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Sunday, September 11, 2011

2011 World Half Ironman Championships

Henderson, NV -- September 11, 2011 (Results @ )

This event consisted of a 1.2 mile open water swim in Lake Las Vegas followed by a 56 mile bike race through Lake Mead National Recreation area.  The competitors then finished the day with a 13.1 mile run through Henderson's residential areas.  All athletes had to qualify for this championship race by finishing previous races and meeting the standards for their respective divisions.

Cape Girardeau's Taylor Vaughan, 36 years old, strapped on bib number 1032 and competed in the always competitive 35-39 year old division.  He did extremely well at his first world event.  Taylor began with a 40:20 in the open water swim and then transitioned to his beastly bike.  His 56 mile ride was completed in 2:52:09 on a very hilly course.  Taylor then took 1:32 to transition to his running gear and cruised to a 1:46:01 finish in the half marathon distance. 

His aggregate time of 5:23:17 was good for 138th in this competitive division.  More than 170 athletes from all around the world were competing and finished in this division.  The only division with more finishers than the 35-39 year old group ws the 40-44 year old men.   These two age groups typically have the most experienced and fastest athletes in the triathlete events.

Over 1500 of the world's best endurance athletes competed in the Henderson race.  Taylor finished with a rank of 838 out of all finishers and did a great job.  His wife and several of his friends were there to cheer him on as he completed his journey. 

Congratulations for competing in and finishing this grueling event.  The local community looks forward to seeing Taylor continue to compete in multi-sport events as he has spent countless hours of training to become one of the top triathletes and runners in the Southeast Missouri area.

Out of the water in 40:20. (Photo by Tracy Vaughan)

56 hilly miles on the bike: 2:52:09. (Photo by Tracy Vaughan)

End of 13.1 mile run: 1:46:01. (Photo by Tracy Vaughan)

Aggregate Time: 5:23:17. (Photo by Taylor Vaughan)

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