A Year in Review: the purplepatch professionals

by: Matt Dixon

As we head toward the end of the year, it is a perfect time to reflect on a wonderful season of performance at purplepatch. Over the coming weeks we will look back at some compelling stories of self-triumph from our amateur athletes, but first we reflect on a successful season by the purplepatch professionals, a significant source of inspiration for the entire purplepatch community.

What a year it has been for the team, full of so many special memories. Below is some of the ‘headline news’ that the purplepatch pros created throughout the 2016 season.

Our Team of 10 Professionals:

Sam Appleton Sarah Cameto
Kevin Collington Malindi Elmore
Davide Giardini Sarah Piampiano
Tim Reed Laura Siddall
Drew Scott Jesse Thomas

Consistent stream of successes in 2016

What better way to tell the story of the purplepatch professionals than in chronological order?

The year kicked off with our pro training camp in Kona, Hawaii this past February where we focused on defining habits and I asked the pros to ‘nail the basics’ and ‘be present in all training sessions.’ If they could do those two things well, success would follow. And indeed it did… I couldn’t be more proud of the results the team achieved this year.

February and March:  

  • Laura Siddall takes on the “Dirty Dixon Double” earning a 2nd place at Challenge Wanaka Iron-distance, and backing it up two weeks later with a great 4th place at IRONMAN New Zealand
  • Sam Appleton wins at IRONMAN 70.3 Buenos Aires in his first race as a purplepatch pro.
  • Tim Reed gets his season underway with 3rd place at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside and a win at IRONMAN 70.3 Cebu

April and May:

  • 1-2 punch for Sarah Piampiano and Sarah Cameto at IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans
  • Wildflower #6 for Jesse Thomas:  a record-breaking feat that will go down in the history books.
  • IRONMAN Australia Win and Course Record for Tim Reed, capped with a 2:52 marathon in the cold rain.
  • IRONMAN Lanzarote Win for Jesse Thomas with a 2:46 marathon, and beating World Champion Jan Frodeno along the way.
  • IRONMAN Brazil podium for Kevin Collington, capped with a 2:48 marathon.
  • First Pro Win for Davide Giardini at Challenge San Gil
  • A tough break! Drew Scott breaks his collarbone in a bike accident.
  • Sam Appleton keeps progressing with a nice 2nd place at IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, and a nice preview of the 2017 70.3 Worlds course

June and July:  

  • Malindi Elmore goes on a podium streak with 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary 70.3, 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria and 3rd at IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene.
  • Sub-9hrs Iron-distance and 4th place for Laura Siddall at Challenge Roth.
  • First Pro win at Challenge Poznan as Laura backs up her 4th place at Roth the week prior.
  • Kevin Collington collects wins:  Challenge Iceland and IRONMAN 70.3 South Korea.
  • Domination by Sarah Piampiano to win IRONMAN Vineman by 45 minutes.

August and September:

  • IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPION!  Well done Tim Reed.
  • 5th place IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships - Massive performance Sam Appleton.
  • 12th place IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships - well done Laura Siddall
  • 2nd place Challenge Penticton for Drew Scott.  Welcome back!


  • IRONMAN Hawaii World Championships 7th place for Sarah Piampiano
  • Keeps raining wins and podiums:  Tim Reed wins IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand, Malindi Elmore takes 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta and Davide Giardini is 2nd at Challenge Aruba, missing the win by 7 seconds.

November and December:

  • First IRONMAN podium with a 3rd place at IRONMAN Malaysia for Laura Siddall.
  • Malindi Elmore goes sub 9 hours and a 3rd place podium spot in her debut IRONMAN in Arizona
  • Sarah Piampiano achieves her first sub 9 hour performance and 3rd place at IRONMAN Western Australia
  • Davide Giardini places 2nd at IRONMAN 70.3 Cartagena.
  • Laura Siddall misses the win by just 8 seconds at IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo by 8 short seconds, but a great 2nd place
  • Sam Appleton finishes off a super year with a solid 3rd place at IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain