River Hebert native completes Ironman World Championships
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River Hebert native Jeff Burbine, 41, competed with the world's best endurance on Saturday, October 12 in Hawaii at the 36th annual Ironman World Championships. Burbine completed the triathlon with a time of 10:27:05. Celebrities Gordon Ramsey (Hell's Kitchen, Master Chef) and former NFL player Hines Ward (Dancing With the Stars) also pushed their bodies to the limit this past Saturday in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. All three completed the 132 mile triathlon.
HAWAII-What do former Pittsburgh Steelers’ player Hines Ward, chef Gordon Ramsey and River Hebert native Jeff Burbine all have in common?
They all completed the 36th annual Ironman World triathlon World Championships that were held this past Saturday, Oct. 12 in Hawaii.
“Man I feel sore now, but I guess that's what the Ironman World Championship event is all about,” stated Ward Tuesday night on his Facebook page. “I wanted to say thanks to the endurance triathlon world for welcoming me in as one of them. Much respect to all endurance athletes.”
One of these athletes Hines was referring to was River Hebert native Jeff Burbine, 41 of Halifax, who qualified for Ironman Worlds by finishing 7th out of 331 age group participants (Male 40-44) at Iron Man Canada Nationals on this past August in Whistler, British Columbia. At Ironman Worlds, Burbine finished 171 of 305 racers in his division; 787th out of all men and 897th out of the 2,134-triathlon participants with a time of 10:27:05.
Burbine began his day with 2.4 mile/3.86 km swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, finishing with a time of 1:18:32. From there, Burbine, a strong biker, took 5:05:56 to ride 112 miles/180.25 km across the Hawaiian lava desert before running the 26-mile, 385 yard/42.195 km marathon along the coast of Big Island from Keahou to Keahole Point and back with a time of 3:57:02.
“Jeff was very happy with the results of the race,” stated Keith Burbine, Jeff’s father. “What Jeff found so different with this race was the extreme heat of over 90 degrees (Fahrenheit), plus humidity, “ he added.
Burbine outperformed both of his celebrity counterparts: Ward, 37, finished the triathlon with a time of 13 hours, 8 minutes and 15 seconds while Ramsey, 46, finished with a time of 14 hours, 4 minutes and 48 seconds.
"His goal was to boast that he ran and finished the race, competing with world’s best," stated Keith. “The distance of 132 miles in 10.27.05 non-stop is what blows me away,” said Keith. “It shows the determination of River Hebert.”