Tyler Butterfield takes on his first full Ironman of the season on Sunday at Ironman Brazil which doubles up as the Latin American Ironman Championships 2015.
Tyler will be hoping for a strong performance as he builds towards this year’s Ironman World Championships and to put the disappointment of a broken bike chain at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships.
The star-studded pro field will converge in Florianopolis, Brazil and feature some of the sport’s top athletes as they compete for the coveted title and an automatic qualification to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship.
Headlining the men’s race is Brazilian Igor Amoreli, who claimed the title here last year at IRONMAN Brazil. Fellow Brazilian and 2014 IRONMAN Brazil runner-up Santiago Alves Ascenço is sure to be out for redemption. Another strong contender in the men’s race is Tim O’Donnell who won this race in 2013, took second at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 Latin American Championship earlier this year and finished fifth at the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship. Marino Vanhoenacker, a multiple IRONMAN champion, will also compete for the Latin American Championship along with South Africa’s Kyle Buckingham . Former Olympian Brent McMahon, who won IRONMAN Arizona last year in his IRONMAN debut and earned a second-place finish at the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Pro Championship in St. George, Utah, rounds out the talented men’s field.
Racing gets underway at 6.45AM Bermuda time and you can follow the race at the following link :