On Sunday April 6 a large and talented field of pro triathletes fought it out for top honors in the Ironman 70.3 Texas results 2014
The course featured a 1.2-mile saltwater swim that began at Moody Gardens and finished beside the Colonel Paddlewheel boat, an out-and-back 66-mile bike course along the Texas Gulf Coast, and a 13.1-mile run through Moody Gardens to the finish line beside the Discovery Pyramid.
The three main threats in the race for the pro males appeared to be Richie Cunningham, Chris McDonald, and Jozsef Major.
PRO MALE ENTRIES
Richie Cunningham Chris McDonald Brandon Marsh Jozsef Major Jeff Symonds Brent McMahon Kirill Kotsegarov Leon Griffin Callum Millward Chad Holderbaum Jeremy Howard Gregory Farrell Victor Debil-Caux Mikolaj Luft Todd Teren Jonathan Tryoen George Bjalkemo Matt Hanson Lionel Sanders Weslie Anderson Clay Emge Gudmund Snilstveit Steve Rosinski Edward Aviles Christian Nilsson Peter Kotland Hannes Cool Brent Poulsen Mark Saroni Cody Beals Joe Thorne James Seear
It was Brandon Marsh and Brent McMahon leading the way out of the water.An impressive swim time of 23:46 gave them a good lead to begin the bike leg.
TOP TEN PRO MEN SWIM TIMES
Brandon Marsh 00:23:46 Brent McMahon 00:23:46 Richie Cunningham 00:24:46 Leon Griffin 00:24:51 Jeff Symonds 00:24:52 Callum Millward 00:24:54 Chris McDonald 00:26:04 Kirill Kotsegarov 00:27:33 Chad Holderbaum 00:27:32 Jozsef Major 00:27:45
It was Brent McMahon who surged to the front and was in the lead by just about a minute by the end of the first bike split at 28 miles.
Brandon Marsh was in second place and Leon Griffin and Jeff Symonds were riding close together 90 seconds back of the leader.
It was Brandon Marsh hanging on to lead the pro men into transition two and at the two mile mark of the run he had a 90 second lead over Brandon Marsh.
Richie Cunningham, Leon Griffin, and Chris McDonald were running together in third, fourth and fifth place and they were almost three minutes behind the leader.
Richie Cunningham began to close on Marsh and at the seven mile mark was just twenty seconds back. Leon Griffin was a clear third less than a minute behind Marsh.
Marsh was hanging tough and was clinging to a six second lead as the final mile approached.
It was Richie Cunningham who had the most left and he is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Texas 2014.
TOP EIGHT PRO MEN AT THE FINISH
Richie Cunningham 00:24:46 02:07:52 01:12:37 03:46:11 Brandon Marsh 00:23:46 02:07:02 01:14:32 03:46:26 Leon Griffin 00:24:51 02:07:39 01:15:15 03:48:42 Chris McDonald 00:26:04 02:06:13 01:15:44 03:49:01 Cody Beals 00:27:35 02:06:23 01:15:44 03:50:41 Kirill Kotsegarov 00:27:33 02:06:27 01:15:47 03:50:53 Callum Millward 00:24:54 02:10:31 01:14:34 03:51:06 Matt Hanson 00:27:37 02:11:33 01:13:32 03:53:42
What a strong field for the pro women!
Emma Kate Lidbury, Kelly Williamson, and Amy Marsh and a few others all had a chance at topping the Ironman 70.3 Texas results 2014
PRO FEMALE ENTRIES
Emma Kate Lidbury Kelly Williamson Amy Marsh Rachel Joyce Sarah Piampiano Sofie Goos Jennifer Lentzke Corrie Kristick Leslie Lamacchia Kristyn Tobey Kaitlin Anelauskas Amanda Kourtz Kathy Rakel Natasha Van Der Merwe Olesya Prystayko Sierra Snyder Morgan Chaffin Jessica Meyers Ruth Brennan Morrey Ali Black
To nobody’s surprise it was Amy Marsh leading the way out of the water with a very fast swim time of 26:16.
There was a pretty good chase pack of five about a minute behind her.
TOP TWELVE PRO WOMEN SWIM TIMES
Amy Marsh 00:26:16 Emma Kate Lidbury 00:27:11 Rachel Joyce 00:27:15 Kaitlin Anelauskas 00:27:16 Sofie Goos 00:27:18 Sierra Snyder 00:27:43 Kelly Williamson 00:28:09 Corrie Kristick 00:29:43 Kathy Rakel 00:29:44 Sarah Piampiano 00:31:04 Jessica Meyers 00:31:06 Olesya Prystayko 00:31:09
As expected it was Amy Marsh and Emma Kate Lidbury fighting out for the lead as they reached the halfway point of the bike.
Sofie Goos was just under two minutes back in third.
It was Amy Marsh taking the lead into the final transition with a lead of over a minute on Emma Kate Lidbury.
Sara Piampiano had a great bike leg and made up a lot of ground and moved into third.
PRO WOMEN AFTER THE BIKE
2:41:15 Amy Marsh USA 2:42:57 Emma Kate Lidbury GBR 2:44:46 Sarah Piampiano USA 2:45:46 Sofie Goos BEL 2:53:15 Corrie Kristick USA 2:53:22 Jessica Meyers USA 2:54:08 Kathy Rakel USA 2:54:09 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA 2:54:16 Sierra Snyder USA 2:54:32 Olesya Prystayko UKR
Wow! A great charge by Sofie Goos of Belgium on the run course and at the 7.3 mile mark she holds a two minute lead over Emma Kate Lidbury who was running in second.
With a mile left to run Goos left the field behind and had a four minute lead. The imploding behind her and Ruth Brennan Morrey was running in second.
Sophie Goos of Belgium is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Texas 2014.
TOP PRO WOMEN AT THE FINISH
Sofie Goos 00:27:18 02:18:28 01:19:19 04:06:23 Emma Kate Lidbury 00:27:11 02:15:46 01:26:48 04:11:05 Sarah Piampiano 00:31:04 02:13:42 01:26:07 04:11:57 Jessica Meyers 00:31:06 02:22:16 01:24:24 04:18:54 Kaitlin Anelauskas00:27:16 02:25:44 01:24:29 04:21:25 Corrie Kristick 00:29:43 02:23:32 01:31:00 04:25:23 Olesya Prystayko 00:31:09 02:25:44 01:30:03 04:25:52 Sierra Snyder 00:27:43 02:24:43 01:32:25 04:27:52 NatashaVanDerMerwe00:31:46 02:21:16 01:32:52 04:28:58 Amanda Kourtz 00:37:49 02:21:58 01:27:11 04:31:09 Kathy Rakel 00:29:44 02:22:36 01:37:05 04:32:33 Leslie Lamacchia 00:35:29 02:26:41 01:29:20 04:34:29 Ali Black 00:34:51 02:22:36 01:35:02 04:35:58 Jennifer Lentzke 00:35:35 02:25:01 01:32:33 04:37:45 Kristyn Tobey 00:37:34 02:27:12 01:32:10 04:40:09 Morgan Chaffin 00:31:54 02:22:56 01:43:39 04:42:15 Kelly Williamson DNF Amy Marsh DNF Rachel Joyce DNF Ruth Brennan Morrey DQ
Here are the top finishers in each of the age-groups.
Valerie Snider 04:58:22 Lydia Collins 05:12:16 Macy Weber 05:22:57 Morgan Fox 05:29:51 Ali Hall 05:33:58
Sebastian Haynes 04:25:39 Blake Esch 04:46:15 Zach Smith 04:46:16 Juan Contreras 04:47:07 Luis Escalante 04:48:03
Diane Lee 04:36:32 Kimberly Shenk 04:37:04 Samantha Mazer 04:40:57 Caitlin Glenn 04:42:37 Kelly Hooper 04:46:07
Brad Williams 04:05:20 Johnathan Le Jeune 04:07:09 Ryan Snapp 04:16:17 Aaron Gray 04:18:14 Buddy Lightfoot 04:19:59
Meredith Gardner 04:34:39 April Hince 04:42:34 Claudia Smith 04:49:49 MirthaLuciaPalacios04:50:32 Heather Steinbuch 04:51:31
Reilly Smith 04:00:53 Botond Racz 04:03:21 Peter Shenk 04:06:18 Eric Hinman 04:08:06 Jeff Scarella 04:12:08
Carly Johnson 04:39:08 Sarah Bay 04:44:32 Amy Parent 04:48:23 Alison Miller 04:50:54 Michelle Golovine 04:57:19
AntonioFerreiraNeto04:02:48 Patrick Dougherty 04:08:48 Jesus Bronchalo 04:09:14 Jeff Fejfar 04:10:29 Michael Boehmer 04:11:49
Janine Willis 04:25:38 Amy McGrath 04:32:12 Nusha Pelicano 04:44:56 AlanaKennedy-Nasser04:47:30 Dawn English 04:54:53
Brian Miller 04:16:29 Cort Prois 04:17:57 Arthur Mathisen 04:19:02 Dave Mirra 04:23:57 Todd Burns 04:27:03
Karen Ponette 04:50:25 Mary Guertin 05:01:31 Sue Aquila 05:02:05 Angela Galindo 05:06:20 Jody Dushay 05:08:30
Rich Burke 04:06:18 Sean Lewis 04:13:04 Bently Harper 04:25:00 David Ciaverella 04:27:51 Eric Abecassis 04:30:34
Lauren Smith 04:45:03 Shelley Thomson 04:49:56 Traci Winterbottom 04:57:47 Jenny Lorenz 05:02:49 Nancy Dasso 05:04:08
Alex Begg 04:14:03 Paul Gompers 04:16:54 Dale Londos 04:26:28 Keith Hertel 04:28:53 Doug Guertin 04:33:22
Stephanie Bassin 05:15:16 Jitka Newald 05:48:07 Lisa Canedy 05:51:40 Barbara Tardiff 05:53:10 Maria Elena 06:04:39
Dana Lyons 04:34:46 Daniel Lang 04:57:50 Pedro Scordo 04:58:36 Danny Faulkner 05:00:31 Terry Gaunt 05:03:00
Nicole Lafleur 06:02:20 Linda Honneus 06:03:44 Teresa Woodhouse 06:30:56 Teresa Anderson 07:04:57 Ellen Chu 07:22:24 Cathy Beavers 07:24:26 Barbara Smith 07:40:12 Nancy Flynn 08:21:38 Marilyn Elias 08:27:05
R. Keith McCormick 04:54:02 Emil Raschle 04:59:40 Scott Boylan 05:10:19 David Park 05:14:30 Bill Horn 05:32:37
Gini Fellows 07:21:23 Diane Wagner 07:35:55
Thomas Waldrop 05:12:15 David Lowe 05:21:31 Graham Lloyd 05:44:02 Charlie Woodhouse 05:54:20 Ruben Solis 06:31:55
Chris Gause 07:40:04
Rodger Bivens 07:10:12 Leonard Kershaw 07:15:54
Hunter Temple 07:24:01
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