Tender Belly’s Sponsored Triathlete Takes Second at IRONMAN World Championships
DENVER, CO—Tender Belly, a purveyor of all-natural heritage breed pork products, announced that sponsored triathlete Ben Hoffman, has placed second in the world at the 2014 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 11.
Hoffman’s 8:19:23 finish in the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 marathon run, carried him to the second-place finish and into the hearts of bacon lovers everywhere – as some of Hoffman’s pre-race meals included Tender Belly pork products.
“We are so proud of the accomplishments that Ben has achieved as an elite athlete – and we are proud to support his efforts in each and every race he competes,” said Shannon Duffy, owner, Tender Belly. “We know that a huge part of his training involved nutrition and are glad to know our pork products can help him achieve his goals and carry him to the next level in his career.”
Hoffman finished the swim in 51:20, the bike in 4:32:20 and the marathon run in 2:51:25 alongside more than 2,000 athletes from 68 countries and territories on six continents. The IRONMAN race is known as the ultimate test of mind, body and spirit.
Hoffman began his professional career in 2007, earning IRONMAN, Half-Ironman and National Champion victories. He started competing in triathlons in college after looking for something new to do, and Hoffman said the college ranks offered him world-class coaching and a solid team from which to build a professional career.
Prior to the IRONMAN World Championships, Hoffman said he treats himself after a race, “Hawaii marks the end of the season, from March through October,” he said. “So I will indulge a little bit – which is important to do in celebration of completing an event that is self-denying in some ways. I like to honor that and give myself a mental and physical break. I’ll spend some time on the beach, have some beers and maybe some bacon.”
Tender Belly pork products are procured using environmentally responsible and fully traceable methods. The animals are fed a 100% vegetarian diet – with no rendered animal byproducts, antibiotics or hormones, and live with plenty of space to roam. As part of its focus on farm-to-table cuisine and local purveyors, Tender Belly partners with a wide network of family-run, co-op farmers across the country to supply it with the finest meats available.
For more information on Tender Belly products, visit the Tender Belly website. For more information on Ben Hoffman, visit www.benhoffmanracingcom or read more in our exclusive Q&A on the Tender Belly blog, where Hoffman talks about his competitive streak, how he preps for a big race and shares his favorite ways to enjoy Tender Belly pork products.
About Tender Belly
Tender Belly delivers the highest quality heritage breed pork products available in today's market. Our all-natural products come from animals raised by local farmers in a stress-free environment and fed a 100% vegetarian diet. Today, Tender Belly specializes in whole hog deliciousness, from nose to tail, including bacon, franks, hams and various cuts. Our products are sold online, in specialty retailer locations and in a wide array of top restaurants across the United States. To learn more, visit www.tenderbelly.com.
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