American Ryan Bolton, who made his Ironman debut in Lake Placid last year with a finish behind fellow Iron-rookie Steve Larsen of the U.S., scored his first Ironman win in only his third try. Bolton also broke his own run course record from last year, posting a 2:49:14 marathon on the way to his win.
Fuhr overtook strong age-group competitor Jackie Hatherly, a fellow Canadian, on the run to secure her win. Hatherly had taken the lead on the swim and held it through the testing, two-loop bike course through the Adirondacks.
Bolton was seventh out of the swim but caught the leaders on the bike and added to his lead on the run. He posted not only the day's fastest run, but also the day's fastest bike ride.
DNFs included Jamie Cleveland of Canada due to reported stomach troubles on the run, American Ken Glah, the victim of a bike crash, and American James Bonney.
The day's weather went from sunshine to rain on the bike and back to sunshine and hot, humid weather, then back to thunderstorms for the last finishers in the evening.
Competitors were vying for 100 Kona slots and a $50,000 prize purse for pros. The total field was some 1,800 athletes strong.
Results, Ironman USA Lake Placid
(2.4 miles/112 miles/26.2 miles)
1) Ryan Bolton (USA) 8:39:19
2) Kirill Litovtsenko (EST) 8:53:50
3) Shingo Tani (JPN) 9:01:46
4) Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 9:11:30
5) Jamey Yon (USA) 9:14:42
6) Dave Harju (CAN) 9:16:56
7) Juergen Hauber (GER) 9:18:15
8) Peter Kotland (USA) 9:27:25
9) Brian Scott (USA) 9:31:39
10) Peter Traylor (USA) 9:33:01
1) Heather Fuhr (CAN) 9:43:12
2) Joanna Lawn (NZL) 9:57:35
3) Jackie Hatherly (CAN) 10:11:37
4) Karen Holloway (USA) 10:12:35
5) Amy Farrell (USA) 10:13:29
6) Diana Hassel (USA) 10:24:11
7) Amy Caldwell (USA) 10:28:21
8) Catherine Phillips (USA) 10:34:23
9) Robin Oswald (USA) 10:36:13
10) Tracy Hall (CAN) 10:37:33
This report originally appeared in the Tri Biz Reader newsletter, which is published daily by Slowtwitch.com.
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