Chris McCormack and Samantha McGlone returned to the island of Hawaii for the 5th running of the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii race and successfully defended their titles.
McCormack was the pre-race favorite and you can see why as this was his 3rd consecutive title at the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii triathlon. Last year he set the course record with a blazing time of 3:57:18.
McGlone managed to stay ahead of Tyler Stewart and Kate Bevilaqua to take her 2nd consecutive title at this triathlon. Local native Bree Wee who finished 3rd last year as an age grouper and has since turned pro did not start today. She is recovering from a recent illness.
2008 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii Results:
|1 - Chris McCormack||4:04:22||1 - Samantha McGlone||4:30:38|
|2 - Luke McKenzie||4:12:05||2 - Tyler Stewart||4:34:21|
|3 - Timothy Marr||4:15:17||3 - Kate Bevilaqua||4:35:03|
|4 - Andrew Mackay||4:22:13||4 - Alison Fitch||4:36:16|
|5 - Daiki Masuda||4:22:55||5 - Gina Kehr||4:57:46|
On the age-group side, Ricky James participated in his first Ironman 70.3 triathlon today, probably like many others today but the difference is James is paralyzed from the chest down. The 19 year old hand-cyclist hasn't let that stop him from living an active life like he once had as motocross racer and aspiring NASCAR driver. James needed a new goal and decided to set his sights on Ironman racing. He's in good company with David Bailey his mentor and trainer. Bailey is the 2000 Ironman World Champion in hand cycling. The good news is today Ricky James conquered his disability and successfully completed and completed his first Ironman 70.3 race. Read more about Ricky's story here: Perseverance Personified – Hand Cyclist Ricky James to Compete in Hawaii
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