What would it be like to be a pro triathlete? They are like super heroes to us mere mortal athlete. Winning an Ironman outright? Traveling to exotic places to race, training in warm climates, eating well, massages. We're going to chat with Kirsty Jahn a pro triathlete out of Boulder who had back to back Ironman wins last year to hear what's behind these performances and what it's like living the pro life.
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Kirsty Jahn had a killer season in 2018. On May 27th she had a win at IM Brazil with a 8:54:57. Two week's later she backed it up with another win at IM Boulder on June 10th with a 9:16:12. Six weeks later she races Challenge Prague half iron distance with a 4:22:03 to finish 2nd.
Not only is she fast and tough, she's smart as a whip.
Kirsty graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University in 2005 with a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics. During her time at Villanova she was a 4 time NCAA All-Academic recipient, 4 time Big East Top Scholar, 2 time XC All-Mid Atlantic, and captain of the women’s cross country team in 2004.
Kirsty received a Master's in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University in May of 2012. While at Columbia, Kirsty served as a graduate assistant coach for the varsity track and xc teams.
In 2013, Kirsty returned to triathlon racing and earned her professional card from Triathlon Canada. She went on to race her first year as a pro in Ironman 70.3 events in 2014. Check out the racing section to see Kirsty's past results and upcoming races for 2018.
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Who owns the Ironman? The 4-decade battle for the world’s most iconic endurance race
Per The New York Times, the Ironman Triathlon puts on more than 260 races in 44 countries and is valued at nearly a billion dollars, making it one of the world’s most premiere sports brands.
Now, over 40 years later, the people at the forefront of its creation haven’t seen a dime, and the legal triathlon continues.
It all started in Hawaii...
Long before the Spartan or Tough Mudder, naval officer John Collins and his wife, Judy, thought to combine 3 of the toughest endurance races: On Feb. 18, 1978, the first “Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon” was born. There were 15 participants.
John wrote a 3-page rule book with 10 major rules that boiled down to: “Swim 2.4 miles! Run 26 ¼ miles! Bike 112 miles! Brag the rest of your life!”
But, it was rule number 8 -- which set the entry fee at $5 and stipulated that the event would be sponsored by participants -- that would later cause the biggest headache.
Gettin’ Silky with it
By ’79, Collins needed someone to run the 3rd edition of the event, so he handed over a box of paperwork to husband and wife fitness club owners Hank Grundman and Valerie Silk -- no lawyers, no signatures.
By ’82 the race had ballooned in popularity, and John Dunbar (the runner-up in the original 2 races) started selling copies of the original trophy. He, like the other 14 OG racers, presumed a stake of the competition still belonged to him...
So, when Silk registered the Ironman trademark in ’83 and told Dunbar to cease sale of the throwback trophy he was pedaling, he didn’t go quietly.
The real triathlon...
Silk sold the brand for $3m in ’89 and, in 2015, after years of expansion, the brand was acquired by its current owner, a Chinese conglomerate called Dalian Wanda Group, for $650m.
4 decades later, Dunbar continues to argue that the famed triathlon belongs to him and the original 15, even though the courts, and many of Dunbar’s allies, have insisted it’s too late.
Silk said no original competitors showed interest in Ironman until it made money. She changed the rules and re-created the race -- “I changed everything,” Silk said. “And I never heard a peep from anybody.”
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