(BIVN) – Patrick Lange of Germany set a course record en route to becoming the 2018 IRONMAN World Champion on Saturday, and then popped the big question at the finish line in Kailua-Kona.
Lange proposed to his girlfriend, Julia Hofmann, after he finished the grueling triathlon in 7:52:39. Hofmann said yes.
Belgium’s Bart Aernouts also broke the 8-hour barrier (7:56:41) in his second place finish. David McNamee of Great Britain took third for the second straight year.
Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf set a course record among women with a 8:26:16 time. Ryf was followed by Lucy Charles of Great Britain (8:36:32) and Germany’s Anne Haug (8:41:57).
According to organizers:
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of Oahu, the IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The race now sees approximately 2,500 athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. Athletes will enter Kailua Bay for the 2.4-mile ROKA swim course and then embark out on the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway for the 112-mile Ventum Bike course before finally capping the day through the crowds of Kona town, Palani Road, the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway and the infamous Natural Energy Laboratory Hawai`i Authority (NELHA) and Ali’i Drive for the 26.2-mile HOKA ONE ONE run course. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots.