Jessica Jacobs, a retired Army captain from Green Bay, paid her own tribute to the 9-11 anniversary by running to a come-from-behind victory in the 10th Ford Ironman Wisconsin.
Jacobs trailed Merideth Kessler by nearly 12 minutes going into the 26.2-mile, closed the gap, made the pass and pulled away over the final eight miles. Her husband, deployed in Iraq, watched via an online feed.
With a remarkable run split of 3:13:39, Jacobs hit the finish line in 9:41:02, nearly 10 minutes ahead of Kessler, from San Francisco. Whitney Garcia was third.
In the men's pro ranks, Ezequiel Morales, of Argentina, cruised to his first Ironman win. His time of 8:45:18 was 12 minutes faster than Stefan Schmid, of Germany. Mac Brown, of Cardiff, Calif., was third.
Thomas Brunold, a professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, added another outstanding performance in his hometown Ironman. Brunold was the top finisher in the age group ranks, with a time of 9:12:44.
Jessica Jacobs celebrates at the finish line of the Ford Ironman Wisconsin.