The “Outrigger Resorts Double” award is given to the pro and amateur man and woman with the fastest combined 2015 XTERRA World Championship and Ironman Hawaii Championship time, a feat reserved for the world’s leading endurance athletes. Pro athletes are awarded US $2,500 with the top amateur man and woman win a 6-night stay at a Maui Outrigger Resort. All double finishers earn a commemorative tee.
Bart Aernouts from Belgium won the men’s elite title with a combined time of 11:07:24 last year. Janez Klancnik from Slovenia won the men's amateur double in 12:42:03, and Nicole Valentine of Maryland overcame a 16-minute deficit after Ironman to take the women's amateur double over Kelley Hess.
Here’s a look at this year’s “doublers” and their finish times in Kona. It looks like Nicole Valentine is in good shape to repeat as the women’s amateur double champ and if Brent McMahon doesn’t jump into XTERRA Worlds Ben Hoffman will just need to finish to claim the elite honors.
Tentative list, as of 10.13.15
|Ben Hoffman||Grand Junction, CO, USA||PRO||9:05:22|
|Nicole Valentine||Germantown, MD, USA||F 30-34||10:25:49|
|Uta Knape||Ludwigshafen, Germany||F 40-44||11:36:17|
|Megan Arthur||Hamilton, New Zealand||F 40-44||11:43:22|
|Marina Klemm||Berlin, Germany||F 40-44||13:04:35|
|Janie White||Paradise Valley, AZ, USA||F 55-59||11:49:45|
|Richard Byyny||Denver, CO, USA||M 40-44||15:48:52|
|Jorg Schneider||Altenriet, Germany||M 45-49||10:08:11|
|Arnaud Bouvier||Digne les Bains, France||M 45-49||10:10:35|
|Bruno Glaser||Brestanica, Slovenia||M 45-49||10:52:22|
|Mike Johnston||Wanaka, New Zealand||M 45-49||10:56:31|
|Sunny Garcia||Maili, HI, USA||M 45-49||13:46:10|
|Peter Buehlow||Bright, Canada||M 55-59||11:15:21|
|Rob Kronkhyte||Tahoe City, CA, USA||M 55-59||14:27:48|