Alex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum
Talksum Cofounder and President Sergey Biryukov hit another milestone Sunday as he battled hills, slopes, winds, and other tough conditions to cross the IRONMAN Switzerland finish line.
At Talksum, we rank him high up there with this year’s elite men’s titleholder Ronnie Schildknecht, from Switzerland, who claimed a stunning eighth victory.
For those who don’t follow the IRONMAN triathlon, it is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and consists of a 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride, and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
The IRONMAN is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Most IRONMAN events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7 am with a mandatory swim cut-off for the 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim at 9:20 am (2 hr, 20 min). The mandatory bike cut-off time is 5:30 pm (8 hr, 10 min), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hr 30 min). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon within those time windows becomes an IRONMAN.
IRONMAN Switzerland is one of the oldest and toughest, yet most beautiful IRONMAN events in the world. More than 2,000 athletes from over 70 countries embarked on their exhausting 226 km journey over the weekend, cheered on by more than 100,000 spectators.
Many of the athletes didn’t make it to the finish line. Sergey did!
IRONMAN Sergey Biryukov at the finish line.