Commemorating Chrissie: Wellington’s 13 Iron-Distance Victories

  • By Bethany Mavis
  • Published Apr 17, 2013
  • Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 11:09 AM UTC

Some day, you’ll be able to tell your grandkids that you raced triathlon in the era of Chrissie Wellington. Though her stint in the sport was brief—just five years as a pro—she had an indelible influence on triathlon and its future. When it comes to what women could achieve in endurance sports, she shattered people’s conceptions of “possible.” Through her giant smile and daring “live without limits” attitude, she has inspired thousands before announcing her retirement from the sport in late 2012—more than a year after her final race. While her contribution to the sport is impossible to concisely capture, her race course achievements can be summarized in four numbers.

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FOUR Ironman World Championship titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

13 iron-distance victories

8:18:13 Women’s iron-distance world record, set at Challenge Roth

ZERO iron-distance losses

This article was originally published in the March/April 2013 issue of Inside Triathlon magazine.

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Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis

Bethany Mavis is the managing editor of Triathlete magazine. She's a mom, rec soccer player, multiple half-marathon finisher and is learning daily how to become a better triathlete.

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