Ragen’s Second Big Fat Marathon

In May 2014, Ragen announced her intention to enter the LA Marathon, followed a few months later by an announcement she was training for an IRONMAN. In the more than three years to date since she started training, tangible results have been few and far between. Despite apparently training for 3-5 hours every day, she has dropped out of 5Ks, a marathon, multiple super sprint triathlons, and even IRONMAN Arizona 2016. She has achieved limited success in short races, finally shaving a few minutes off her 1:09:50 PR last year, followed by an embarrassing disqualification with implications of cheating, and a blistering 55:57 finish at a local fun run in December. Her entire triathlon record in all this time consists of failing to complete the first event at IRONMAN Arizona 70.3 2015 and a 75% no-show rate.

Regular IronFat updates are no longer featured on this blog as Ragen creaks and groans her way towards yet another no-show or DNF in Tempe this November, but we can report after exactly three years of training she has achieved a new marathon PR of 10:03:09 at day 1 of the New England Mainly Marathons series. This bests her previous marathon PR of 12:19:30 at the 2013 Seattle Marathon. This race series is a low-key multi-day event intended for runners who want to complete marathons in multiple states (Ragen only entered one). As with Seattle, Ragen specifically selected a marathon with no time limit, which in this case goes as far as celebrating cabooses like her. Ragen was in fact dead last, finishing almost two hours after the 74 year old man who came in second last. She reportedly had a film crew in tow for the duration of the event, just like at her Ironman 70.3 DNS/DNF.

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While some may applaud Ragen for actually entering a race and especially for achieving a new PR, we should not lose sight of the fact she is not a random fat person exercising on the internet. This is someone who claims to be a professional athlete “in the top 5% in the country in strength, stamina, flexibility, and all medical markers of health” with perfect bloodwork and blood pressure. Someone who claims she can leg press 1000 lbs, do hundreds of pushups at a time, complete 25 minute sessions of HIIT at 95% HRmax, and various other athletic feats. Someone who says she has “what is considered to be an elite level of health and fitness“. Someone who claims she was ready to swim 2.4 miles and bike 112 miles, but wasn’t completely certain about finishing the marathon afterwards last November. And yet the culmination of literally thousands of hours of intense training over three years is a slow shamble around a dozen loops of a course for 10 hours.

Ragen’s actual results are irreconcilable with her far-flung claims of athleticism, but she continues to use those claims to support a speaking career based on the notion it is perfectly fine to be grossly obese and there are no negative health effects associated with it.

In 6 months and 2 days, Ragen claims she will be able to translate this result into swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and completing a full marathon in under 17 hours. Logic and common sense say otherwise.

Update June 7: Bizarrely, some “official” photos of Ragen have appeared on the Mainly Marathons site separately from the regular race photos. Ragen’s camera crew is visible in one of them. We also received a photo from a random race participant who was so bemused by the video production they actually looked up Ragen online. As of June 7, Ragen has yet to admit she even completed the marathon, referring to it as a “training run” on her blog.

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[Updated] IRONMAN Arizona Race Day Live

Update 2: Accolades are pouring in for Ragen’s decision to drop out of IRONMAN Arizona. As we wrote recently, Ragen will be judged on the grandeur of her delusions rather than her actions and accomplishments. Dropping out of a race is enough for one Facebook commenter to call her an “IRON WOMAN”.

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Update: Ragen has officially dropped out of IRONMAN Arizona, citing the excuses she used in her last IronFat update. She took the opportunity to post an “inspiring”  montage of her fake training selfies. At Dances with Facts we prefer this version.

 

 

Race day is finally upon us at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, AZ. Today international dance champion, marathoner, and elite professional athlete Ragen Chastain competes for fame and glory… or not.

Unfortunately it looks like we are in for an IronFizzle rather than an IronFlop. Ragen flew to Tempe on Friday and completed athlete check-in and registration for 2017, but by all accounts did not take her equipment with her or check her bike in the transition area before the cut-off on Saturday. She spent yesterday ranting about the presidential election on Facebook late into the night without any mention of her IRONMAN attempt, and was still at it at 0330 MST. A friendly message asking if she would be competing and wishing her good luck was removed within minutes. Her last IronFat update was on November 11 — a vague implication she would probably not be competing, even though she could totally $100% finish the swim and bike.

Ragen has a long history of dropping out of athletic events, and it isn’t looking promising this time. Stay tuned for further updates.

https://truthaboutragen.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/road-to-tempe-2015-ragen-the-athletic-dropout/

https://truthaboutragen.wordpress.com/2015/10/04/road-to-tempe-2015-yet-another-ironflop/

https://truthaboutragen.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/road-to-tempe-2016-ironflop-5k/


Official Information

Athlete guide

Race schedule

Course maps

Results and live athlete tracking

Live coverage

Weather

Forecasts are showing a high of approximately 26°C/78.8°F with mostly a mostly sunny morning and some clouds and showers in the afternoon. Water temperature is well under 24.5ºC/76.1ºF, which means the race is wetsuit legal.

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Accuweather forecast for Tempe, AZ

Race Information

The race consists of three segments: a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. All athletes have 2:20 to complete the swim, and approximately 8:10 and 6:30 for the bike and run, respectively. The swim is a self-seeded rolling start rather than a wave start, which means athletes cross a timing mat under the starting arch in a continuous stream. Athlete bib number marking begins at 0500, and the age group swim start is at 0650 and is expected to be complete by 0720. Race results will be available on the official results page, and race photos will be posted on FinisherPix. Ragen’s bib number is 1270.

Schedule

All times in MST (UTC-7).

0500 – Transition area open, bib number body marking

0650 – Age group rolling swim start

0720 – Approximate end of rolling start

0940 – Approximate final swim cut-off

1500 – 1st bike cut-off

1615 – 2nd bike cut-off

1730 – Final bike cut-off

1740 – Run start cut-off

2100 – 1st run cut-off

2230 – 2nd run cut-off

2400 – Final race cut-off


Updates to follow…

[Updated] Road to Tempe 2016: IRONMAN Arizona Schedule and Information

Update 3: It is now almost 11PM MST and Ragen is continuing to post what has become a typical stream of angry rants about the presidential election. A friendly comment asking if she will be competing tomorrow and wishing her good luck was removed within minutes.

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Update 2: We have an unconfirmed report from a blog reader that Ragen’s bike was not in the transition area at the 3PM cut-off. Based on Facebook posts, Ragen’s parner has not made the drive to Tempe with her gear like she did last year. All signs now point to a DNS, but Ragen has made no official announcement or even mentioned her IRONMAN attempt since November 11.

Update: As of noon MST, the Frankenbike was not checked. Still no word on whether Ragen will be competing tomorrow. 

Set your alarm clocks! IRONMAN Arizona begins at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning, Sunday November 20. The gear check-in cut-off is in just over an hour at 1500 MST. As of posting time, we have not received any confirmation Ragen’s Frankenbike made it to Tempe, or that she plans to race tomorrow. Instead she has continued with the usual stream of hourly Facebook rants about the recent presidential election. While we know she completed athlete check-in yesterday, unfortunately there is no way to predict whether she will actually race, so blog readers may be in for some disappointment in the event of an IronFizzle. This post will be kept updated if we learn anything further about Ragen’s participation in IRONMAN Arizona before race day. A new post will be added tomorrow morning with live race day updates on Ragen’s progress or lack thereof.

Official Information

Athlete guide

Race schedule

Course maps

Results and live athlete tracking

Weather

Forecasts are showing a high of approximately 26°C/78.8°F with mostly a mostly sunny morning and some clouds and showers in the afternoon. Water temperature is approximately 20ºC/68ºFx, which means the race is wetsuit legal.

Tempe Town Lake Water Temperature

Accuweather forecast for Tempe, AZ

Race Information

The race consists of three segments: a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. All athletes have 2:20 to complete the swim, and approximately 8:10 and 6:30 for the bike and run, respectively. The swim is a self-seeded rolling start rather than a wave start, which means athletes cross a timing mat under the starting arch in a continuous stream. Athlete bib number marking begins at 0500, and the age group swim start is at 0650 and is expected to be complete by 0720. Race results will be available on the official results page, and race photos will be posted on FinisherPix. Ragen’s bib number is 1270.

Schedule

All times in MST.

0650 – Age group rolling swim start

0720 – Approximate end of rolling start

0940 – Approximate final swim cut-off

1500 – 1st bike cut-off

1615 – 2nd bike cut-off

1730 – Final bike cut-off

1740 – Run start cut-off

2100 – 1st run cut-off

2230 – 2nd run cut-off

2400 – Final race cut-off

Road to Tempe 2016: IronFlop 2.0 Begins

In a surprise move echoing last year’s performance, Ragen flew from Los Angeles to Phoenix, AZ early this morning. She took the opportunity to post a rant on Facebook about clearly oversized chairs with arms at the airport and has not officially confirmed she plans to race on Sunday. Thanks to a keen-eyed blog reader who was coincidentally checking in at the same time, Dances with Facts has received definitive photo confirmation Ragen is checked in as of 9:55AM MST and also registered for 2017. We note again that Ragen has not confirmed she will actually be racing, and may simply have flown to Tempe to take advantage of pre-race registration for 2017 and a non-refundable flight. This post will be updated throughout the day if further information becomes available, and the detailed event information will be posted tomorrow.

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Road to Tempe 2016: Final Deadline

About an hour after our previous update, Ragen “coincidentally” broke a long silence on IronFat with the revelation that she would probably not be showing up for IRONMAN Arizona this year. The post is full of various excuses for her lack of updates, illogical reasoning for dropping out of the race, and vague new accusations of stalking and harassment. Since then, Ragen has written a flurry of posts on Dances with Fat about various stale fat-related news items; in fact, more posts than she had written in the entire month preceding her announcement, when she was apparently so busy training she had no time to blog.

Per the official IRONMAN Arizona schedule, Ragen has until 5PM MST today (November 18) to check in. Tempe, AZ is over a 6 hour drive from where she lives. As of an hour ago she was posting on Facebook about “weight neutral stock photos” and continuing her election results meltdown, with no indication whatsoever she planned to compete in an IRONMAN in two days. In fact, Ragen has not mentioned her IRONMAN attempt a single time since her big open-ended announcement on November 11.

At this point it would appear that IronFlop 2.0 will be more of an IronFizzle in the form of yet another DNS to add to Ragen’s decades-long list of athletic dropouts. Since her update, Ragen has received numerous positive comments on her blog about how inspirational and honest she is, so as usual it would seem she will be judged on the grandeur of her delusions rather than her actions and achievements.

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It remains a mystery what Ragen has achieved during her 2 1/2 years of training.

 

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A person who is willing to stoop as low as fake training selfies is considered inspiring for her honesty.

We will continue to update this post if more information about Ragen’s IRONMAN Arizona bid comes to light.

Road to Tempe 2016: The Home Stretch

Update: Almost exactly an hour after this post was published, Ragen broke a several week long silence with the news she may drop out of IRONMAN Arizona this year. As usual, the excuses are flowing freely along with mysterious new accusations of stalking and harassment. It appears that Ragen will leave us hanging until November 20 to find out whether she actually decides to show up.

In exactly nine days, Ragen Chastain claims she will swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon in under 17 hours at IRONMAN Arizona in Tempe, AZ. As it stands, she has not shown even the slightest indication she has the necessary fitness and athletic ability to complete any part of an IRONMAN, despite apparently training for 3-5 hours every single day since mid-2014. In the last few years, Ragen has dropped out of multiple triathlons and runs, been hit with numerous scandals like being caught faking training selfies, and put in a dismal set of performances in a handful of 5Ks, ultimately culminating in course cutting a novelty fun run.

Since August, Ragen has posted a grand total of two IronFat updates. The first one is a typical harrowing Ragen-style account of “running” on her birthday, complete with an emergency bathroom break and a random stranger encounter in the form of a food-moralizing homeless man. As usual she gives no indication of pace or distance, and based on what little information she does reveal, it may actually amount to as little as 2-3 miles. However, she claims she planned to be out for two hours, which points to a walk-run of around 6 miles based on the only running pace she has ever admitted to publicly. That may be a high estimate given Ragen has struggled to maintain that pace for even 3.1 miles in recent races. We also note Ragen’s mysterious chlorine allergy is apparently not enough of an issue to prevent her from staying in a hotel room with a chlorine pool. She provided a bizarre explanation to a Facebook follower.

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The most recent IronFat update posted the same day is another “running” story, this time a late night run through rain with what is becoming a Ragen trademark: another emergency bathroom break. After 2 1/2 years of intense training, she is apparently still unable to manage basic hydration, and chooses to carry a large hydration belt and drink excessive amounts of water to the point of extreme urinary urgency. We also note that heat is apparently Ragen’s “sworn enemy when it comes to training”, and basic race strategies like hydration are beyond her abilities, yet Arizona is her chosen location for endurance events.

It has now been several weeks since the last IronFat updates, which themselves came after almost two months of total silence. In this time Ragen has not mentioned IronFat on her blog or on social media. She spent last week working a real job as a programs manager at the ironically-named Lean Startup Conference as she did in 2015. In the last few months she has written occasional pieces for Ravishly and generally neglected her main blog as well as IronFat. A dedicated Dances with Fat reader recently asked if Ragen even plans to keep writing her blog due to the limited updates, and was met with a vitriolic reply that has since been deleted.

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This close to IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona last year, excitement was building. There was a flurry of activity as Ragen juggled speaking engagements, the Fat Activism Conference, and cross-country travel. Fake Selfie Sunday made another appearance, and our pre-race training recap shows just how much effort Ragen had put into maintaining IronFat. She had even been on an international trip to Iceland a month prior and given an absurd magazine interview about her IRONMAN training where she claimed she might one day be murdered for her views on fat acceptance.

A year later and it is clear Ragen has little interest in IronFat; information has been even more lacking, updates even more sporadic. We can only assume Ragen will actually show up on race day given the lengths she went to for her swim DNS last year, but her actions certainly suggest otherwise. At the moment she is in the midst of having a meltdown on social media about the recent U.S. election results, and it would seem the impending IronFlop 2.0 is even less important than usual. Rest assured she has vowed to bravely soldier on with her particular brand of self-serving slacktivism, however.

To celebrate IronFlop 2.0, Dances with Facts will be reposting some of Ragen’s greatest hits over the next week as well as attempting to summarize what little information can be gleaned from the last year of meaningless IronFat updates. We will also be hosting live updates on race day as we did last year, starting early on November 20. IRONMAN Arizona event information will be posted shortly. Onwards to IRONMAN glory, Ragen!