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St. George, Utah–Jackie Arendt (FFT/TIMEX), racing in her professional debut, placed 2nd to Canadian Heather Wurtele at Saturday’s Ironman St. George. Arendt, a two-time podium finisher in the W25-29 age-group in Kona, was 7th overall including pros at last year’s IM StG while racing as an amateur. Arendt simply outlasted the rest of her competitors, save Wurtele, during yesterday’s race on the Utah course that is renowned as being the toughest in the world.
Coming out of the swim in 4th place, Jackie maintained her position throughout the bike, and ran steadily while 70.3 star Jodie Swallow, racing her first Ironman, succumbed to a foot injury, and Merideth Kessler faded during the final 10 kilometers of the run and had to seek medical attention.
Jackie’s performance is all the more impressive considering she works as full-time research chemist. Furthermore, she lives and trains in Madison, WI, a town whose harsh winter kept the lakes frozen until 1 month ago. There was simply no way to be acclimated to the 90-degree race-day temperatures.
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