993, and rapidly rose to success only eight months after his debut, taking the World No. 1 position and defeating arguably the strongest field ever assembled in triathlon history to win both the 1997 Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU World Cup Series. Macca is credited with being the first male triathlete ever to win both titles (the double) in the same year.
After a devastating domestic season in 2000, culminating in a sprint finish for the Australian Triathlon title in Mooloolaba, where he was again runner up, Chris was controversially left off the Australian Olympic Team (Sydney 2000) despite being the highest Australian on the world rankings (number 3). He immediately left Australian shores, bewildered at the national selectors’ decision to leave him off his first Olympic Team. Disillusioned with Australian racing, Chris relocated to America where he was undefeated for 18 months.
Before moving to Ironman distance races Chris won almost every major short course title on the global triathlon calendar including the ITU World Cup Series, Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon as well as some of the sport’s most prestigious triathlon events: Goodwill Games, Mrs T’s Chicago International Triathlon, San Diego International Triathlon, New York City International Triathlon and LA International Triathlon. He also became the first triathlete in a decade to capture the US Triple Crown. In 2001, Chris was again crowned Global Triathlete Of The Year and Competitor Of The Year and became the only triathlete ever to hold the USA Professional Championship Title and the USA Sprint Course Title in one season.
In 2002, Macca shifted his focus to Ironman racing. He won Ironman Australia on debut in 2002 and then defended that title in 2003, winning again in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Macca’s first race at the distance in Europe in 2003 eventuated in one of the sport’s greatest races in Roth, Germany, where Macca was beaten in a sprint finish by Lothar Leder (winner of more than 13 Ironman events). Macca won the event eventually in 2005.
Chris has taken his time to understand what it takes to win the Ironman World Championships at Hawaii. After leading the 2002 race into the second transition, Chris “melted” in Kona’s lava field marathon and failed to finish on his first attempt. He finished in 2003 in 9:32:11, a long way back from the winner. In 2004 he again failed to finish and abandoned into a race vehicle driven by six-time World Champion Mark Allen, who counseled Macca to race fewer iron-distance races during the year. In 2005 he was able to finish 6th with the fastest run split of the day. 2006 saw Chris finish Hawaii in second place in one of the closest finishes seen in a long time. After Normann Stadler completed a new course record bike time of 4:18 Chris started the run some 10 minutes down. After running a 2:46 marathon time he was just 71 seconds behind Normann Stadler at the finish but he had given it absolutely everything he had.
He finally became Ironman World Champion in 2007, with a winning time of 8:15:34, including a 2:42 marathon in very hot conditions.