She was on fire, totally untouchable: Skye Moench just had a lonely, but strong race at Ironman Des Moines. The American ended up winning the Ironman North American Championship in a finish time of 8:51:44 hours.
There was just one moment today that Moench wasn’t leading the race: that was during the swim part, where she had exited the water a second behind America’s Britt Vocke. On the bike, Moench made it clear that she had traveled out to Des Moines for just one thing: the victory.
80K into the bike part, she already enjoyed a buffer of more than eight minutes to the second woman: America’s Lesley Smith. By the time Moench ran into T2, that advantage had gone up to more than fourteen minutes. On the run, it was only a matter of maintaining that lead.
Running a marathon of 3:06:20 Moench took the win. At the moment of writing, Canada’s Jen Annett ran in second place (+19:18) and America’s Kelly Fillnow was in third (+27:59).