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Meredith Kessler

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94
World Rank
18
National
51
Swim
84
Bike
174
Run
United States
Weight
59kg
Height
1.72m
Age
45
Born
1978
Swim
Roka
Bike
Trek
Run
Nike
Biography

Meredith Kessler

In a poll in 2018 to celebrate 40 years of IRONMAN, the winner for ‘greatest American female triathlete’ was Meredith Kessler.

That should come as no great surprise as PTO Board member Meredith’s career is virtually unparalleled in the sport, with more than 30 titles at full and half distance. She also just happens to be one of the most popular athletes around.

Kessler bought a first triathlon bike with her graduation money in 2000 and entered a first full-distance race just two weeks later. The early part of her career meanwhile, which featured nearly 30 full-distance races, was combined with an investment banking job which took up 60 hours per week.

It was not until 2009, by which time the influential Matt Dixon was coaching her, that Meredith felt she was ready to move into the pro ranks. From that moment on the records started to stack up.

She was seventh in her first pro race at IRONMAN Arizona that November and the first win came in 2010 in Canada. All this while still working in banking and training only around 15 hours per week.

It was time to take the next step and go full-time into triathlon, with the next couple of seasons seeing her and Dixon fine-tune training her racing and preparation before she hit new heights from 2012 onwards.

She was super-strong in every aspect, to the fore in the swim, one of the very best cyclists and hard to beat in the run.

Her achievements are astonishing and include five consecutive titles at IRONMAN New Zealand (2012-2016), which saw her dubbed the 'Queen of Taupo', and three Arizona titles (2014-2016), back where it all started.

She gave birth to her son Mak in 2017 before returning to the sport in 2018, balancing family life with her training for "the best of both worlds".

She was sixth in her comeback race at IRONMAN Texas before adding two more 70.3 victories to her record at Raleigh and Mont-Tremblant. There were no fewer than six podiums in 2019, before 2020 started with a second place back at the happy hunting ground of Taupo.

As well as giving so much to the sport through her performances and persona, Meredith has also enjoyed reaching out to others by developing the ‘Life Of A Triathlete’ manuals with her husband. The objective is to help individuals reach their athletic goals faster than they would on their own.

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Current PTO World Ranking Points
94
Ironman Mont Tremblant 2023
Bonus +5%
75.27
Ironman New Zealand 2024
59.55
Ironman Maryland 2023
59.07
Sum / 3
64.63
Ranking History
#1#55#109#163#217200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242009Overall11.84 pts#96Swim33.81 pts#91Bike30.97 pts#125Run7.53 pts#1312010Overall68.86 pts#13Swim81.29 pts#8Bike71.45 pts#31Run66.88 pts#222011Overall74.78 pts#14Swim84.56 pts#10Bike80.80 pts#26Run68.90 pts#232012Overall80.33 pts#10Swim97.28 pts#2Bike82.78 pts#24Run64.44 pts#352013Overall86.28 pts#8Swim101.76 pts#1Bike94.25 pts#11Run60.00 pts#522014Overall99.00 pts#5Swim102.85 pts#2Bike101.70 pts#7Run78.77 pts#342015Overall99.88 pts#6Swim101.81 pts#3Bike102.38 pts#5Run78.77 pts#452016Overall98.91 pts#4Swim98.99 pts#6Bike99.41 pts#14Run75.15 pts#672017Overall92.81 pts#16Swim97.29 pts#9Bike94.07 pts#29Run72.37 pts#822018Overall81.56 pts#47Swim89.00 pts#25Bike88.67 pts#52Run66.28 pts#1052019Overall83.28 pts#42Swim92.90 pts#10Bike88.67 pts#55Run72.48 pts#752020Overall88.57 pts#25Swim91.36 pts#10Bike85.59 pts#46Run80.26 pts#462021Overall55.22 pts#72Swim94.31 pts#18Bike67.76 pts#76Run59.48 pts#942022Overall17.41 pts#192Swim40.62 pts#215Bike35.42 pts#203Run28.44 pts#2152023Overall69.21 pts#74Swim69.36 pts#56Bike72.86 pts#62Run55.73 pts#1182024Overall64.63 pts#94Swim71.97 pts#51Bike69.11 pts#84Run45.61 pts#174

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

87 Races22
1
14
2
13
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
02 Mar
6
SilverIronman New Zealand55:544:58:013:23:109:22:44
59.55
81.88
59.55
Swim55:54
Bike4:58:01
Run3:23:10

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
16 Sep
5
SilverIronman Maryland12:464:40:393:18:088:16:56
59.07
61.12
59.07
Swim12:46
Bike4:40:39
Run3:18:08
20 Aug
2
SilverIronman Mont Tremblant52:505:02:183:20:059:20:51
71.69
64.81
71.69
Swim52:50
Bike5:02:18
Run3:20:05
21 May
8
SilverIronman 70.3 Chattanooga26:592:24:381:27:244:22:38
61.6
83.37
61.60
Swim26:59
Bike2:24:38
Run1:27:24
06 May
8
GoldIronman 70.3 St. George27:422:24:461:27:384:24:09
70.75
78.33
70.75
Swim27:42
Bike2:24:46
Run1:27:38
04 Mar
4
SilverIronman New Zealand54:365:09:253:20:349:30:50
58.23
64.68
58.23
Swim54:36
Bike5:09:25
Run3:20:34

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
04 Dec
10
Clash Daytona27:351:59:461:13:193:43:23
52.2401
03:28:27
52.24
Swim27:35
Bike1:59:46
Run1:13:19
07 Aug
16
Ironman 70.3 Boulder27:442:23:161:35:204:29:59
23.3205
04:02:08
23.32
Swim27:44
Bike2:23:16
Run1:35:20
23 May
10
Ironman Tulsa53:275:17:163:32:509:48:50
24.0107
08:48:35
24.01
Swim53:27
Bike5:17:16
Run3:32:50
01 May
12
Ironman 70.3 St. George26:052:28:491:31:554:31:54
45.5421
04:11:22
45.54
Swim26:05
Bike2:28:49
Run1:31:55
12 Mar
10
Challenge Miami23:151:37:441:06:463:09:58
67.8744
03:01:14
67.87
Swim23:15
Bike1:37:44
Run1:06:46

2020

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
07 Nov
3
Ironman Florida58:594:44:273:08:088:59:01
82.1576
08:44:58
82.16
Swim58:59
Bike4:44:27
Run3:08:08
03 Oct
2
Huntington Triathlon21:141:02:3636:222:02:25
53.9059
01:54:30
53.91
Swim21:14
Bike1:02:36
Run36:22
07 Mar
2
Ironman New Zealand52:264:52:413:04:528:56:03
98.7956
08:55:05
98.80
Swim52:26
Bike4:52:41
Run3:04:52
15 Feb
3
Challenge Wanaka Half25:412:39:371:26:054:36:12
60.8595
04:20:53
60.86
Swim25:41
Bike2:39:37
Run1:26:05

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
14 Dec
4
Challenge Daytona23:101:29:0149:442:44:45
74.5852
02:38:42
74.59
Swim23:10
Bike1:29:01
Run49:44
24 Nov
3
Ironman Arizona53:444:54:383:10:199:05:35
80.7003
08:50:14
80.70
Swim53:44
Bike4:54:38
Run3:10:19
12 Oct
33
Ironman Hawaii54:215:28:474:57:3611:27:45
0
09:01:46
-
Swim54:21
Bike5:28:47
Run4:57:36
25 Aug
4
Ironman 70.3 Traverse City26:322:28:441:26:074:25:05
61.8453
04:10:44
61.85
Swim26:32
Bike2:28:44
Run1:26:07
18 Aug
6
Ironman Mont Tremblant50:175:21:263:26:439:43:42
44.0868
08:58:32
44.09
Swim50:17
Bike5:21:26
Run3:26:43
03 Aug
3
Ironman 70.3 Boulder27:342:20:171:27:134:18:58
76.8707
04:10:17
76.87
Swim27:34
Bike2:20:17
Run1:27:13
27 Jul
8
Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa26:592:36:251:25:254:36:05
32.5977
04:10:44
32.60
Swim26:59
Bike2:36:25
Run1:25:25
30 Jun
2
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead26:402:18:331:26:404:15:33
75.524
04:06:30
75.52
Swim26:40
Bike2:18:33
Run1:26:40
23 Jun
2
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant25:002:28:551:23:434:21:23
61.0357
04:06:57
61.04
Swim25:00
Bike2:28:55
Run1:23:43
19 May
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga--:----:----:----:--
04:09:25
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
07 Apr
5
Ironman 70.3 Texas25:522:15:281:24:134:08:07
71.7593
03:58:02
71.76
Swim25:52
Bike2:15:28
Run1:24:13
02 Mar
3
Ironman New Zealand49:225:09:493:07:489:12:03
84.7446
08:59:42
84.74
Swim49:22
Bike5:09:49
Run3:07:48
16 Feb
2
Challenge Wanaka Half--:----:----:--4:32:19
72.424
04:21:30
72.42
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
09 Dec
3
Challenge Daytona22:031:32:0153:382:50:35
1.89046
02:28:42
1.89
Swim22:03
Bike1:32:01
Run53:38
18 Nov
6
Ironman Arizona53:024:52:353:18:269:09:47
73.939
08:49:06
73.94
Swim53:02
Bike4:52:35
Run3:18:26
13 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
08:47:39
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
19 Aug
3
Ironman Mont Tremblant53:545:03:033:20:579:23:09
79.5842
09:06:25
79.58
Swim53:54
Bike5:03:03
Run3:20:57
24 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant24:572:20:501:24:394:14:35
84.0004
04:08:37
84.00
Swim24:57
Bike2:20:50
Run1:24:39
03 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh27:382:23:321:26:184:20:53
78.0022
04:12:33
78.00
Swim27:38
Bike2:23:32
Run1:26:18
20 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga20:542:20:491:25:334:12:20
78.7819
04:04:33
78.78
Swim20:54
Bike2:20:49
Run1:25:33
05 May
5
Ironman 70.3 St. George24:462:23:371:29:374:21:32
72.3457
04:11:07
72.35
Swim24:46
Bike2:23:37
Run1:29:37
28 Apr
6
Ironman Texas53:474:34:323:13:278:47:44
81.0984
08:33:11
81.10
Swim53:47
Bike4:34:32
Run3:13:27

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
01 Apr
DNF
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside--:----:----:----:--
04:15:11
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
04 Mar
3
Ironman New Zealand53:235:10:543:18:119:27:19
76.7102
09:08:10
76.71
Swim53:23
Bike5:10:54
Run3:18:11

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Dec
1
Ironman 70.3 Taupo25:362:23:391:27:544:22:36
68.3088
04:10:41
68.31
Swim25:36
Bike2:23:39
Run1:27:54
20 Nov
1
Ironman Arizona49:314:44:243:09:408:48:23
90.3793
08:40:52
90.38
Swim49:31
Bike4:44:24
Run3:09:40
08 Oct
35
Ironman Hawaii52:465:07:454:19:3210:25:17
9.8941
09:10:50
9.89
Swim52:46
Bike5:07:45
Run4:19:32
26 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant24:092:25:581:33:544:28:15
58.5561
04:12:33
58.56
Swim24:09
Bike2:25:58
Run1:33:54
05 Jun
2
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh26:572:22:531:29:044:22:46
72.1139
04:12:13
72.11
Swim26:57
Bike2:22:53
Run1:29:04
07 May
3
Ironman 70.3 St. George26:272:24:501:27:164:22:02
85.928
04:16:37
85.93
Swim26:27
Bike2:24:50
Run1:27:16
05 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand47:494:56:403:06:038:56:08
102.128
08:57:51
102.13
Swim47:49
Bike4:56:40
Run3:06:03

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
12 Dec
1
Ironman 70.3 Taupo25:572:23:311:22:514:17:31
77.013
04:08:56
77.01
Swim25:57
Bike2:23:31
Run1:22:51
15 Nov
1
Ironman Arizona48:254:42:133:08:588:44:00
97.5098
08:42:03
97.51
Swim48:25
Bike4:42:13
Run3:08:58
10 Oct
26
Ironman Hawaii56:135:37:395:44:5712:26:22
0
09:16:02
-
Swim56:13
Bike5:37:39
Run5:44:57
30 Aug
DNF
Ironman 70.3 World Championship--:----:----:----:--
04:17:55
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
12 Jul
1
Ironman 70.3 Vineman24:062:44:501:24:284:11:58
88.1513
04:07:34
88.15
Swim24:06
Bike2:44:50
Run1:24:28
21 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant24:192:16:271:25:294:10:32
97.1047
04:09:27
97.10
Swim24:19
Bike2:16:27
Run1:25:29
31 May
1
Ironman 70.3 Raleigh27:202:19:081:24:544:14:00
92.4348
04:11:09
92.43
Swim27:20
Bike2:19:08
Run1:24:54
02 May
2
Ironman 70.3 St. George25:102:26:151:24:564:19:27
85.6508
04:13:59
85.65
Swim25:10
Bike2:26:15
Run1:24:56
07 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand49:365:04:293:07:189:05:45
90.4803
08:58:04
90.48
Swim49:36
Bike5:04:29
Run3:07:18
27 Feb
7
Challenge Dubai25:082:27:191:26:394:22:41
70.5863
04:11:35
70.59
Swim25:08
Bike2:27:19
Run1:26:39
18 Jan
1
Ironman 70.3 Auckland25:222:26:521:25:214:20:12
69.2198
04:08:43
69.22
Swim25:22
Bike2:26:52
Run1:25:21

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
06 Dec
10
Challenge Bahrain23:042:21:141:24:454:12:56
65.0485
04:00:20
65.05
Swim23:04
Bike2:21:14
Run1:24:45
16 Nov
1
Ironman Arizona50:224:48:063:07:568:50:41
104.76
08:54:30
104.76
Swim50:22
Bike4:48:06
Run3:07:56
11 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
09:10:30
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
07 Sep
4
Ironman 70.3 World Championship24:362:22:321:24:124:16:03
82.5897
04:09:32
82.59
Swim24:36
Bike2:22:32
Run1:24:12
13 Jul
1
Ironman 70.3 Vineman24:462:21:161:21:494:11:43
90.9626
04:08:21
90.96
Swim24:46
Bike2:21:16
Run1:21:49
22 Jun
1
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant25:152:19:211:24:394:13:23
97.3585
04:12:23
97.36
Swim25:15
Bike2:19:21
Run1:24:39
03 May
1
Ironman 70.3 St. George24:142:23:061:20:504:11:53
94.8882
04:09:58
94.89
Swim24:14
Bike2:23:06
Run1:20:50
29 Mar
3
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside24:122:28:001:23:434:19:52
84.1541
04:13:50
84.15
Swim24:12
Bike2:28:00
Run1:23:43
01 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand46:475:08:303:08:069:08:46
87.0163
08:58:17
87.02
Swim46:47
Bike5:08:30
Run3:08:06

2013

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
17 Nov
2
Ironman Arizona50:144:45:333:16:058:55:47
83.6834
08:42:59
83.68
Swim50:14
Bike4:45:33
Run3:16:05
12 Oct
7
Ironman Hawaii54:064:55:133:16:359:10:19
94.9959
09:06:13
95.00
Swim54:06
Bike4:55:13
Run3:16:35
24 Mar
12
Ironman Melbourne21:544:56:493:29:038:51:33
0
-
-
Swim21:54
Bike4:56:49
Run3:29:03
02 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand47:375:04:443:19:249:17:10
83.8435
09:03:59
83.84
Swim47:37
Bike5:04:44
Run3:19:24

2012

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
18 Nov
2
Ironman Arizona50:174:53:413:18:129:06:41
79.4037
08:50:18
79.40
Swim50:17
Bike4:53:41
Run3:18:12
03 Nov
4
Ironman Florida52:444:47:003:22:529:08:28
70.2232
08:45:01
70.22
Swim52:44
Bike4:47:00
Run3:22:52
13 Oct
DNF
Ironman Hawaii--:----:----:----:--
09:16:03
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
09 Sep
23
Ironman 70.3 World Championship26:092:42:171:50:535:03:55
0
-
-
Swim26:09
Bike2:42:17
Run1:50:53
24 Jun
1
Ironman Coeur d'Alene51:535:13:163:12:049:21:44
78.268
09:04:00
78.27
Swim51:53
Bike5:13:16
Run3:12:04
29 Apr
1
Ironman St. George52:425:57:143:18:2310:12:59
68.0505
09:44:57
68.05
Swim52:42
Bike5:57:14
Run3:18:23
04 Mar
1
Ironman New Zealand26:392:29:571:21:384:22:46
0
-
-
Swim26:39
Bike2:29:57
Run1:21:38

2011

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
19 Nov
3
Ironman Arizona51:464:53:363:10:189:00:14
83.3244
08:47:03
83.32
Swim51:46
Bike4:53:36
Run3:10:18
05 Nov
3
ITU Long Distance--:--3:35:152:03:545:40:45
0
-
-
Swim--:--
Bike3:35:15
Run2:03:54
11 Sep
2
Ironman Wisconsin53:075:15:313:34:519:50:45
50.8013
09:10:09
50.80
Swim53:07
Bike5:15:31
Run3:34:51
28 Aug
3
Ironman Canada53:315:06:463:33:399:37:22
52.1482
08:58:42
52.15
Swim53:31
Bike5:06:46
Run3:33:39

2010

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
21 Nov
4
Ironman Arizona51:215:07:463:11:339:15:01
67.6973
08:49:22
67.70
Swim51:21
Bike5:07:46
Run3:11:33
09 Oct
26
Ironman Hawaii58:005:31:573:28:1110:04:02
29.7036
09:06:25
29.70
Swim58:00
Bike5:31:57
Run3:28:11
29 Aug
1
Ironman Canada49:595:09:333:10:149:13:46
73.31
08:52:27
73.31
Swim49:59
Bike5:09:33
Run3:10:14
27 Jun
2
Ironman Coeur d'Alene54:075:11:163:14:239:23:52
65.558
08:56:10
65.56
Swim54:07
Bike5:11:16
Run3:14:23
01 May
2
Ironman St. George51:545:37:483:12:409:46:58
60.01
09:13:45
60.01
Swim51:54
Bike5:37:48
Run3:12:40

2009

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
22 Nov
7
Ironman Arizona54:125:05:263:32:519:37:09
35.5186
08:46:15
35.52
Swim54:12
Bike5:05:26
Run3:32:51

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
64
94
2023
69
74
2022
17
192
2021
55
72
2020
88
25
2019
83
42
2018
81
47
2017
92
16
2016
98
4
2015
99
6
2014
99
5
2013
86
8
2012
80
10
2011
74
14
2010
68
13
2009
11
96

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
71
51
2023
69
56
2022
40
215
2021
94
18
2020
91
10
2019
92
10
2018
89
25
2017
97
9
2016
98
6
2015
101
3
2014
102
2
2013
101
1
2012
97
2
2011
84
10
2010
81
8
2009
33
91

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
69
84
2023
72
62
2022
35
203
2021
67
76
2020
85
46
2019
88
55
2018
88
52
2017
94
29
2016
99
14
2015
102
5
2014
101
7
2013
94
11
2012
82
24
2011
80
26
2010
71
31
2009
30
125

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
45
174
2023
55
118
2022
28
215
2021
59
94
2020
80
46
2019
72
75
2018
66
105
2017
72
82
2016
75
67
2015
78
45
2014
78
34
2013
59
52
2012
64
35
2011
68
23
2010
66
22
2009
7
131
TEST