Update (10/18): Kelly posted the second-fastest, and not the top time as originally reported, marathon among amateurs. Stefano Passarello ran 2:53:32.
The 15th finisher of the Barkley Marathons competed at the Ironman World Championship on Saturday.
John Kelly, who in April became one of 15 people (on 18 occasions) to complete the 100-mile ultramarathon in Frozen Head State Park, Tenn., posted the second-fastest marathon time among amateurs (those competing in age groups) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on Saturday. The American finished 61st overall in 9:13:13 including a 42.2K run split of 3:00:42.
When asked on Instagram what’s harder between the Barkley and the Ironman World Championship, Kelly had the following to say:
“There’s not even a comparison. This was a tough one due to the heat and other factors, but nothing like five loops at Barkley. Finishing an Ironman ~= one Barkley loop in any amount of time; qualifying for Kona ~= Barkley Fun Run.”
Canadian Lionel Sanders posted one of the top marathon splits on the day finishing second overall to German Patrick Lange in 8:04:07 including a 2:51:53 marathon. Women’s champion Daniela Ryf ran a 3:00:02 marathon to win her third Ironman World Championship title.