By Don McCormick
Local triathletes are celebrating the success of one of their own—Jon Morton—at the Madison, Wisconsin Ironman Triathlon held on September 8, 2019. Morton finished first in his 35-39 age-group (AG), 10th amongst all the men, and 11th overall amongst the 1812 finishers.
The win was made that much sweeter by having his father Bob Morton also complete the race, finishing 38th in his 60-64 AG.
Jon Morton finished the 3.8 km swim in 1:00:14, the 180 km bike in 5:06:01, and the 42 km run in 3:06:30 for a very impressive 9:21:00 total time. Father Bob finished his race in 15:22:50 with a 1:24:37 swim, a 6:32:53 bike and a 7:05:50 run.
“The swim was really tough,” explains Morton. “There was a lot of chop and big waves. We had the worst wind conditions you could have. Most people said their swim times were about five minutes slower that last year.”
“The terrain in Madison is very similar to the Huntsville area,” adds Morton. “The bike course was hilly and technical with road surfaces very similar to those in Muskoka.”
“The run course was also a tough one and I had an unbelievable time,” says Morton. “I think one of the factors contributing to that is doing all my training here. I was ecstatic. I couldn’t believe the race I had. Everything came together quite perfectly for me that day.”
This was a qualifying race for the 2020 World Ironman Championships in which Morton will now be participating as a result of his great race in Madison.
Morton is coached by NRG Perfomance Training and is a member and President of the TriMuskoka Triathlon Club here in Huntsville.
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