Rudy von Berg (USA) and Kat Matthews (GBR) claim victories at the Memorial Herman IRONMAN The Americas Championship Texas
The Woodlands welcomed the return of Memorial Herman IRONMAN The Americas Championship Texas triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series to the Lone Star State on Saturday, April 22. In a thrilling sprint finish, Rudy von Berg (USA) made a last-minute surge to capture the overall victory with a time of 7:44:51. In the women’s race, Kat Matthews (GBR) claimed an inspiring victory in a triumphant return to full-distance IRONMAN racing following a long recovery from a training accident last fall finishing with a time of 8:32:52.
The race featured live event coverage on the IRONMAN.com/LIVE, IRONMAN YouTube and Facebook channels, and was the first in a series of 12 IRONMAN triathlon events from across the globe broadcast throughout 2023 season. To watch a replay of the race, visit here.
Only twelve seconds back in second place in the men’s race was Robert Wilkowiecki (POL) settling for second place after being passed by von Berg in the final stretch resulting in a finishing time of 7:45:04, while Matthew Marquardt (USA), who was making his debut performance as professional, claimed third position on the podium only 21 seconds behind Marquardt with a time of 7:45:12. In the professional women’s race, Maja Stage Nielsen (DEN) followed in second less than two minutes behind Matthews with a time of 8:34:51, while defending champion Jocelyn McCauley (USA) rounded out a gutsy performance to secure third place with a time of 8:40:30.
Top five professional men’s results:
|1. Rudy von Berg||USA||00:48:58||04:05:27||02:45:36||07:44:51|
|2. Robert Wilkowiecki||POL||00:48:55||04:05:50||02:45:26||07:45:04|
|3. Matthew Marquardt||USA||00:49:00||04:08:13||02:43:09||07:45:12|
|4. Arnaud Guilloux||USA||00:52:21||04:09:14||02:46:59||07:54:21|
|5. Cody Beals||CAN||00:52:27||04:15:11||02:44:58||07:57:18|
Top five professional women’s results:
|1. Kat Matthews||GBR||00:58:34||04:39:21||02:49:32||08:32:52|
|2. Maja Stage Nielsen||DEN||00:55:26||04:33:45||03:00:05||08:34:51|
|3. Jocelyn McCauley||USA||00:55:19||04:33:23||03:11:41||08:45:45|
|4. Lauren Brandon||USA||00:51:14||04:40:50||03:14:22||08:53:07|
|5. Danielle Lewis||USA||01:05:50||04:38:19||03:06:04||08:56:28|
The 2023 Memorial Herman IRONMAN The Americas Championship Texas triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, saw more than 2,000 athletes from 57 countries and 49 states start the race. The event led racers along a 140.6-mile journey through The Woodlands with a spectacular finish on Waterway Ave. The competition began with a 2.4-mile point-to-point swim inside Lake Woodlands beginning at North Shore Park before they embarked on a 112-mile two-loop bike along Hardy Toll Road. The 26.2-mile marathon run allowed athletes to soak in one of the most spirited spectator-lined courses on the IRONMAN circuit, with athletes racing down Hippie Hollow—an area lined with tie-dye banners, twinkling lights, and costumed performers. The event offered 100 male and 100 female qualifying slots for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, with the men’s race taking place on September 10 in Nice, France and the women’s race taking place on October 14, 2023, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
Official results can be found www.ironman.com/im-texas-results#/tracker.
Looking ahead to 2024 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas
Priority registration for 2024 Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series will open on Monday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. EST. With new inventory-based pricing, Flex90 benefits and increased slots to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship, this award-winning race is the perfect place for athletes to set an early season PR.
- Inventory-Based Pricing – New in 2024, once the slots in a given price tier are sold out, the price will go up to the next tier.
- Flex90 Benefits – Athletes that register within the first 90 days of registration being open will qualify for free deferral, payment plan, fee-free transfer and partial refund. More details can be found here.
- Road to VinFast IRONMAN World Championship – The road to the 2024 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship goes through The Woodlands. In 2024, Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas will host the North American Championship which means the most qualifying slots for 2024 VinFast World Championship in Kona for men and Nice for females and the best chance for athletes to check off “World Championship Athlete” from their bucket list.
To register for the 2024 Memorial Herman IRONMAN Texas triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series, athletes can visit www.ironman.com/im-texas-register.
For more information on the 2023 Memorial Herman IRONMAN The Americas Championship Texas triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North America Series visit www.ironman.com/im-texas. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.