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Ultraman 2103: Big wins for Kregar, Biscay

Miro Kregar crosses the finish line Sunday, winning his first Ultraman World Championships. (Photo courtesy of Miro Kregar)

Miro Kregar crosses the finish line Sunday, winning his first Ultraman World Championships. (Photo courtesy of Miro Kregar)

Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Miro Kregar and Hillary Biscay notched remarkable wins Sunday in the 29th Ultraman World Championships.

Kregar, who has five podium finishes in seven starts, finally pipped long-time rival and good friend Alexandre Ribeiro on Day 3 for his first Ultraman title.

The race covers a total of 320 miles (515 kilometers) over three days and requires that each participant complete a 6.2-mile (10 K) open ocean swim, a 261.4-mile (421 K) cross-country bike ride, and a 52.4 mile (84 K) run.

Kregar, a 51-year-old electrician from Slovenia, recorded an overall time of 23 hours, 42 minutes and 7 seconds.

Ribeiro, a 48-year-old coach and single father of three from Brazil, has won the race six times previously, including the last two years. Ribeiro had been quicker on Day 1 and Day 2, but stumbled on the final day’s run and eventually trailed Kregar by more than 27 minutes.

Last year, the duo battled through the run, with Ribeiro pulling ahead by less than 2 minutes down the stretch. In 2009, the first time they finished 1-2, Ribeiro crossed the line 29 minutes, 2 seconds ahead of Kregar.

Meanwhile, in the women’s division, Biscay tied a record by coming in third overall. No woman has ever finished higher and only Ardis Bow in 1985 equaled the result.

Biscay’s time of 24:12.57 was just 3 minutes behind Ribeiro and more than 30 minutes ahead of Tim Sheeper, who led the race for much of the first two days.

Claiming the final men’s podium spot, Sheeper, 50, of Menlo Park, Calif., equalled his 2007 result.

Professional triathlete Biscay, 35, Tucson, Ariz., had to wait 3 1/2 hours until another athlete joined her on the women’s podium.

Amber Monforte, 35, of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is a two-time world champion and owner of the course record for women, and finished in 14th place overall.

Third place for the women was Vanuza Regina Maciel, 43, of Brazil. The triathlon coach finished in 29:31.59, which was good enough for 18th overall.

A total of 30 athletes, including six women, completed the race. Six athletes dropped out during the three days.

Athlete Bios

* Laurie Beers, F59, Kailua-Kona
Occupation: Lifeguard

Races: 5th time Ultraman. 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 32:12:12. 2012 Monster Mango finish time 14:00:00. 2010 Ironman World Championships finish time 12:31:08. 8 Ironmans, 10 Alii Challenge Swims, 20+ years of marathon running, 23+ years of triathlon training and racing, possibly the oldest woman beach lifeguard in the state of Hawaii.

Entering Ultraman because: They last longer and I like the training. This event is a total treat!

CREW: Paddlers – Joy & Brad Ferren, Land Crew – Ellis Andrews, Sylvia Ravaglia

* Hillary Biscay, F35, Tucson, Ariz.
Occupation: Professional Triathlete

Races: 2010 Ultraman World Championships, 2nd Place Female finisher (24:40:28); 58 Ironman finishes, 2008 Ironman Wisconsin Champion, 29 Ironman-distance top 5 finishes.

Entering Ultraman because: Love to test myself. Ultraman Hawaii was one of the most amazing sports experiences I’ve had.

CREW: Swim Escort: Amy Young; Land Crew: Maik Twelseik, Dave Easa

* Beth Brewster, F43, Kingston, Wash.
Occupation: Owner, Kingston Adventures

Races: 2009 Ultraman Canada finisher (31:28:43); 2010, 2009 Trioba 32-hour Adventure Race; 2013 Mt Si 50K Trail Race; 2013 Stottlemeyer 60-mile mountain bike race.

Entering Ultraman because: I love the journey, the ohana, and everything in between!

CREW: Swim Escort: Rob Brewster Land Crew: Rob Brewster, Amy Anderson, Lynee Forsyth

* Vanuza Regina Maciel, F43, Curitiba, Brazil
Occupation: Triathlon Coach

Races: 2011, 2010, 2009 Ultraman World Championships (2010–29:39:43); 2013 El Cruce Columbia; 2013 Ironman Brazil; 2013 Endurance North Face 80K; 2012 Ironman Cozumel.

Entering Ultraman because: I always wonder and ask “What is my limit?” When I’m doing Ultraman, I realize that I have not found the answer. You can always go a little beyond. I am driven by challenges. Ultraman makes us better understand our body and mind.

CREW: Swim Escort: Jennifer McDaniel Land Crew: Captain – Juliana Bastos, Marcelo Bruni

* Amber Monforte, F35, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Races: 5th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships Women’s Champion (finish time 25:29:09)2011 Ultraman World Championships Women’s Champion (finish time 24:42:02) Ultraman World Championship course record holder– 24:07:11. 2009 Ultraman Canada Women’s Champion (finish time 25:36:49). 2013 Western States 100 time , 2012 Western States 100 time 22:34:45

Entering Ultraman because: I like the challenge that the distance offers, both mental and physical. What keeps me coming back are all the wonderful people I have met through this sport.

CREW: Swim Escort: Karen Crawford & Don Coskran Land Crew: Ryan Weibel, David Monforte, Toni Angie Cravens

* Lucy Ryan, F45, Coquitlam, Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2010 Ultraman Canada finisher (31:06:43); 2012 Ironman Montana; 2012 Ironman Canada.

Entering Ultraman because: I participate in ultra-distance events because I completely enjoy the longer distances rather than the shorter distances. I feel like I have been given a gift of going long and I should use that gift…and I do!

CREW: Swim Escort: Kira Sirois; Land Crew: Larry Ryan, Ingrid Hillhouse, Grayson Ryan

* Stacey Shand, F34, Regina, Canada
Occupation: University Instructor/Researcher

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher; 2012 Ironman Mont Tremblant finisher; 2012 Marathon des Sables.

Entering Ultraman because: I learned that Ultraman welcomes you into an epic family; I had no idea when I registered for my first one. Now, I want to build on that relationship at the world level! I love the Ultraman Family!

CREW: Swim Escort: Rebecca Dewhirst & Karen Silva; Land Crew: Will Rogers, Luke Way

* Dene Sturm, F49, Kailua-Kona
Occupation: Office Manager

Races: 1st time Ultraman. 2013 Monster Mango Long-Course Triathlon 1st Overall Finisher, 13:10:15; 2010 Ironman World Championship finisher; 2013 Ironman World Championship entrant…

Entering Ultraman because: This event has had my attention since I crewed for an athlete years ago. I have also volunteered for the event. I love the feeling of camaraderie and the sense of family it creates. To me, this race feels like the ultimate athletic event.

CREW: Swim Escort: Wendy Minor; Crew Chief: Doug Henbest; Land Support: Rob Van Geen

* Kathleen Wood, F44, West Kelowna, Canada
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Races: 2013 Ultraman Canada finisher (32:01:37, 4th Female); 2013 24-hr Full Moon Adventure Race; Beach to Battleship Irondistance Race.

Entering Ultraman because: The ultra distances have a spiritual aspect that I thrive on and my love of nature and the outdoors inspires me. I feel so fortunate to be healthy and to be able to challenge myself in this way.

CREW: Swim Escort: Christine O’Gorman; Crew Chief: Rick Gammie, Land Crew: Mike Goldrick, Christine O’Gorman

* Keith Bergh, M26, Portland, Ore.
Occupation: Financial Analyst

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (26:04:24); 2011-2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene finisher; 2013 Ironman Lake Tahoe; 5x Boston Marathon.

Entering Ultraman because: I got into ultra-distance sports to challenge myself physically, mentally, and spiritually past what I thought was possible. Through these events, I learn a ton about myself as it helps sharpen my mind and strengthens my faith, while making everyday challenges much easier.

CREW: Swim Escort: Linda Greentree; Land Crew: Chip Bergh, Vito Bialla

* Toni Marsal Bonet, M32, Barcelona, Spain
Occupation: Financial Manager

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman UK finisher (30:20:52); 5 x Ironman finishes; 1 x Marathon Des Sables, 1 x Isostar Desert Marathon.

Entering Ultraman because: Because it is a style of life that I enjoy.

CREW: Swim Escort: Rafael Ramirez; Land Crew: Miquel Marsal Bonet, Maria Rosa Bonet Balaguer, Maria Abascal Magallon

* Duncan P. Cairns, M44, Kirkland, Wash.
Occupation: IT Business Consultant

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2011 Ultraman World Championships participant, 2010 Ultraman Canada finisher (33:39:27); 5-time Ironman Finisher… 2013, 2009, 2007, 2006 Ironman Canada finisher, 2008 Ironman Arizona finisher; 2009 Canadian Death Race Solo (125km) finisher.

Entering Ultraman because: To find the elusive temporary piece of real estate known as the finish line of Ultraman Hawaii.

CREW: Swim Escort: Gary Simpson; Land Crew – Brianna Cairns, Nigel Cairns

* Rusty Carter, M38, San Jose, Calif.
Occupation: Sr. Director of Product Marketing

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 3rd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finish time 31:31:49 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 31:39:06. 2010 Ironman Cozumel 12:15, 2011 Vineman 11:37, 2011 SFBay 10k Bridge to Bridge Swim 1:21.

Entering Ultraman because: Ultraman proves that anything is possible if you truly set your mind to it. It is really satisfying to have my participation inspire others to become more active, healthy, and helpful in their communities, and it is personally a joy to spend 3 very challenging days with such an amazing group of people!

CREW: Swim Escort: Linda Kaiser, Crew Chief – Russ Carter; Land Crew: Aaron Orndorff

* Bill Conner, M40, Kailua, Oahu
Occupation: U.S. Marine Corps

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2009 Ultraman World Championship finisher (31:21:41); 2012 Ironman Hawaii 70.3 finisher; 2011 Semper Fi Ride Across America (in 32 days); 2011 Honolulu Marathon finisher 3:31; 2011 Waikiki Rough Water Swim; 2012, 2011,1996 Boston Marathon finisher; 2008 Ironman Hawaii finisher 13:30 (in boots and uts); 2009 Marine Corps Marathon finisher in boots and uts with 34-lb pack.

Entering Ultraman because: To honor, to remind, and to challenge.

CREW: Swim Escort: Terry Neubert; Land Crew: Jen McVeay, Patrick Castello

* Jochen Dembeck, M46, Cologne, Germany
Occupation: Supply Chain Manager

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2009, 1999 Ultraman World Championships finisher (2009–24:25:31).

Entering Ultraman because: Since I wasn’t able to complete last year due to job reasons, I have doubled my motivation this year!

CREW: Swim Escort: Kaeti Ecker Land Crew: Judith Dembeck, Julie Vernon

* Christopher Draper, M37, Hamilton, N.J.
Occupation: Business Owner

Races: 5th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships, Age Group Champion (26:45:08); 2011 Ultraman World Championships; 2009-2012 Ironman Lake Placid.

Entering Ultraman because: Personal growth, giving back through charity, and to inspire others to reach out of their comfort zone.

CREW: Swim Escort: Julia Lester; Land Crew: Michelle Miller, Marty Hammond, Jim Dennis

* Lars Heurich, M34, Frankfurt, Germany
Occupation: Pilot for Lufthansa German Airlines

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (33:54:01); 2012 Ironman Lanzarote finisher; 2011, 2010 Ironman Frankfurt finisher.

Entering Ultraman because: To find out more about myself and to discover what my limits really are.

CREW: Swim Escort: Michele Beall; Land Crew: Julie Westhuizen, Adriana Murguia, Daniel John, Benjamin Charles Tubby

* Christian Isakson, M40, Portland, Ore.
Occupation: Firefighter/Paramedic

Races: N/A

Entering Ultraman because: I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to race with the greatest athletes on the planet, and feel so blessed and thankful to be included in this awesome event. Using my gifts as an endurance athlete to raise awareness for those in need-I race for More Than Sport and the Ameena Project. I also compete to reflect the love and support I receive from my best friend and wife Rhonda. Thank you babe.

CREW: Swim Escort: Kai Willey; Land Crew: Rhonda Isakson, Dorothy Lennox, Joe Lennox

* Scott James, M45, Springfield, Ore.
Occupation: Triathlon Coach

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2012, 2011 Ultraman Canada finisher (2012–28:38:04); 2011, 2010 Ironman Coeur d’Alene finisher; 2012, 2011, 2010 McKenzie River Trail Run 50k; 2010 Autumn Leaves 50k Trail Run; 2010 Cascade Lakes Swim Festival

Entering Ultraman because: To find out more about myself and to discover what my limits really are.

CREW: Swim Escort: Clark Willcox; Land Crew: David James, Carrington Sedgwick

* Miro Kregar, M51, Kamnik, Slovenia
Occupation: Electrician

Races: 7th time Ultraman finisher. 3 times second place overall, 2 times third place – PB 22:35, Finished 21 Ironmans – PB 8:52.

Entering Ultraman because: I love the heat on the lava fields.

CREW: Swim Escort: Derinda and Rick; Land Crew: Grega Zore, Quickie Watt, Tadeja Magdic

* Ignacio “Nacho” Lombo Moruno, M46, Madrid, Spain
Occupation: Experimental Test Pilot

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (33:07:50); 2012 Madrid 80km Run; 7-time Ironman Lanzarote finisher (2012-2011, 2004-2008); Challenge Barcelona finisher (2012, 2011); 2010 Ironman Austria finisher; 2010 Ironman Madrid finisher; 2009 Ironman Switzerland finisher

Entering Ultraman because: 2012 was my first year with Ultra distances after 10 years of Ironman triathlons. I wanted new experiences and new challenges. What I found was a completely different approach to sports other than the one I had before. I found superb friendship and ambiance, continuous support from my partners, and a real family. I want to participate to share the aloha, ohana, and the kokua spirit.

CREW: Swim Escort: Javier Rubio; Land Crew: Javier Rubio, Jaime Campillo, Fernando Difesa

* Kurt Madden, M58, Big Bear City, Calif.
Occupation: Educator

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 1985, 1983 Ultraman World Championships Men’s Champion (1985–22:11:04); 2013 HITS Triathlon finisher (8th overall); Silver Rush 50-miler; Leadville 100-mile Trail Run

Entering Ultraman because: This is my passion! I won Ultraman twice, finished three times in the top 10 at Ironman, and am one of the early pioneers in the sport. I am the USA Track and Field USA 24-Hour National Champion, and set a National Age Group Record.

CREW: Swim Escort: Ryan Reynolds; Land Crew: Kelly Madden, Ky Madden, Craig Smith, Carlos Dolabella

* Scott McDermott, M44, Sylvan Lake, Canada
Occupation: Personal Trainer, Triathlon Coach, Gym Owner

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2011 Ultraman Canada finisher (6th overall–27:32:32); 2011 Woody’s 10km plus 42km Marathon; 2010 Ironman Canada; 2010 Ironman New Orleans 70.3; 2010 Oliver Half-Iron; 2010 Woody’s Marathon

Entering Ultraman because: I love the challenge of the long training and long journey of exploration of my perceived limits. I love the time to think and become a better person. I love the look on people’s faces when they figure out what I am up to. Love the healthy lifestyle!

CREW: Swim Escort: Dona Martinson/Ann Bohac; Land Crew: Darren Thompson, Lyle Katchur

* Sergio Augusto Meniconi, M48, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Occupation: Asset Manager

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2011 Ultraman World Championships finisher (25:45:52); 2010 Ultraman Canada finisher; 2011, 2010 Ultra Marathon Bertioga Maresias

Entering Ultraman because: The fellowship environment, crew organizers, volunteers and participants and especially the Ohana environment. I love the pure adventure feeling!

CREW: Swim Escort: Brandon Braam; Land Crew: Danielle Sardas, Bill Greinesen, Jerry Mitchell

* Peter Mueller, M51, Kloten, Switzerland
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Races: 7th time Ultraman. 2012, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2001, 2000 Ultraman World Championships finisher (2012–26:21:48); 2012 Zurich marathon; 2011 Las Vegas marathon; 2011 24th International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim (26.4km), Zurich, Switzerland.

Entering Ultraman because: To enjoy life! Once ULTRAman Hawaii–FOREVER ULTRAman Hawaii!

CREW: Swim Escort: Tina Flowers, Elliot Parsons; Land Crew: Katharina Torreiter, Kerri Tobin

* Antonio Nascimento, M43, Sao Domingos de Rana, Portugal
Occupation: General Manager

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman United Kingdom finisher (7th overall)(30:58:36); 2012 Pro Runner Ultramarathon 300km; 2012 Lisbon International Triathlon, 2012 Paris Marathon; 2012 Barcelona Marathon.

Entering Ultraman because: My main goal is to prove that people can do everything and achieve their goals when they really want to, when they work hard, and have the discipline and faith that they can do it. I also want to motivate all my friends who know me.

CREW: Swim Escort: Pym Avery; Land Crew: Ana Guimaraes, Meire Cezario

* Jason Nixon, M50, Kamuela
Occupation: Lifeguard

Races: Ironman Cozumel, 2012, 12:15; 11 Ironman World Championships finishes; Ironman Hawaii 70.3 finisher: 2010; Vineman 2011 finisher; Maui Triathlon Iron Distance 1st Place finisher: 1997.

Entering Ultraman because: I have crewed for my friend in 2000, and for my wife in 2011 and have always planned to do this event and finally got my chance.

CREW: Swim Escort: Chris Stelfox; Land Crew: Dan Berman, Stephanie Amick, Audrey Nixon

* Roberto Parseghian, M43, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Occupation: Businessman

Races: 3rd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (28:31:10) ; 2011 Ultraman Canada finish time 26:38:44; Noeman Extreme Norway 80K Ultramarathon; 2012 Kona Marathon.

Entering Ultraman because: I enjoy ultra-distance events!

CREW: Swim Escort: Rick Tom; Land Crew: Suzanne Shriner, Jacque Wikum, Debora Parseghian

* Roland Patzina, M47, Kempten, Bavaria, Germany
Occupation: Truckdriver

Races: 9th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (33:22:06); 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 31:24:37; 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004 UMWC; 2009 Triple Ultra Triathlon Lensahn, Triple Ironman Germany 11 times in sequence (German Record) best time 49:32:02, 6 Double Ironman, 2010 Lanzarote Solo-deca-triathlon challenge.

Entering Ultraman because: For my age is the best sport. Ultraman and the people of Hawaii are like my family.

CREW: Swim Escort: Margaret Haderie; Land Crew: Paul Aguirre, Kari Pieparila, Margaret Haderle

* James Player, M41, Roseville, Calif.
Occupation: Asset Manager

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (24:45:08); 2013 Ironman California 70.3, 2013 Western States 100 miler; 2013 Silver State 50-miler, 2013 Gold Rush 100k; 2013 Garmin Marathon, 2013 AR50; 2013 Way Too Cool 50k.

Entering Ultraman because: I thank God every day for my health. The challenge keeps me motivated. The competition inspires and motivates others. Having the event during Thanksgiving means that my family is out of school and off work. I really want them to see it.

CREW: Swim Escort: Sarah Bouvier; Land Team: Krista Player, Holly Player, Lily Player, Jasmine Player, Iris Player

* Martin Raymond, M51, Cumberland, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Fitness & Sports Instructor

Races: 10th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (31:45:16); 2011 Ultraman World Championships finish time 30:09:32; 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 UMWC; Ottawa Triathlon.

Entering Ultraman because: It is the true event that requires all aspects of human competition.

CREW: Swim Escort: Katy Bourne; Land Crew: Staci Studer, Chris Latham

* Alexandre Ribeiro, M48, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Coach

Races: 8th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships Men’s Champion (22:51:12); Six time Ultraman World Championships Men’s Champion (2003, 2005, 2007-2009, 2011, 2012).

Entering Ultraman because: I love the Ultraman spirit!

CREW: Swim Escort: Jeff King; Land Crew: Jose Carlos Poinciana, John Howarton

* Tim Sheeper, M50, Menlo Park, Calif.
Occupation: Business Owner

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2007 Ultraman World Championships finisher (23:19:03); 2013 Ironman Coeur d’Alene; Lake Tahoe SUP 22-miler; Ironman Roth; OCR (9-mile paddle, 26-mile run, 38 mile bike); Wildflower Half-Ironman; RAAM (4-person relay).

Entering Ultraman because: My soul is yearning to return to the islands and be a part of the event again. I wonder if I have grown in strength to withstand the challenges of the adventure. I am anxious to bond with my friends and family around the Ultraman. I asked myself every day if I really want to do this and the answer has always been YES!

CREW: Paddler: Keith Terada Land Crew: Ian Hersey, Sierra Sheeper

* Milton Sousa, M39, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Occupation: Business Owner

Races: 4th time Ultraman. 2011, 2010, 2009 Ultraman World Championships finisher (2011–25:01:01)

Entering Ultraman because: I love it!

CREW: Swim Escort: Parker Shale; Land Crew: Guilherme, Ludimila, Fernanda

* Alexandre Tremel, M41, Florianopolis, Brazil
Occupation: Businessman

Races: 2nd time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman Canada finisher (28:41:51); 2012 Ironman Brazil finisher;

Entering Ultraman because: I love training for long distances. That’s what I do every day. I want to participate in Ultraman Hawaii because I want to be a part of this special family!

CREW: Swim Escort: Jan Sobieraslski & Louise W.; Land Crew: Daniel Carvalho, Helen Horta Oliveira, Hursula & Odson Machado, Fernanda Avila

* Gary Wang, M45, Corte Madera, Calif.
Occupation: Engineer

Races: 13th time Ultraman. 2012 Ultraman World Championships finisher (26:35:30); 2001 – 2001 Ultraman World Championships finisher; 13 times Western States 100 Finisher.

Entering Ultraman because: To see my true self under stress. To be a better person. To give others what I can. To know that I am so lucky to have wonderful friends. To share the aloha with those who need the most.

CREW: Swim Escort: Jackie Hoffman; Land Crew: Jackie Hoffman, Nancy Williams

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