Erin Churchill Becomes 7th Iron Icewoman
Erin Churchill Becomes 7th Iron IcewomanCourtesy of WOWSA, Cochiti Lake in New Mexico, USA.
On December 14th, Erin Churchill joined Kellie Joyce Latimer (2014), Jaimie Monahan (2016), Claire Bustin-Mulkern (2017), Conny Prasser (2017), Corinna Nolan (2018), Elina Mäkinen (2018) as the world’s only Iron Icewomen.
She first completed a 12 hour 30 minute Ironman Triathlon in Tempe, Arizona in 2011.
Then, she swam an Ice Mile in 42 minutes 53 seconds in Cochiti Lake in New Mexico, USA in 4.65°C water and -3.2°C air temperatures to become the 7th Iron Icewoman in history at the age of 38. “Out of all my athletic accomplishments – including the Ironmans and 100-mile ultramarathon runs, the Ice Mile was HANDS DOWN the hardest and scariest. I have a new respect for everyone who has ever completed an ice mile, and am honored to be amongst them.”
“Triathletes and ice swimmers are, without a doubt, incredible athletes in their respective sports. But these Ice Ironwomen are a unique subset of triathletes who are also ice swimmers and vice versa,” says Steven Munatones about those who have completed both an Ice Mile and a full Ironman triathlon.
The Ice Ironmen and Ice Ironwomen must complete an Ice Mile as an officially recognized non-wetsuit swim of one statute mile in water 5ºC (41ºF) or less under the auspices of the International Ice Swimming Association. Their Ironman must be a full triathlon with a 3.8 km swim, 180 km ride, and a 42.2 km marathon run.
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