CHERIE GRUENFELD
Ironman: 27 races, 18 age group wins, 13 world titles, current world champion
Ironman 70.3 2012
, 2014 world champion 

Nine
-time World #1-ranked Amateur Ironman Triathlete
2000 WTC Female Age Grouper of the Year
2001, 2007, 2014 USA Triathlon Female Grandmaster of the Year
Multiple-time USAT All-American Team (#1 Rank)
"Everyday Champion" featured on Wheaties Energy Crunch cereal box


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Birthdate: 7-8-44

 Height: 5'10"

 Weight: 125 lbs

 Age: 71 

2015 Racing Season (all results are age group places)  

Vineman 70.3 (half Ironman) New Course Record 1st place
Wildflower Long Course New Course Record 1st Place
Honu 70.3 New Course Record 1st place
NATIONAL OLYMPIC DISTANCE  CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 1st Place
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New World Record 1st Place

 

2014 Racing Season   

Vineman 70.3 (half Ironman) New Course Record 1st place
St. Croix 70.3 New Course Record 1st Place
Honu 70.3 New Course Record 1st place
WORLD 70.3  CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 1st Place
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New World Record 1st Place

 

2013 Racing Season   

Buffalo Springs 70.3 New Course Record 1st place
Wildflower Long Course New Course Record 1st Place
Honu 70.3 New Course Record 1st place
WORLD 70.3  CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 2nd Place
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New World Record 6th Place


2012 Racing Season
 
 

Vineman 70.3 (half Ironman) Course Record Holder 1st place
St. Croix 70.3 New Course Record 1st Place
Honu 70.3 Course Record Holder 1st place
IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 1st Place
IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Course Record Holder 1st Place


2011 Racing Season
 

Wildflower Long Course (half Ironman) Course Record Holder 1st place
Honu 70.3 New Course Record 1st place
HITS half Ironman Inaugural Record Holder 1st place

<Remainder of season missed due to injury>


2010 Racing Season
 
 

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 1st place
Wildflower Long Course (half Ironman) Course Record Holder 1st place
Honu 70.3 New Course Record

1st place


2009 Racing Season

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP New Course Record 1st place
Wildflower Half Ironman New Course Record

1st place

Santa Barbara Long Course New Course Record

1st Place

Honu 70.3

New Course Record

1st Place

Vineman 70.3

New Course Record 1st Place


2008 Racing Season

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP   1st place
Arizona Ironman New Course Record

1st place

Santa Barbara Long Course  

2nd Place

Buffalo Springs Lake (Lubbock) 70.3

 

2nd Place

Vineman 70.3

New Course Record 1st Place

 

2007 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP   1st place
Arizona Ironman New Course Record

1st place

Buffalo Springs Lake (Lubbock) 70.3

1st Place

Vineman 70.3

1st Place
Santa Barbara Long Course Tri   1st Place

 

 

<No races in 2006 season due to injury>

 

2005 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 3rd place
Wildflower Olympic New Course Record

1st place

XTerra Scramble

1st Place

Camp Pendleton Olympic

1st Place

Vineman Half Ironman

1st Place
Santa Barbara Long Course 1st Place
Desert Sprint 1st Place

 

 

2004 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1st place
St. Croix Half Ironman

1st place

Buffalo Springs Lake Half Ironman

1st Place

Vineman Half Ironman

1st Place

Desert Triathlon

1st Place

 

 

2003 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2nd place
Oceanside/Ralph's Half Ironman

3rd place

Utah Half Ironman

1st Place

Vineman Half Ironman

1st Place

Buffalo Springs  Half Ironman

1st Place

 

 

2002 Racing Season  

Desert Triathlon

1st Place

Big Rock Triathlon

1st Place

Utah Ironman (accident...out for remainder of season)

 

 

2001 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st Place

IRONMAN USA (Lake Placid)

New Course Record (12:08)

1st Place

Keauhou Half Ironman

New Course Record (5:23)

1st Place

Wildflower Half Ironman

1st Place

Big Rock Triathlon

1st Place

Desert Triathlon (Palm Springs)

1st Place

 

 

2000 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

1st Place

Buffalo Springs ½ Ironman

Overall Grand Master Winner

1st Place

Los Angeles Triathlon

1st Place

Big Bear Triathlon

1st Place

Carlsbad Triathlon

1st Place

Desert Triathlon (Palm Springs)

1st Place

 

 

1999 Racing Season

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

New World Record (11:58)

1st Place

Ironman USA - Lake Placid (Inaugural)

Established Course Record

1st Place

Wildflower Half Ironman

1st Place

Keauhou Half-Ironman

New Course Record

1st Place

Oceanside USTS Olympic Distance

1st Place

Carlsbad Sprint Distance

1st Place

   

1998 Racing Season  

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

3rd Place

Keauhou Half-Ironman

New Course Record 

1st Place

MetRx Lake Perris Half Ironman

1st Place

Big Bear Triathlon

1st Place

Ramona 5K

First Female Overall

1st Place

Mission Inn 10K

1st Place

Redlands Classic Bicycle Race

1st Place

Palm Springs Tram Road Challenge

New Course Record

1st Place

Desert Challenge 15K

First Female Overall 

1st Place

Wildflower Half-Ironman

2nd Place

USTS Triathlon (San Diego)

2nd Place

Carlsbad Triathlon

2nd Place

Senior Winter Olympic Games

Three gold medals

 

 

Other Highlights

  '97 EUROPEAN IRONMAN, Germany

New Course Record (11:17)

1st Place

  '97 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

3rd Place

  '96 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

2nd Place

  '95 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1st Place

  94 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1st Place

  ‘94 IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND

2nd Place

  ‘93 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

6th Place

  ’92 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

9th Place

   Furnace Creek 508 (Death Valley) 

 First and only all-female team

  Inside Triathlon’s All-American Team, 1995 - 2000

 

 

 

Ironman Age-Group Records Held:

World 70-74 (Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i) 14:03 2015

World 65-69 (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii):   

13:16

2010

Europe 50-54 (Roth, Germany):   

11:17 

1996

United States 55-59 (Lake Placid):   

12:08

2001

 

#1 Rankings:

World Triathlon Corporation
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Inside Triathlon's
All American Team, 1997-2001, 2004, 2007-2009
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U.S.A. Triathlon Association 
multi-time All-American

 

Magazine, Television & Web Coverage

The Wheaties Box:
Pictures of the box
General Mills announcement
KNBC "surprise" interview (video)
Ironman Website article
Inside Triathlon magazine feature
Desert Sun feature
Mountain News feature

Ironman Website features:
No Diamond in the Rough
Gruenfeld's Winning Legacy
Age Grouper of Year 
Always Exceeding Expectations

Newspapers & Magazines
An Iron Will   
   (Desert Sun)
In the Company of Ironwomen
   (Mountain News)
In it for the Long Run  
   (Desert Sun)
Great Expectations
   (Triathlete magazine)
One From the Heart
   (Inside Triathlon magazine)

Exceeding Expectations: The Cypress Kids:

Articles about the kids  have been moved to the Exceeding Expectations Website, http://eefoundation.org/

Click on the logo to go there:


 

For Lee Gruenfeld's article on "Triathlon Widowhood," click here

 

    Photos of Cherie

     

    Video excerpts of the 2001 NBC Ironman broadcast featuringCherie & the Exceeding Expectations kids

     

    Video of Cherie's record-breaking 1999 Ironman race

 

 

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