The Weekend Box Jul 14 2013

In this issue of The Weekend Box, we look at a remarkable comeback performance at Ironman 70.3 Vineman, the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship, Ironman 70.3 Muncie, Minneapolis Life Time Fitness, a breakthrough win by a U.S. woman at the Palamos ITU World Cup, the nomination of television director and producer Peter Henning to the Ironman Hall of Fame and a new Challenge event in Mallorca.

Docherty tops men, Kessler shines in comeback at Vineman 70.3

Olympic silver and bronze medal winner and 2004 ITU World Champion Docherty, who signaled he could be a serious contender at Kona with a big win at Ironman New Zealand, set a course record of 3:45:10 in holding off Tim Reed, Terenzo Bozzone, Joe Gambles and Tim Don at the wine country classic. Docherty took control with a race-fastest 2:06:48 bike split that was 90 seconds to 2:30 better than his closest challengers. Docherty’s 3rd-fastest 1:12:16 run brought the Kiwi to the finish with a 2:04 margin of victory over Reed and 2:11 over Bozzone.

While Docherty set a men’s course record, Kessler gave the performance of the day as she combined a women’s race-best 25:03 swim, a 2nd-fastest 2:22:49 bike split and a race-fastest 1:20:46 half marathon to finish in a swift 4:13:18 with a 1:51 margin of victory over star 70.3 performer Heather Jackson and 6:27 over Amy Marsh.

All in all, Kessler’s was a stunning performance just six weeks after she was knocked unconscious and hospitalized with head injuries suffered in a head on collision with an off course age group competitor at Eagleman 70.3.

Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Windsor, California
July 14, 2013
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.

Top Men

1. Bevan Docherty (NZL) 3:45:10
2. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:47:14
3. Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3:47:21
4. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:47:59
5. Tim Don (GBR) 3:48:49

Top Women

1. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:13:18
2. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:15:09
3. Amy Marsh (USA) 4:19:45
4. Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:20:20
5. Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:24:41

Conrad Stoltz, Helena Erbenova win ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds

Conrad Stoltz of South Africa won his 3rd-straight ITU Cross Triathlon Men’s World Championship, holding off the comeback charge of Spain’s Ruben Ruzafa by 14 seconds in the Hague-Kijkduin, Netherlands. Helena Erbenova of the Czech Republic, coming off a victory at the 2012 European Cross Triathlon victory on this same course, defeated two-time defending XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson of Great Britain by 5 minutes 14 seconds to win the 2013 ITU Cross Triathlon World title. Erbenova also won the 2013 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship in Cogne, Italy.

Kijkduin ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship
The Hague, Netherlands
July 13, 2013
S 1k / B 26k / R 9k

Elite Men

1. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:01:38
2. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:01:52
3. Brice Dabourd (FRA) 2:02:37
4. Kris Coddens (BEL) 2:03:04
5. Raul Gonzalo Tellechea (ARG) 2:03:15

Elite Women

1. Helena Erbenova (CZE) 2:22:11
2. Lesley Paterson (GBR) 2:27:25
3. Chantell Widney (CAN) 2:30:43
4. Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:34:16
5. Jacqueline Slack (GBR) 2:36:44

Starykowicz, Tisseyre master Ironman 70.3 Muncie

Andrew Starykowicz, the man who set the Ironman bike split record of 4:04 while winning Ironman Florida in November, broke open Ironman 70.3 Muncie with a race-best 2:00:55 bike split that gave him a 6-minute lead at T2. After a 4th-fastest 1:17:46 half marathon, Starykowicz held off runner-up Tyler Butterfield by 2:57 for the men’s win. In the women’s race, Canadian Magali Tisseyre unleashed a 2nd-fastest 1:25:42 run which brought her to the finish in 4:12:59 with a 9 minutes, 53 seconds margin of victory over runner-up Kate Bevilaqua of Australia.

Ironman 70.3 Muncie
Muncie, Indiana
July 13, 2013
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.

Top Men

1. Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:46:25
2. Tyler Butterfield (BER) 3:49:22
3. Callum Millward (NZL) 3:50:07
4. Daniel Bretscher (USA) 3:54:01
5. Mike Caiazzo (USA) 4:01:34

Top Women

1. Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:12:59
2. Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 4:22:52
3. Nina Kraft (USA) 4:25:44
4. Ashley Clifford (USA) 4:26:25
5. Beth Shutt (USA) 4:28:08

Dye, Kaye prevail at Minneapolis Life Time Fitness

In a race delayed and shortened to a sprint distance by heavy rain, Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye won the 2013 Minneapolis Life Time Fitness Triathlon elite men’s and women’s titles and the $8,000 top prizes. Dye finished in 1:03:12 with a 19 seconds margin of victory over runner-up and defending champion Hunter Kemper. Kaye finished in 1:10:14 with a 2:42 margin of victory over runner-up Lauren Goss.

Minneapolis Life Time Fitness
Minneapolis, Minnesota
July 13, 2013
S .75k / B 20k / R 5k

Top Men

1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:03:12
2. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:03:31
3. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:03:48
4. Ben Collins (USA) 1:04:07
5. Chris Foster (USA) 1:04:26

Top Women

1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:10:14
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 1:12:56
3. Daniela Ryf (GER) 1:13:25
4. Sara McLarty (USA) 1:14:21
5. Abby Geurink (USA) 1:14:51

USA’s Katie Hursey in breakthrough win at Palamos World Cup

In her first year as an elite ITU triathlete, Katie Hursey of the United States scored a surprise victory over a veteran field at the ITU World Cup in Palamos, Spain. Hursey, whose highlights this year include 7th place finishes at the Clermont and Sarasota ITU Triathlon Pan American Cups, an 11th at the World Cup in Edmonton and a 30th place at the San Diego round of the World Triathlon Series, finished in 2:01:19 with a 47-seconds margin of victory over runner-up Annamaria Mazzetti of Italy and 49 seconds over 3rd-place finisher Tamsyn Moana-Veale of Australia.

Mark Buckingham of Great Britain won the men’s race in 1:48:50, topping runner-up Dmitry Polyanskiy of Russia by 2 seconds and 3rd-place finisher Yegor Martynenko of the Ukraine by 3 seconds.

Palamos ITU Triathlon World Cup
Palamos, Spain
July 14, 2013
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k

Top Men

1. Mark Buckingham (GBR) 1:48:50
2. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) 1:48:52
3. Yegor Martynenko (UKR) 1:48:53
4. Sebastian Rank (GER) 1:48:58
5. Kyle Jones (CAN) 1:49:03
15. Gregory Billington (USA) 1:50:26

Top Women

1. Katie Hursey (USA) 2:01:19
2. Annamaria Mazzetti (ITA) 2:02:06
3. Tamsyn Moana-Veale (AUS) 2:02:08
4. Vendula Frintova (CZE) 2:02:41
5. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 2:02:52
6. Erin Jones (USA) 2:02:56

Peter Henning will be 20th inductee into Ironman Hall of Fame

Ironman announced this week that Peter Henning, cameraman, director and producer of the Ironman World Championship broadcasts, will be inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame during the 2013 Ironman Championship race week in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii this October.

“I am deeply honored to be included amongst some of the sports’ greatest names as part of the IRONMAN Hall of Fame,” Henning said in an Ironman media release.

“Millions of people were introduced to IRONMAN by Peter’s extraordinary broadcasts – there is no one who has better represented the IRONMAN ethos than Peter,” said Ironman CEO Andrew Messick.

In 1992 Henning covered his first IRONMAN triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i as a cameraman and in 2000 joined the World Triathlon Corporation as Senior Vice President of Television, supervising the production of all IRONMAN television broadcasts until October of 2012. During his 11 years, Henning led the broadcast to 17 Emmy Award nominations with seven wins.

Prior to his time with IRONMAN, Henning worked as a freelance cameraman, director and producer on ABC’s Wide World of Sports and numerous sport specials for major television networks. Henning has covered expeditions across Antarctica, The Raid Gaulloise, Eco-Challenge, Tour de France, and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Henning is the third media figure to join the Ironman Hall of fame, following nominations of Bob Babbitt in 2002 and Mike Reilly in 2011.

Challenge Family adds half distance Paguera race in Mallorca

The inaugural Challenge Paguera will take place on 11 October 2014 over the half distance providing a beautiful end-of-season race for European athletes in the renowned resort island of Mallorca.

Challenge Paguera will consist of a 1.9km swim from the cove at Playa Toraj and finishes at Playa de la Romana. The bike course will be fast, facing a moderate climb of 151 meters and passing some of Mallorca’s most popular beaches before heading inland into the natural scenery of the famed Serra de la Tramuntanam, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The run course is also fast, including four flat laps along the beaches and tourist highlights of Paguera.

Challenge Paguera raises the number of Challenge Family races to 21, consolidating its events as one of the most renowned long distance triathlon series in the world.

Registration for Challenge Paguera will open on 12 August at 9.00am at