Raleigh 70.3 Ironman results 2013

There is always something very special about an inaugural Ironman event whether it is a 70.3 or full-distance Ironman. It was no different on Sunday June 2, 2013 in Raleigh where a sold-out field of over 2,300 raced to be part of the inaugural Raleigh 70.3 Ironman results 2013.

The North Carolina based race featured a 1.2-mile swim in Jordan Lake that is part of Catham County. It was followed by a transition onto the bike and a 56-mile ride through surrounding rural areas that would eventually lead cyclists back to town and the start of the 13.1-mile run.

The final leg was the run course that wound it’s way though Raleigh and many points of interest along the way including the NC State Campus, Capital Building, and Meredith College.

Going into the race it looked like the favorites to lead the charge for the pro men were TJ Tollakson and Greg Bennett and they did not disappoint and were virtually side-by-side exiting the water with the nearest competitor over two minutes back.

TOP TEN PRO MEN IN THE SWIM

00:25:04...................Tollakson, Tj
00:25:06  .................Bennett, Greg
00:27:13  .................Hagenbuch, Henry
00:28:06 ..................Bates, Ryan
00:28:19 ..................Rau, Ryan
00:28:21...................Holderbaum, Chad
00:28:2....................Wood, Tom
00:28:24 ..................Eicher, Paul
00:28:26...................Hermanson, Mike
00:28:50 ..................Pawlaczyk, Kyle

It was a bit of a different story for the pro women with at least five of the women entered in the race had a legitimate chance to win and it was basically up for grabs.

It was Laura Bennett who broke out on front with her swim time of 00:24:41 that gave her a cushion over Anna Cleaver who finished the swim in 00:26:14.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN IN THE SWIM

00:24:41...................Bennett, Laura
00:26:14...................Cleaver, Anna
00:26:30...................Lidbury, Emma-Kate
00:28:24...................McQuaid, Melanie
00:30:57...................Shutt, Beth
00:31:00...................Zelazo, Suzanne
00:32:12...................McAmmond, Jordan
00:32:16...................Mighdoll, Michelle
00:32:22...................Jacobs, Jessica
00:33:37...................Roohi, Molly

It was Greg Bennett who posted the top bike time of 02:06:36 and a healthy lead of 04:02 minutes leaving transition two over TJ Tollaksen who was still holding down second and Paul Eicher who was several minutes back in third place.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN IN THE BIKE

BENNETT, Greg.............02:06:35
TOLLAKSON, Tj.............02:10:20
EICHER, Paul..............02:11:37
PAWLACZYK, Kyle...........02:12:44
RAU, Ryan.................02:12:55

In the women’s race it was Emma-Kate Lidbury who forged into the lead with the days best bike time for the pro women of 02:24:15. Laura Bennett and Melanie McQuaid took up the chase on the run course.

The run course told the story as Greg Bennett showed his running superiority and pulled away to win the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Raleigh 2013 by a large margin in a time of 3:51:24.

TOP TEN PRO MEN AT THE FINISH

BENNETT, Greg.............03:51:24
EICHER, Paul..............04:04:41
PAWLACZYK, Kyle...........04:05:41
RAU, Ryan.................04:06:55
HERMANSON, Mike...........04:07:53
HAGENBUCH, Henry..........04:09:00
BATES, Ryan...............04:11:18
TOLLAKSON, Tj.............04:14:01
WOOD, Tom.................04:14:09
HEILIG, Andrej............04:18:47

In the race for the win for the pro women it is Laura Bennett holding a solid advantage of just over two minutes over Emma-Kate Lidbury. Melanie McQuaid of Canada is currently in third but is over seven minutes back of the leader.

Laura Bennett was not to be denied and won the race with a time of 04:17:18.

Emma-Kate Lidbury was unable to match strides in the run and finished second in 04:21:14. Melanie McQuaid was a solid third place with a clocking of 04:26:56.

So it will go down as Bennett and Bennett as the inaugural winners of Ironman 70.3 Raleigh 2013.

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN AT THE FINISH

BENNETT, Laura.............04:17:18
LIDBURY, Emma-Kate.........04:21:14
MCQUAID, Melanie...........04:26:56
JACOBS, Jessica............04:28:19
SHUTT, Beth................04:32:31

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