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Matt Hanson
United States
World Rank
11
Weight
66kg
Height
1.78m
Age
36
DOB
05/7/85
Swim: Quintana RooBike: Quintana RooRun: On
84%Swim90%Bike100%Run94%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
Biography More

Matt Hanson

"At age 16, I was challenged to make a list of 50 goals to complete in the next 10 years. For some reason, one of those goals was to complete an IRONMAN triathlon.

"I took that list pretty seriously and carried it in my wallet for the entire 10 years. When I was 25, I realised I only had a year left to do it, so I bought a cheap bike on eBay, tried to learn how to swim, and started training for IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene.

"I ended up qualifying for Kona at Coeur d'Alene. From there, I was hooked."

That, in his own words, is how former wrestler Matt Hanson started the journey to the top of the triathlon tree.

That first event was in 2011, he was sixth in his age group and inside the top 50 overall. Just a couple of years later he earned his pro card when second in AG and the third amateur overall at IRONMAN Texas, a race which has been a favourite ever since.

His pro debut came that November in IRONMAN Arizona when he made the top 20, and he hasn't looked back since.

Matt’s list of achievements so far include five IRONMAN wins (including three North American Championship titles at Texas), five half-distance victories, the world record overall time at an IRONMAN-branded event (7:39:25) and the fastest-ever marathon off the bike (2:34:39).

A former professor of exercise science, he is also a successful coach and combines that with his own training.

Giant strides

It is no surprise given his academic background that Matt Hanson knows more than most about every aspect of triathlon.

And he has used that attention to detail to significant effect throughout his career to spark improvements in all three disciplines.

There is no doubt running is his strongest suit, as that 2:34 marathon underlines, but the desire to eke out gains elsewhere is clearly evident.

"I enjoy training in the swim and the bike most because I am still finding quite a bit of improvement in those two areas, " he says.

"Everything you do needs to have a purpose. It isn't about crushing one single session. It is about showing up day-in and day-out and executing each session to the best of your ability.

"Most of the time I train alone (in Storm Lake, Iowa), but a few times a year, I go to Boulder or a training camp and work with (my coach) Julie Dibens' stable of athletes."

In 2014, his first full year as a pro, Matt notched a maiden victory at IRONMAN Chattanooga. He also started his impressive collection of run course records, including Coeur d'Alene, where he was now up into the top five overall.

But it was Texas in 2015 which really proved his breakthrough race. He calls it "a huge step" in his career and the moment he knew he could make his mark in the sport.

"I believe God gives everyone gifts, and we are meant to use them to the best of our abilities. Competing at a high level in triathlon is one of my gifts, so I need to give it my all every day."

And success in Texas has been a theme in his career. He notched his second victory in 2017 with a course and American-best time of 7:52:44.

But it was the following year, when he collected win number three and a hat-trick of North American Championship titles, when he took his record-breaking feats to new heights.

Just 12 months previously Tim Don had set a new best time in an IRONMAN-branded event of 7:40:23 in Florianopolis, Brazil. But Hanson took the mark below 7:40 in Texas thanks to that record marathon of 2:34:39.

He had been 17th after the swim but put himself right in the mix with a 4:07:27 on a bike leg reduced from 112 miles to 110 for safety reasons.

It then came down to an epic duel in the run as he went head to head with Russia's Ivan Tutukin. It was only in the final mile that Matt asserted, winning by 22 seconds.

"It was the perfect storm," he said afterwards.

"Especially the fact that there were a bunch of fast guys who started the run at virtually the same time and I had Ivan on my hip for pretty much 25 miles. It brought out the best in me, and it was an incredible feeling seeing the time."

While Texas has provided him with many of his career highlights, there is one race where he definitely has unfinished business, and that is Kona.

He calls it a "driving force" in his annual schedule, and it is undoubtedly a clear focus going forward. He has raced it six times but his form figures there as a pro are DNF, 34th, 33rd and DNF.

There has been plenty of ill-fortune on the Big Island however, including flats on the bike, a bad crash caused by a mechanical and then, in 2018, what he describes as the most pain he's been in during his career.

"My stomach had pretty much shut down. I couldn't take in any fluids or calories on the run and ended up losing over 20 pounds during the race. I was cramping so bad by the time I got to the downhill section on Palani Road that I had to go down it backwards."

Then in 2019, when everything appeared on track for a big Kona showing after victory at Boulder, he was diagnosed with an injury.

Wrongs to right at Kona

Somehow, Matt got through the swim and the bike sections in Hawaii in 2019 before abandoning his challenge. His injury, diagnosed as a sacral stress fracture, meant he wasn't able to do any running (on solid ground) until the start of January 2020.

Hanson says he has learnt a lot from the experience and he managed the situation superbly as his comeback race by taking a fifth half-distance triumph, at Campeche 70.3.

"I didn't know what to expect, so it was really nice to be able to test out the fitness. It all went really well - I was just three seconds back after the swim and that set up the rest of the day."

Despite the limited amount of running, he still produced a race-best half marathon of 1:15:47 to see off Jackson Laundry and defending champion Michael Weiss.

Away from triathlon, Matt loves being outdoors, spending time with his wife and the simple things like walking the dog or growing fruit and vegetables.

Asked who his hero is, he replies: "My Dad. He was growing up, and he still is today”.

And while he still has a score to settle at Kona, his outlook on his career so far could hardly be more positive.

"I am proud of the place where I am in life now and all of the hard work that it has taken to get here."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
11
2020 Challenge Daytona
97.06
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
92.13
Average
94.59
Ranking History
#1#100#199#2982013201420152016201720182019202020212013Overall36.78 pts#214Swim19.72 pts#392Bike25.80 pts#352Run73.02 pts#1702014Overall157.79 pts#105Swim78.05 pts#310Bike69.37 pts#296Run177.33 pts#82015Overall200.93 pts#77Swim84.77 pts#361Bike136.58 pts#111Run197.12 pts#22016Overall233.59 pts#52Swim94.13 pts#366Bike161.09 pts#62Run201.22 pts#22017Overall258.88 pts#30Swim135.28 pts#247Bike174.26 pts#35Run192.44 pts#72018Overall274.19 pts#20Swim135.28 pts#234Bike160.36 pts#80Run208.52 pts#32019Overall277.89 pts#21Swim119.55 pts#285Bike172.59 pts#46Run213.39 pts#22020Overall290.36 pts#9Swim124.10 pts#204Bike173.83 pts#38Run202.60 pts#22021Overall94.59 pts#11Swim71.21 pts#107Bike83.62 pts#39Run103.44 pts#2
Results
56 Races10
1
8
2
3
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
1 May
11
IM 70.3 St. George
23:40
2:11:58
1:11:06
3:50:39
79.4925
03:43:4679.49
18 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Florida
27:51
2:04:42
1:10:37
3:48:19
80.3096
03:41:4680.31
11 Apr
4
IM 70.3 Texas
25:51
2:06:02
1:09:09
3:43:29
90.1107
03:40:1390.11
12 Mar
13
Challenge Miami
21:54
1:29:22
52:57
2:46:06
73.4279
02:39:4473.43
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
2
Challenge Daytona
24:38
1:41:44
57:21
3:05:56
97.0589
03:05:0797.06
7 Nov
2
IM Florida
55:17
4:11:24
2:41:57
7:55:02
92.119
07:49:2992.12
3 Oct
3
Huntington Triathlon
20:35
55:01
33:38
1:50:40
28.8889
01:40:0028.89
27 Sep
5
IM 70.3 Cozumel
23:10
2:03:28
1:20:30
3:49:50
59.9221
03:36:4859.92
19 Sep
2
Bear Lake Brawl
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:44:46
51.8168
03:29:3751.82
15 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Campeche
24:27
2:06:36
1:15:47
3:48:57
83.0808
03:43:1783.08
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:03:00-
25 Aug
1
IM 70.3 Traverse City
25:19
2:09:45
1:12:35
3:50:33
78.0466
03:43:1278.05
30 Jun
5
IM 70.3 Coeur d'Alene
25:18
2:08:11
1:16:23
3:52:54
66.584
03:41:4766.58
9 Jun
1
IM Boulder
54:01
4:09:17
2:48:34
7:57:03
101.186
07:57:54101.19
19 May
3
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
24:00
2:08:43
1:15:08
3:52:23
68.9236
03:42:0268.92
27 Apr
5
IM Texas
53:39
4:20:43
2:50:08
8:09:28
77.9075
07:53:4677.91
7 Apr
2
IM 70.3 Texas
24:59
2:03:44
1:16:57
3:47:47
50.0288
03:31:5450.03
17 Mar
4
IM 70.3 Campeche
29:23
2:05:46
1:17:29
3:55:28
69.6588
03:45:1369.66
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
2 Dec
2
IM Mar del Plata
22:18
4:28:46
2:45:07
7:39:47
78.9088
07:25:4178.91
28 Oct
4
IM 70.3 Waco
--:--
2:05:51
1:15:37
3:23:23
0
--
13 Oct
33
IM Hawaii
54:26
4:29:11
3:10:34
8:39:58
46.1919
08:01:0846.19
23 Sep
5
IM 70.3 Augusta
--:--
--:--
--:--
3:48:14
69.9305
03:38:2369.93
24 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Coeur d'Alene
25:39
2:09:43
1:11:44
3:50:09
79.4466
03:43:1679.45
20 May
4
IM 70.3 Chattanooga
21:03
2:06:24
1:17:36
3:49:24
64.1709
03:37:4264.17
28 Apr
1
IM Texas
52:31
4:07:27
2:34:39
7:39:25
97.2558
07:37:3297.26
8 Apr
4
IM 70.3 Texas
25:22
2:06:30
1:11:00
3:46:48
73.1947
03:38:0273.19
18 Mar
5
IM 70.3 Campeche
25:08
2:13:01
1:15:11
3:56:08
70.1082
03:46:0070.11
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
29 Oct
6
IM 70.3 Austin
25:48
2:17:50
1:10:39
3:58:19
56.175
03:43:3756.17
14 Oct
34
IM Hawaii
51:22
4:40:45
3:23:58
9:02:04
31.8852
08:11:4931.89
10 Sep
14
IM 70.3 World Championship
27:36
2:17:32
1:13:18
4:01:42
65.9854
03:49:5865.99
13 Aug
2
IM 70.3 Steelhead
27:32
2:06:30
1:10:50
3:49:08
77.9064
03:41:4777.91
16 Jul
5
IM 70.3 Racine
--:--
2:02:32
1:16:03
3:19:31
49.9476
03:05:3549.95
25 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Coeur d'Alene
26:09
2:10:33
1:11:20
3:51:16
83.4564
03:45:4083.46
22 Apr
1
IM Texas
51:46
4:13:53
2:42:07
7:52:44
93.4731
07:48:0993.47
19 Mar
7
IM 70.3 Campeche
27:54
2:21:44
1:13:58
4:06:30
47.536
03:48:3147.54
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
4 Dec
1
IM 70.3 Cartagena
27:08
2:10:30
56:54
3:38:01
0
--
27 Nov
2
IM 70.3 Punta Del Este
26:07
1:53:14
1:13:15
3:46:31
58.0824
03:33:0758.08
30 Oct
3
IM 70.3 Austin
--:--
2:12:57
1:11:13
3:25:43
0
--
23 Oct
8
IM 70.3 Miami
29:46
2:09:25
1:11:29
3:53:16
66.429
03:42:0566.43
25 Sep
4
IM Chattanooga
45:06
4:39:22
2:57:07
8:25:36
65.0048
08:00:2365.00
12 Jun
DNF
IM Cairns
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:07:28-
14 May
23
IM Texas
54:24
3:40:33
3:27:58
8:07:07
0
--
2 Apr
11
IM 70.3 California
26:24
2:17:50
1:12:23
4:02:18
54.1244
03:46:4254.12
5 Mar
4
IM New Zealand
51:34
4:34:42
2:41:20
8:12:30
81.9494
07:59:3181.95
31 Jan
8
IM 70.3 Panama
23:57
2:02:57
1:16:39
3:47:41
56.3771
03:33:4256.38
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
29 Nov
9
IM Cozumel
49:49
4:53:05
3:17:09
9:03:56
15.5591
08:02:4715.56
10 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:15:44-
19 Jul
7
IM 70.3 Racine
26:22
2:10:27
1:19:14
4:00:00
50.9431
03:43:3350.94
16 May
1
IM Texas
55:02
4:21:25
2:45:47
8:07:03
85.2158
07:56:2985.22
28 Mar
13
IM 70.3 California
27:10
2:16:12
1:13:35
4:01:58
51.2652
03:45:2951.27
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
28 Sep
1
IM Chattanooga
40:49
4:40:10
2:47:40
8:12:32
64.452
07:47:3664.45
7 Sep
5
IM Wisconsin
53:32
4:55:17
2:55:42
8:50:16
38.1283
08:05:1438.13
29 Jun
5
IM Coeur d'Alene
1:00:31
4:53:54
2:42:07
8:39:22
44.597
07:59:3144.60
17 May
6
IM Texas
53:43
4:46:16
2:41:38
8:25:51
48.7416
07:49:4448.74
6 Apr
8
IM 70.3 Texas
27:37
2:09:42
1:13:32
3:53:42
34.2944
03:32:4434.29
2013
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
17 Nov
18
IM Arizona
56:29
4:39:13
2:51:11
8:30:29
36.7791
07:46:1636.78
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
94
11
2020
290
9
2019
277
21
2018
274
20
2017
258
30
2016
233
52
2015
200
77
2014
157
105
2013
36
214
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
71
107
2020
124
204
2019
119
285
2018
135
234
2017
135
247
2016
94
366
2015
84
361
2014
78
310
2013
19
392
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
83
39
2020
173
38
2019
172
46
2018
160
80
2017
174
35
2016
161
62
2015
136
111
2014
69
296
2013
25
352
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
103
2
2020
202
2
2019
213
2
2018
208
3
2017
192
7
2016
201
2
2015
197
2
2014
177
8
2013
73
170
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