The running of Ironman Western Australia on Sunday December 8, 2013 in Busselton marks the end of the 2013 season for WTC Ironman races.
The next full Ironman race is scheduled to take place in Taupo, New Zealand on March 1, 2014.
The 2013 edition of Ironman Western Australia featured many top pros and it proved to be an exciting day of racing in Busselton.
Luke Bell, Leon Griffin, and Andreas Raelert were just a few of the pro men considered serious threats for a run at top spot on the podium, but it was a very talented field and many of the pro men were capable of victory.
For the pro women it was Rebekah Keat and Bree Wee trying to better their third and fourth place finishes from the 2012 edition of the race.
However the field of female pros was very competitive as well and Liz Lyles, Lisa Marangon, Kate Bevilaqua, and Michelle Bremer were all capable of winning on their best effort.
As the race began it was pros Luke Bell and Jeremy Jerkiewicz sharing the lead as they exited the 2.4-mile swim course.
They battled for the lead for over 90k when Luke Bell dropped out of the race and out of contention.
Andreas Raelert also dropped out on the bike course due to a reoccurring back injury that has plagued him for much of the 2013 season.
By the time Jerkiewicz entered the bike/run transition he had a created a gap of over three minutes over Matty White who was the second pro onto the run course.
Jerkiewicz was not to be denied and although second place changed hands several times behind him over the course of the marathon, nobody was able to catch him.
Jeremy Jerkiewicz of France led the race from pretty well start to finish and is the 2013 Ironman Western Australia champion.
For the pro women it was Lisa Marangon leading the way out of the water and she held onto that lead for much of the bike portion of the race.
Mareen Hufe of Germany eventually took over the lead on the bike course and held it for the first 17k of the marathon.
It was Liz Lyles of the U.S. who proved to have the most left on the run and despite being over seven minutes back after completing the bike course she stormed past Hufe and into the lead.
The pros were racing for prize money as well as Kona Ranking Points toward the Ironman World Championship race scheduled to take place in the Fall of 2014 in Kona, Hawaii.
There were also Kona qualifying spots up for grabs for the top age-group athletes.
The race was still in progress at press time and to find out how the race concluded for the pro women as well as top pro and age-group finish times as they become available visit Ironstruck.com.