Dan McMahon, only 2 weeks after his Ironman debut, raced and won the Hot Dam Olympic Triathlon in Evans, GA. With a time of 2:07:30, he beat the 2nd place finisher by nearly 10 minutes! This is nearly unheard of in this distance race, but if anyone can do it, we know it would be Dan. Not holding back, Dan finished his run in 36:11, just to make sure he had time to pose for pictures before the next finisher came in. Look out for Dan as he swims, bikes, and runs into a triathlon near you!
It was a wet morning as PJ Pelaez stepped up to the line to begin his race. This was not your local 5k, but rather a test of strength, speed, endurance, and mental fortitude drawing athletes from all over the world. The best word to describe PJ at this moment, you ask? Psyched. With an Age Group finish of 34th and a time of 5:09:41, PJ Pelaez has left his mark on Las Vegas, Nevada. After climbing the mountainous terrain by bike and foot, many a competitor may soon experience PJTSD. PJ Traumatic Stress Disorder, characterized by sweating, shortness of breath, and feelings of inadequacy, is often fatal. A great performance by a great competitor.
Senior member Adam Feigh placed 1st out of Collegiate Males at the Rocketman Triathlon in Huntsville, Alabama with a time of 2:09:47. Travelling there with Alumni and team Coach, Mike Lambert, it was a toasty August morning for the Collegiate athletes. Adam Feigh just edged out Clemson’s athletes who placed in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th for Collegiate Males. Mike Lambert placed 1st in his Age Group and recorded a PR on his bike split. This was the first SECTC race of the season and a promising start for the Gamecocks. Look out for the next race at Lake Lanier, GA for a full showing of Gamecocks!
Veteran member Dan McMahon completed Ironman Louisville in an astonishing time of 9:50:17. This placed him 3rd in his Age Group and 36th Overall! Friends and family were cheering him on throughout not only the race, but through the long hours of training as well. This is an extremely strong showing for an Ironman distance race, particularly for his first. Knowing Dan, this will only be the beginning of his journey in the sport of Ironman triathlon with many more podiums in his future!
Congratulations to President Joshua Hester on the completion of his first half-Ironman! Josh made the 1,000+ mile trek to New Hampshire for Timberman last Friday to compete in the race on Sunday morning. With an official finishing time of 4:58:09, despite hitting the wall quite hard slightly over half-way through the run, he definitely set the bar high for future races! He also raised $1200 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and dedicated his performance to Landon Unger. What a stud! Make sure to congratulate him on a great race next time you see him. Go Josh!