VanMeter wins age group in Ironman Brazil 2011
George VanMeter ’77 (center) won the 55-59 age group competition in the 2011 Ironman Brazil, held May 29 on the island portion of the city of Florianopolis in southern Brazil. The win qualified VanMeter for the 2011 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii October 8.
Competing against 27 entrants in his age group, VanMeter covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run in 10 hours, 57 minutes, 59 seconds. This was 19 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. Overall at the Brazil meet, there were 1,823 men and women from 39 countries.
VanMeter, a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees, entered his first triathlon in 1984. Last year, he won his age group in the Ironman held in Louisville in a time of 10:56, then finished 13th in his age group in the Hawaii competition with a time of 11:15. This year, he finished 45th in Hawaii with a time of 12:42.
“I love the competition,” VanMeter said. “It’s been a progression over the years to get to this point. Hopefully, I have more good years in front of me.”