Storm Lake native wins Ironman in Des Moines

The Ironman triathlon was held on Sunday in Des Moines, and Storm Lake native Matthew Hanson won first place. Hanson said that things couldn’t have gone better today.”You can’t be upset with a podium coming away from a win. It’s great. Fourth time winning the North American Championship. So, It’s another feather in the cap,” said Hanson.Hanson shared he wasn’t running alone in the race either, his wife was in the women’s race.Hanson, who now lives in Colorado, shared it was bittersweet to be home doing something he loved.”Living so much of my adult life in Iowa and having so much of my friends and family, seeing people with the team kit out on the race. It was definitely a special day,” Hanson said. About 1,000 participants ran, cycled and swam 140 miles through central Iowa. Crowd members and volunteers cheered them on to the finish line.”Oh man. I thought all these athletes were — it’s just insane. They are so motivated. And just watching them swim. It makes me motivated to do something like this,” said Casey Holmes, a volunteer. Announcer Mike Reilly worked his 204th Ironman on Sunday and he says none of them are the same. His favorite part of the event is to see people reinvent themselves as they endure those 140 miles.”It’s not the accomplishment of finishing, it’s the certification of who they’ve become. They changed themselves. People tell them in their lives, ‘You can’t do that. What are you doing that for? What are you training for that for?’ And they prove them wrong. So it’s a certification of who they’ve become,” Reilly said. Des Moines will hold a half-Ironman next year. More Ironman coverage:

The Ironman triathlon was held on Sunday in Des Moines, and Storm Lake native Matthew Hanson won first place.

Hanson said that things couldn’t have gone better today.

“You can’t be upset with a podium coming away from a win. It’s great. Fourth time winning the North American Championship. So, It’s another feather in the cap,” said Hanson.

Hanson shared he wasn’t running alone in the race either, his wife was in the women’s race.

Hanson, who now lives in Colorado, shared it was bittersweet to be home doing something he loved.

“Living so much of my adult life in Iowa and having so much of my friends and family, seeing people with the team kit out on the race. It was definitely a special day,” Hanson said.

About 1,000 participants ran, cycled and swam 140 miles through central Iowa. Crowd members and volunteers cheered them on to the finish line.

“Oh man. I thought all these athletes were — it’s just insane. They are so motivated. And just watching them swim. It makes me motivated to do something like this,” said Casey Holmes, a volunteer.

Announcer Mike Reilly worked his 204th Ironman on Sunday and he says none of them are the same.

His favorite part of the event is to see people reinvent themselves as they endure those 140 miles.

“It’s not the accomplishment of finishing, it’s the certification of who they’ve become. They changed themselves. People tell them in their lives, ‘You can’t do that. What are you doing that for? What are you training for that for?’ And they prove them wrong. So it’s a certification of who they’ve become,” Reilly said.

The next Ironman race will take place in Canada later this year. Des Moines will hold a half-Ironman next year.

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