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Ironman Australia 2009 Results – Surry Hills, NSW, Australia

Some people have found my site searching for Ironman Australia 2009 results. Here is a link to the results.

http://ironman.com/events/ironman/australia/?show=tracker&rid=185&year=2009

The last name and first name search fields were transposed when I tried the athlete search.

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Ironman Australia 2009 – Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

Ironman Australia has to be the best organized, best supported, and best vibes I have ever seen and felt at a race. Port Macquarie gives a warm welcome to all of the athletes and their friends and the entire town transforms into a community dedicated to supporting the race. The volunteers are friendly and excited to be part of the event. Pre and post race, the carbo dinner, awards dinner, and meltdown party flowed smoothly, served good food and drinks, and  the entertainment and speakers were lively, comical, and provided depth. I highly recommend IMOZ.

The course is both challenging and scenic. There are flats on both the run and bike, but there are also hills. The course runs along the coastline and through national forests providing nice views to participants, spectators, and volunteers. Aid stations are well spaced and well stocked. I posted some pictures from the event below.

If you get to Port Macquarie, make sure to eat at Winky’s on Clarence. They serve breakfast all day and here is what you get for $12. I ate three meals here during my stay and enjoyed it every time. Winky’s breakfast is now my favorite breakfast.

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My previous favorite breakfast was from a pub in England. The pub is located in the Imperial Hotel. “All Day Breakfast” pictured below:

Here is a picture of the awards ceremony while everyone was getting food and eating

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Female 60-64 category winners – Gotta love 60 year olds that still get out and do things

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The meltdown party was retarded – me included

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Flynn’s beach recovery

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Six Foot Down Under – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia

The Six Foot Marathon is known by all runners in these parts for good reason: Six Foot will let you know what you are made of. There is no escaping the blood, sweat, and tears that will be had and the elevation profile hints at the humbling that will be had on race day. Despite all this, the brave souls that can be found on the course are amazingly cheery and in good spirits. All participants display a strong desire to finish and even after 35 k’s of brutal hills the chirping of women can be heard throughout the hills. With 5k’s to the finish, I found a peer attempting to shuffle to the finish with a broken ankle. It is not just a competition, it is an experience and good vibes are all that can be found. ┬áThe winners will finish the 45km course in 3:15+, with 1st going to a guy who calls himself Sleep TRAIN. Which is probably all you can do if you want to win a race like this. Yours truly came home in a little above 6 hours. I haven’t written a race report before and I don’t think I will start now, but if you are interested in what others have to say about the race you can view the board on Cool Running Australia dedicated to Six Foot. Want an idea of how Six Foot looks? A video of last years six foot is here.