The Weekend Box Jul 19 2015

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Canadians Lionel Sanders and Heather Wurtele win Racine 70.3

Canadians Lionel Sanders and Heather Wurtele won the elite titles at Ironman 70.3 Racine.

Sanders overcame a 6:51 deficit to Andrew Starykowicz after the bike leg with a 2nd-best run, to finish in 3:49:41 with a 2:16 margin on runner-up Matt Chrabot and 2:32 on 3rd-place finisher Starykowicz.

Wurtele combined a 5th-best swim, women’s-best bike split and 3rd-fastest run to finish in 4:12:18 with a 4:38 margin on fellow Canadian Angela Naeth and 5:21 on 3rd-place finisher Jackie Hering of the U.S.
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Ironman 70.3 Racine
Racine, Wisconsin
July 19, 2015
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.



1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:49:41
2. Matt Chrabot (USA) 3:51:57
3. Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 3:52:13
4. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:54:20
5. Leon Griffin (AUS) 3:55:01
6. Drew Scott (USA) 3:58:35
7. Matt Hanson (USA) 4:00:00
8. Thomas Gerlach (USA) 4:00:41
9. Davide Giardini (ITA) 4:01:52
10. Daniel Stubelski (USA) 4:04:21 * M 35-39


1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:12:18
2. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:16:48
3. Jackie Hering (USA) 4:17:39
4. Kelly Williamson (USA) 4:26:05
5. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 4:27:56
6. Jeanni Seymour (RSA) 4:30:21
7. Dani Fischer (USA) 4:32:08
8. Nikki Butterfield (AUS) 4:34:24
9. Sue Huse (CAN) 4:34:29
10. Heather Leiggi (USA) 4:35:31

Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy rule XTERRA Beaver Creek

Josiah Middaugh and Flora Duffy won the 7th annual XTERRA Mountain Championship pro titles on a beautiful day at the Beaver Creek Resort in Avon, Colorado.

Middaugh came back from a 2:30 deficit after the swim to take a 40-seconds lead after the mountain bike leg, then closed the deal with a race-best trail run to finish in 2:07:26. This gave him a 1:44 margin over second place Ben Hoffman, the 2014 Ironman World Championship runner-up, and 3:24 over 3rd-place finisher Braden Currie of New Zealand.

The victory was Middaugh’s third straight on his home course and his fourth in five years. It is also his second win in the 2015 XTERRA U.S. Pro Series and puts him in the lead for the series title coming into the XTERRA U.S. Pro Nationals next month in Ogden, Utah.
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Middaugh, a 36-year-old from Eagle-Vail, Colorado, emerged from the swim in Nottingham Lake 2:40 behind swim leader Eli Hemming and about 2:30 behind Branden Rakita, Brad Zoller, Braden Currie, and Ben Hoffman.

Middaugh took control on the hilly bike leg, passing everyone with a race-fastest 1:07:17 split that was 3 minutes faster than his closest competitors and gave him a 40 seconds lead starting the run.

Middaugh polished off his rivals with a 2nd-best 37:25 run that brought him to the finish with a comfortable lead on Hoffman, who closed with a 3rd-best 37:40 run. Chris Legh made up ground after a sub-par 1:19:14 bike split with a race-best 37:24 trail run to finish 7th.

Duffy, the reigning XTERRA World Champion and winner of 11 XTERRA championship events in her last 12 tries, posted the fastest women’s swim, bike and run splits to hit the tape in 2:22:41 with a 6:02 margin on runner-up Emma Garrard of Park City, Utah and 11:55 on 3rd-place finisher Sara Schuler of Boulder, Colorado.
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Ironman UK
Bolton, England
July 19, 2015
S 2.4 mi. / B 112 mi. / R 26.2 mi.



1. Lucy Gossage (GBR) 9:31:58
2. Caroline Livesey (GBR) 10:05:21
3. Kate Comber (GBR) 10:15:32 * F25-29
4. Alice Hector (GBR) 10:18:46
5. Eleanor Haresign (GBR) 10:19:48


1. David McNamee (GBR) 8:46:37
2. Fraser Cartmell (GBR) 8:51:06
3. Joe Skipper (GBR) 8:55:38
4. Victor Del Corral (ESP) 8:58:45
5. Denis Chevrot (FRA) 9:09:09

Ben Collins and Alicia Kaye triumph at New York City Triathlon

Ben Collins and Alicia Kaye won the elite titles at the New York City Triathlon.

Collins combined a current-aided, 2nd fastest 12:01 swim split in the Hudson River, a race-best 56:12 bike split and a 4th-fastest 33:07 run through Central Park to finish in 1:44:59 with a 31 seconds margin of victory over Cameron Dye and 2:35 over 3rd-place finisher, 4-time Wildflower long course champion Jesse Thomas.
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Kaye posted a women's best 13:44 swim, a women's-fastest 1:03:34 bike split and a women’s 2nd-quickest 36:53 run to finish in 1:58:25 with a 2:44 margin of victory over runner-up Lauren Goss and 5:54 over 3rd-place finisher Felicity Sheedy-Ryan of Australia.
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New York City Triathlon
New York, New York
July 19, 2015
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k



1. Ben Collins (USA) 1:44:59
2. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:45:30
3. Jesse Thomas (USA) 1:47:34
4. Jason Pedersen (USA) 1:47:55
5. Rodolphe Von Berg (ITA) 1:49:15


1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:25
2. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:01:09
3. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 2:04:19
4. Laurel Wassner (USA) 2:06:08
5. Heather Lendway (USA) 2:06:28
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France wins first ITU Mixed Relay World Championship

Great Britain, Germany, and Australia led the first leg of the woman-man-woman-man format in which each team member completes a 300 meter swim, 6.6 kilometer bike leg and a 1.6 kilometer run to the finish. But none of them were strong enough to hold off the fast French team.

Despite a 17-seconds deficit after the first leg, during France’s second leg Dorian Coninx made a key surge to get the French back to the front. On the next leg, Great Britain’s Non Stanford’s strong swim brought the UK back into contention and her monster run gave Britain’s final leg teammate Mark Buckingham a shot at a gap that might hold off France’s anchor Vincent Luis.

But Buckingham lost the advantage in the water and was overtaken by WTS Hamburg men’s gold medalist Luis as well as Australia’s Ryan Bailie. Having lost momentum, Britain, Australia, France and Germany settled into an energy saving formation and arrived at the final transition together.

On the final run leg, Bailie and Luis bolted out front of Germany’s Gregor Bucholz and Great Britain’s Mark Buckingham. Much like the Men’s WTS final on Saturday, Luis found himself in a sprint to the finish. Just as he pulled away from Javier Gomez on Saturday, Luis pulled away from Bailie to secure the gold.

In a battle for the bronze, Bucholz tore off in front of Buckingham. But crippled by a 10-second penalty caused by a mistake in Germany’s third leg transition by Rebecca Robisch, Great Britain took the bronze while Germany settled for 4th.

The U.S. Team 1 finished 7th, 1:42 off the winning pace.
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