American triathlete Chris Leifermanhas a reputation for race-best bike splits and dominating runs. Chris’s unrelenting racing style, podium performances and likeability have positioned him as a fan favorite and a force to be reckoned with during the 2020IRONMAN season.
Chris is thequintessential all-American athlete. His humble mid-West upbringing with four brothers ingrained a strong work ethic and early love of competition. Chris competed in wrestling, football and cross-country before moving to Colorado from his native Minnesota to attend Colorado State University. Chris enjoys winning races but defines his personal success as achieving reverence from integrity, character and balanced mental, family and relationship health.
2015 and 2016 were development yearsfor Chris, who earned multiple 70.3 podiums andhisfirst full-distance IRONMAN win in Mont Tremblant.Working through injuries in 2017, Chris exploded in 2018, winning two key IRONMAN races, Louisville and Boulder, where he set a new IRONMAN record (8:07.55) against a stacked field and securedhis qualification for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championships.Chris finished a remarkable 10th at his Kona debut, demonstrating his ability to challenge for the podium in 2020. Chris is a member of the distinguished BMC-Vifit Triathlon Team. He lives with his wife, Zana, in Boulder and the couple is expecting their first baby. Chris mainly follows a plant-based training diet both for performance optimization and to minimize his environmental footprint.
- 2019 IRONMAN World Championships 10th (Kona debut)
- 2019 70.3 Boulder 1st
- 2018 IRONMAN Boulder 1st
- 2018 IRONMAN Louisville 1st
- 2017 70.3 Oceanside 2st
- 2016 IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 1st
- 2016 70.3 Austin 1st
- 2016 70.3 Boulder 2st
- 2016 70.3 Mont Tremblant 3st
- 2016 Wildflower 3st
- 2016 IRONMAN Cozumel 3st
- 2015 70.3 Puerto Rico 2st
- 2015 70.3 Buffalo Springs 2st
- 2015 Wildflower 3rdst
- 2015 Challenge Knoxville 2st