Up close with Kevin Collington
Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Sat Jul 27 2013
At the beginning of the 2013 season, Collington decided to leave the haven of the USA Triathlon Elite program and committed full time to an independent Boulder, Colorado training base – with a primary focus on the 70.3 distance. His breakthrough came at Ironman 70.3 St George, where he finished 2nd to Brent McMahon of Canada and took home the US Pro Championship. Giving credence to his performance were some of the stars who finished behind him – Andy Potts, Ivan Vasiliev, Matt Reed, TJ Tollakson, Luke McKenzie, Ivan Raña, Trevor Wurtele and Greg Bennett. Making it even sweeter, he rode a BMC frame he bought on E-Bay – which led to a BMC sponsorship.
Proving he was no one-hit wonder, Collington followed that up with a 2nd place finish behind Terenzo Bozzone at Ironman 70.3 Florida, and ahead of internationally renowned Dirk Bockel.
Collington’s 2013 season goal races are Hy-Vee 5i50 in Des Moines and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.
All photographs © Timothy Carlson
Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand edged Kevin Collington of the U.S. by 1:21 and Mary Beth Ellis topped fellow U.S. competitor Mandy McLane by 5:07 to win the Ironman 70.3 Florida overall titles. 5.19.13
Kevin Collington finished second at the loaded Ironman 70.3 St. George and as the top American became the 2013 US Pro Champion. This may have been a bit of a surprise to some onlookers, but surely not to all. 5.07.13
Brent McMahon stormed to the win at Ironman 70.3 St.George and American Kevin Collington grabbed the US Pro title with his second place finish. Meredith Kessler grabbed the US Pro women's title and the top of the podium. 5.04.13
Joe Gambles ran away from Leon Griffin with a race-best 1:13:31 half marathon and Heather Wurtele’s race-fastest bike trumped Caitlin Snow’s race-best run to take top honors at Ironman 70.3 Timberman. 8.19.12