Results, Results, and more Results
There are so many team results this weekend! From a first timer to World Championship qualifiers, this week had it all.
First up, Kelly Young completed her first 100 mile race, the 20th annual San Diego 100! Kelly wasn’t the only Suunto athlete out there, she finished the 100 mile trail race with a little crewing and pacing help from teammate Sawna Guadarrama.
Denise Sauriol, fresh off her epic Everest Marathon trip, competed in this weekends Comrades Ultramarathon. Comrades is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon with a race distance of approximately 89K (55 miles) between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The race flip flops directions each year and Denise is now one of the few that have completed the course back-to-back years, completing Comrades in both directions!
On to some triathlon races.
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman - Even with a canceled swim due to unsafe rough water, Suunto athletes shined out in Cambridge, MD.
Samantha Snukis had a stellar race, finishing 1st overall amateur (1st F30-34) and her time of 3:49:30 was good enough for 2nd overall with the pros!
Katie Morales finished 4th Pro overall
Katie Schick stood atop the podium, 1st in the F18-24 category
Eliot Scymaski also grabbed 1st in his age group, despite suffering a crash on the bike.
Sam Long was trying to make it three for three after his recent back-to-back 70.3 victories. Sam came out swinging, as he does, but started to fade late in the bike leg and eventually had to dig incredibly deep just to finish. He still managed to hold onto a podium spot finishing 5th Pro.
Emily Rollins, of Tennessee (yeah, not from altitude) finished her Boulder Ironman 2nd in the F40-44 category. It was a tough decision but Emily decide not to accept the Kona World Champs invitation. She’ll go back to Kona another year.
After missing 70.3 Oceanside earlier this year, power couple, Jason and Cristin Tillinghast looked to start off their season with a strong Ironman performance. They both did just that, finishing the challenging Ironman in 13:29 and 14:16, respectively.
Ironman 70.3 Wisconsin
She’s back! After her finish at the Ironman World Champs last year, the world was unsure if Ellen Hart would ever race triathlon again. Injuries kept her from performing to her high standards in Kona and she knew there would have to be a lot of time away from running in order to recover properly. Well, she’s back. After several months off, Ellen raced the Ironman 70.3 in Madison and finished 1st in the F60-64 category, securing her spot to the 70.3 World Champs in France later this year.
Ironman Asia Pacific Championships - Cairns, Australia
Kelsey Withrow had a tough go out in Cairns. After getting sick in the swim and crashing on the bike leg, she found herself chasing early. It was a test of mental toughness for Kelsey and she eventually won her own battle, finishing 6th Pro. Kelsey will be back to fight it out again at the Ironman distance soon.
Challenge Herning - Denmark
On a cold, windy, and rainy day in Denmark, Pro triathlete, Lisa Roberts raced strong and finished 4th.
Grand Rapids Half and Olympic
Another Suunto power couple raced together this weekend. Ryan and Jacqui Giuliano raced the the Grand Rapids Tri and came away with 2nd overall at the half and 3rd overall at the Olympic, respectively.
Elkart Lake Tri
It’s warming up in Wisconsin and so is James Burke. 1st Amateur finisher at Elkhart Lake Tri and 2nd overall with the pros.
Ralph Nurse claimed 3rd place overall at the the Xterra Illinois Wilds race.