Ironman Arizona

November, 30, 2012
Sarah at Ironman AZ

Sarah Reinertsen, crosses the finish line at Ironman Arizona 11/2012

Crossing an Ironman finish line is a magical feeling.  I suppose it just feels good to stop moving after 140-miles of racing, but crossing an Ironman finish line is one of the greatest in sport.  I finished my first Ironman triathlon several years ago in Hawaii, and I was honored to make history as the first woman on a prosthetic to finish the Ironman World Championships.  Since then, people have always asked me, “Have you done another Ironman?”  And I used to say, “No, not yet.”  I had always planned  to race in another 140.6-mile triathlon, but the truth is I was busy doing other races and life events.  Finally, in the fall of 2012, I made my return to the Ironman start line.  I signed up for the Ironman Arizona, and vowed to hear those words from Mike Reilly again, “Sarah Reinertsen, you are an Ironman!”   I finished my 2nd Ironman on a cool November night in Tempe, Arizona and I’m very grateful to my entire team for their help and support along the way.  A big, heartfelt thanks to  my coach, Muddy Waters, and all my family and friends who came to AZ to watch me race (for hours!).  A JOURNEY OF 140.6-MILES BEGINS WITH A SINGLE HOP!

One Response to Ironman Arizona

  • Fletcher C. Bauman

    Just revisiting after 5 years, I was the guy who traded places with you on the run about dozen times… , you finished 3 mins ahead of me. I tell my kids of that long quiet night on the run, we didn’t say a word to each other the whole time, just back and forth, you lead, I lead, Surreal, Hope all is well. I will never forget that race. You are a trooper.

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