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Ironman by the Numbers


Ironman James V. HansenJames V. Hansen (BS ’63) sums it up simply: “The Ironman is a fun way to stay fit. It’s an adventure.” So is golf, but this professor of information systems in the Marriott School of Management prefers the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run. He doesn’t just compete—he’s won third place in his age group three times. Oh, and his age? 70 years and counting.

60  age at which Hansen competed in his first Ironman competition in 1996

14  hours to complete the race, on average

30–40  mph on bike descents (“I’m a bit of a coward.”)

11  Ironman competitions so far

13  weeks to train for a competition