The title goes to Laurel while Rebeccah takes 2nd place, making it a 1-2 Wassner twin day

At Israman Full Iron Distance Triathlon, which took place in Israel last week, the American twins traded places for the top spot and dominated the women’s race.

After the sublime swim in the waters of the Red Sea came the bike, a true test of athletic prowess, which began with a 7-mile stretch, and climbed 2,700 feet to a desert plateau.


(c) Photo: Larry Rosa | Laurel Wassner

Both sisters respond mightily!  

Rebeccah had a great day leading from the start. After a terrific 1:04:55 swim she had a stellar bike split, with 4:03:46 before hitting T2. As she led into the run in her iron distance debut, she gave way to her more experienced sister Laurel at the midway point, making it a 1-2 Wassner twin day.

“One of my goals for this season is to race in unique places and challenging courses,” says Laurel. “It makes the races more interesting – it’s not about sticking to a certain power number or pace, and Israman definitely brought the elements – strong winds, big climbs, cold weather, and a plunging downhill run to start the marathon. At one point along the course you can look up and see three countries – Israel, Jordan, and Egypt – surrounded by mountains, with the Red Sea in the middle.” 

Laurel closed with a 3:30:33 run to finish on the first step of the podium in a time of 11:13:43.



About the Wassner Twins

Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner are professional triathletes living in New York City.  Rebeccah is a three-time winner of the Nautica New York City Triathlon. Laurel is the first cancer-survivor-turned-professional triathlete and the first cancer survivor to win an Iron distance race.

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