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Nautica New York City Triathlon
Defending Champions Bennett and Snowsill Repeat as Champions

Just a week ago, Greg Bennett, Hunter Kemper, Craig Walton, Julie Dibens and Emma Snowsill raced in Minneapolis at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon. Bennett won the men's title and the Snowsill finished in second. Last year this pair won the Olympic distance Nautica New York City Triathlon and today against another quality field of professionals they won again. Hunter who finished fourth and Walton who DNF'd because of a cracked bike frame in Minneapolis are looking strong on their comeback trail. Dibens who had the fastest bike split in Minneapolis was again ahead on the bike in New York, coming in almost 2 minutes ahead of Snowsill. For their win Bennett and Snowsill each take home a check for $8,000. This is the second race in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series. Bennett who was the point’s leader after his win in Minneapolis extends his lead while Snowsill who was in second place in the point standings take over first place.

2007 Nautica New York City Triathlon Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Greg Bennett (AUS) 1:47:38    1 - Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:57:23
2 - Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:48:42    2 - Julie Dibens (GBR) 1:59:15
3 - Craig Walton (AUS) 1:49:06    3 - Rebeccah Wassner (USA) 2:01:22

- For more results and coverage of the race in New York check the Nautica New York City Triathlon website (link).

Ironman USA Lake Placid
Pre-Race Favorite Belinda Granger Wins

Today's other race in New York was the ninth running of the sold-out Ironman USA Lake Placid triathlon which featured 2,000 athletes from around the world. This year’s race was a women’s only professional race, meaning no professional men raced because the $50,000 prize purse was only for the women. It's assumed that the 2008 race will alternate back to a professional men's only prize purse since it was that kind of race in 2006. Today's pre-race favorite was four-time Ironman Champion Belinda Granger against a decent field of other Ironman race champions; Karen Holloway (Ironman Canada in 2005) and Tereza Macel (Ironman Korea in 2006) and others. Karen Smyers was scheduled to race but did not. After the swim Granger hammered on the hills and took a controlling lead with her 5:14:48 bike split. She entered T2 with almost a sixteen minute lead over Tyler Stewart. Granger's was strong on the run but struggled in the last half as Stewart was cutting down the deficit. Stewart was eight minutes faster than Granger on the run but Granger's lead was too much, Stewart ended up finishing in second place six minutes in front to Erika Csomor. Just a week ago Csomor finished in second place at the Lorient ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in Europe. For her win, Granger takes home a check for $14,000. On the men’s side, 26-year-old and fourth year medical student Alex Mroszczyk-McDoanld surged during the last half of the run to win the men’s title.

2007 Ironman USA Lake Placid Results:

     Women          Men  
1 - Belinda Granger (AUS) 9:40:20    1 - Alex Mroszczyk-McDoanld (USA) 9:16:02
2 - Tyler Stewart (USA) 9:47:38    2 - Pierre Lavoie (CAN) 9:21:43
3 - Erika Csomor (HUN) 9:53:44    3 - Craig Howie (USA) 9:25:25

- For more results and coverage of the race in Lake Placid check the Ironman USA Lake Placid website (link).

Boulder Peak Triathlon
Joanna Zeiger Wins the Equalizer in Boulder

Today's sold-out Olympic distance triathlon in Boulder, Colorado featured a field 2,100 amateur’s, a field of 45 stellar triathlon professionals and an equalizer format for the pros with a prize purse of $30,000. The Boulder Peak Triathlon attracted the likes of Joanna Zeiger (2004 Olympic Bronze medalist), Sarah Haskins (2nd place at 2007 Pan American Games last weekend), Tim Deboom (2x Ironman Hawaii Champion) and Matt Reed (1st place 2007 St. Anthony's Triathlon). The race today even attracted live coverage from Inside Triathlon (link). Unlike this year’s Life Time Fitness Triathlon which did not feature a "Battle of the Sexes" race (link); this race did with an equalizer time for the pro women of 14 minutes and 20 seconds, a bit much possibly. Stephen Hackett and Reed who looked flat last weekend in Minneapolis trimmed the lead on race leaders Zeiger and Haskins on the bike. Zeiger's strong run kept her in front of Haskins and in front of the ensuing men. For the double win (1st place Women and the Equalizer Win) Zeiger picks up a check for $6,000.

2007 Boulder Peak Triathlon Results:

     Women          Men  
1 - Joanna Zeiger (USA) 2:08:27    1 - Matt Reed (USA) 1:55:39
2 - Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:09:46    2 - Stephen Hackett (AUS) 1:56:02
3 - Jasmine Oeinck (USA) 2:16:22    3 - Paul Matthews (AUS) 1:57:01

- For more results and coverage of the race in Boulder check the Boulder Peak Triathlon website (link).

Vineman Ironman 70.3
Defending World Ironman 70.3 Champions Win

Today's other race of the day was the Vineman Ironman 70.3 race in California. Defending 2006 World Ironman 70.3 Champions Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone win. Like a lot of the other pro that raced today, these two and TJ Tollakson also race last weekend in Minneapolis. Alexander didn't hold anything back and looked very strong in Minneapolis but came up short finishing in third place, 25 seconds after Greg Bennett. Today he and Luke Bell played catch up with Chris Lieto on the run and Alexander won the battle by 10 seconds over Bell.

2007 Vineman Ironman 70.3 Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Craig Alexander (AUS) 3:50:49    1 - Samantha McGlone (CAN) 4:16:36
2 - Luke Bell (AUS) 3:51:01    2 - Michellie Jones (AUS) 4:21:30
3 - TJ Tollakson (USA) 3:53:02    3 - Melissa Ashton (AUS) 4:24:12

- For more results and coverage of the Vineman Ironman 70.3 race check the race's website (link).