Paul Matthews and Chrissie Wellington take 2011 K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas
2011 K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas
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2011 K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas

What a weekend – two great charity functions and a fantastic day of racing in Lawrence for 2011 the K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas!

Ironband was proud to donate our time and off-centered musical “skills” to the Blazeman Dinner with Chrissie Wellington benefiting the Blazeman Foundation for ALS on Friday night, as well as playing at the K-Swiss/Trek post-party on Sunday night which raised money for tornado victims through the Joplin Red Cross.

Sandwiched between those two events we had the pleasure of playing on our home town course at this year’s K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas race while cheering on a number of friends and world-class pros in between (and during) sets.

Chrissie Heading out of T1

Chrissie Heading out of T1

As always, the IMKS race directors, committee, carnies, sponsors, and numerous volunteers put on a stellar event encompassing a challenging bike course, a spectator-filled run course, and the always-entertaining “Yellow Brick Road” finish. Congratulations to everyone who stepped up to the starting line in Lawrence; you were rewarded with a wonderful, albeit a little windy, day of racing as we managed to completely escaped the storms that threatened off and on all day.

Three-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington pulled off a hat trick in Lawrence by chasing down Leanda Cave, who led the women’s race with the day’s fastest swim and bike splits, to win her third title at Ironman 70.3 Kansas with a 4:11:08 finish followed by Cave’s 4:15:13. Whitney Garcia rounded out the top three on the women’s side with a 4:27:17, a full twelve minutes behind Cave’s impressive second place finish.

Of the men’s pros, Australian Paul Matthews cruised to a blazing-fast 3:49:44 finish followed by David Kahn in 3:55:46 followed closely by last week’s Ironman 70.3 Hawaii winner, Luke Bell, in 3:56:13.

Congratulations to the overall winners, to the age group winners, and to our friends who had fantastic races on Sunday! We had fun cheering you on in “Oz” and enjoyed meeting a number of new people (and potential Ironband fan converts) from around the country! A special shout-out to the infamous “Iron Maidens” for providing on-course dancing entertainment for the runners and joining us on stage for a full-cast ensemble performance!

For complete results visit

2011 K-Swiss Ironman 70.3 Kansas – Pro Finishers


Men’s Pros Women’s Pros
1. Matthews, Paul (3:49:44)

2. Kahn, David (3:55:46)

3. Bell, Luke (3:56:13)

4. Guillaume, Romain (3:59:17)

5. McDaniel, Joe (4:00:53)

6. Castillo, Andres (4:03:22)

7. Poulson, Brent (4:04:18)

8. Umphenour, Joe (4:05:18)

9. White, Tony (4:05:56)

10. Abel, Torsten (4:06:33)

1. Wellington, Chrissie (4:11:08)

2. Cave, Leanda (4:15:13)

3. Garcia, Whitney (4:27:17)

4. Oldfield, Madeleine (4:29:18)

5. Arendt, Jackie (4:32:39)

6. Paterson, Lesley (4:33:05)

7. Ritchie, Tami (4:34:27)

8. Smith, Lesley (4:42:59)

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