The 20th running of the St. Croix triathlon which has consisted of various distances over the years and became part of the Ironman 70.3 series in 2006 was run today on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Today on the island Craig Alexander wins his third consecutive St. Croix Ironman 70.3 title and his fourth victory overall at this race. He'll share part of the $50,000 purse with Mirinda Carfrae who won the women's title today.
Alexander's 1:15:58 run helped him over the field today on the run course and take the victory. Marino Vanhoenacker sets a new bike course record with a time of 2:19; Paul Ambrose also beat the previous course record today. Richie Cunningham held on to finish in third just 13 seconds ahead of Faris Al-Sultan who took fourth. Frederik Van Lierde was in the running but crashed with 5 mile to go on the bike, he didn't start the run and DNF'd.
On the women's side 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae wins her second title in St. Croix, she won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 series race back in 2006. Carfrae used her strong run to pull ahead of the women’s field for the victory today. Nina Kraft also used her strong run to pull her into second place today. Bree Wee who made her pro debut today placed third. Julie Dibens had a flat out on the bike and also DNF'd today.
2008 St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Results:
|1 - Craig Alexander||4:05:34||1 - Mirinda Carfrae||4:26:56|
|2 - Marino Vanhoenacker||4:08:41||2 - Nina Kraft||4:36:33|
|3 - Richie Cunningham||4:10:02||3 - Bree Wee||4:36:45|
|4 - Faris Al-Sultan||4:10:15||4 - Tyler Stewart||4:46:31|
|5 - Paul Ambrose||4:12:02||5 - Felicity Hart||4:47:13|
Again live race coverage of today's St. Croix Ironman 70.3 was via a streaming audio feed from the Isle 95 (WJKC 95.1 FM) radio station. It was very good, unique and interesting.
The St. Croix Ironman 70.3 race was filmed and will appear on the Versus cable sports channel in the near future, check the listings for a broadcast date.
Mike Pigg returned to the island of St. Croix 20 years after he won the inaugural race in 1988 which consisted of a 3km Swim / 95km Bike / 20km Run. He competed in the sprint race today and finished first in a time of 1:08.
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