Tyler Butterfield produced another excellent performance today in the Ironman North American Championships going under 8 hours to take third place in 7 hours 58 mins. 29 seconds
Tyler exited the water with a lead group that included Andrew Starykowicz of the USA and as expected Starykowicz used his biking ability to post a very quick 4 hrs 01 min 14 sec and take a commanding lead into T2 with Tyler 2nd. However the USA’s Matt Hanson, 2nd in 2015 in these championships, exited T2 less than a minute behind Tyler and used his outstanding run speed to pull away from Tyler and catch the fading Starkowicz.
Tyler also had to contend with the fast charging Ronnie Shildknecht of Switzerland, also known for his running ability, who eventually also reeled in Tyler to finish in 7:56:21. Hanson however ran just over 2 hrs 42 mins to easily take the win in a new course record of 7:52:44.
Tyler managed to hold off the fast finishing Will Clarke of the UK who exited the water close to Tyler but lost time on the bike. He finished just 33 secs behind Tyler in 7:59:02.