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Matt Hanson Takes Second at PTO 2020 Championship in Daytona

By USA Triathlon | Dec. 07, 2020, 2:23 p.m. (ET)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — U.S. professional triathlete Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) placed second Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) 2020 Championship, held at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Florida as part of CHALLENGEDAYTONA race weekend. The event drew more than 100 of the world’s best long- and short-course professional triathletes, all racing for a share of $1.15 million — the largest prize purse in triathlon history.

In addition to the PTO 2020 Championship, CHALLENGEDAYTONA featured various race distances and formats for age-group athletes, juniors and paratriathletes on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Pro-Am Relay held Friday night under the lights at the NASCAR track.

The entire event was held with USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport protocols in place, including daily self-screening and temperature checks before entering the race venue; face coverings at all times except when actively racing; contact reduction for athletes, coaches, staff and volunteers; and increased cleaning and disinfecting practices onsite.

The PTO 2020 Championship featured the largest prize purse professional triathlon has ever seen at $1.15 million. The winners of the men’s and women’s races each received $100,000; second place earned $70,000; and third earned $50,000. All finishers down to 60th place received a minimum of $2,500. For the complete prize money breakout, click here.

The professional championship course was held completely within the Daytona International Speedway venue. Athletes swam 2 kilometers in Lake Lloyd — the body of water located in the speedway’s infield — then lapped the 4-kilometer NASCAR course for 80 kilometers on the bike and 18 kilometers on the run. 

Norway’s Gustav Iden took the win in the men’s race, breaking the tape in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 6 seconds. Hanson was less than a minute behind to take second in 3:05:57, and George Goodwin of Great Britain rounded out the podium in 3:06:09. 

In addition to Hanson, five more American men finished in the top-20: Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) in fifth, Sam Long (Boulder, Colo.) in ninth, Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) in 16th, Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) in 19th and Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.) in 20th.

Canada’s Paula Findlay was dominant in the women’s race, storming to victory in 3:24:55 — nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Anne Haug of Germany (3:27:32). Another German, Laura Philipp, took third in 3:30:00. Four U.S. women finished in the top-20, including Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah) in sixth, Alissa Doehla (Fort Wayne, Ind.) in 11th, Jackie Hering (Cottage Grove, Wis.) in 19th, and Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) in 20th.

Several members of the Toyota U.S. Paratriathlon National Team also competed at CHALLENGEDAYTONA, in a paratriathlon open division within Sunday’s age group sprint-distance race. Athletes covered an 800-meter swim, 20k bike and 5k run. Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio) and Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.) reached the podium in the ambulatory category, while Kyle Coon (Colorado Springs, Colo.) topped the visually impaired category.

For complete information and results from all races at CHALLENGEDAYTONA, visit challenge-daytona.com. Media can access highlight reels, race photos and other resources from the pro races via the PTO’s Virtual Media Hub.

PTO 2020 Championship at CHALLENGEDAYTONA
2k swim, 80k bike, 18k run

Elite Men — Complete Results
1. Gustav Iden (NOR), 3:05:06
2. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa), 3:05:57
3. George Goodwin (GBR), 3:06:09

U.S. Top-20 Finishers
2. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa), 3:05:57
5. Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.), 3:06:41
9. Sam Long (Boulder, Colo.), 3:07:28
16. Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.), 3:10:15
19. Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.), 3:10:58
20. Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.), 3:11:21

Elite Women — Complete Results
1. Paula Findlay (CAN), 3:24:55
2. Anne Haug (GER), 3:27:32
3. Laura Philipp (GER), 3:30:00

U.S. Top-20 Finishers
6. Skye Moench (Holladay, Utah), 3:32:30
11. Alissa Doehla (Fort Wayne, Ind.), 3:35:17
19. Jackie Hering (Cottage Grove, Wis.), 3:38:19
20. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.), 3:38:41

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