Michael wins the inaugural Ford Ironman St. George 2010 and qualifies for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
The race venue was centered in downtown St. George and consisted of a 2.4 mile swim in Sand Hollow Resevoir, a 112 mile bike through the hills of southern Utah, and a 26.2 mile run between the city center and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve.
The swim was cold, but fast for Michi. He exited the water in 54 minutes, just 5 minutes behind leader, Luke Bell, and placing him in 15th position. Michi´s bike was strategic and strong. He took first position around mile 60 and slowly increased his lead to 7 minutes going into T2. Michi began the marathon after a 4:43 bike split with legs showing no sign of fatigue. Spectators cheered and inspired the Austrian as he built a lead of over 12 minutes coming to the finish.
Michi had an outstanding and memorable performance in Utah. He became the first Austrian to win an Ironman race and now holds the St. George course record. In addition, the win has securred a slot for Michi at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
1st Michael Weiss (AUT) 8:40:08 (54:29 4:43:01 2:58:03)
2nd Ben Hoffman (USA) 8:52:54 (51:13 4:53:37 3:04:53)
3rd Chris McDonald (AUS) 8:54:42 (51:20 4:54:02 3:06:25)
4th Kirill Kotsegarov (EST) 8:58:18 (51:10 4:53:56 3:09:00)
5th Clemens Coenen (GER) 9:02:13 (51:14 4:53:50 3:13:44)
6th Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 9:09:43 (56:18 5:03:08 3:05:38)
7th Sergio Marques (POR) 9:11:09 (54:40 5:05:50 3:07:29)
8th Christian Brader (GER) 9:14:41 (53:33 5:06:15 3:11:35)
9th Jozsef Major (HUN) 9:16:03 (59:40 5:07:37 3:03:34)
10th Alex McDonald (USA) 9:21:58 (56:01 5:13:01 3:09:20)