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Alexander & Zeiger Win Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Race

Craig Alexander and Joanna Zeiger won the sold out inaugural Ironman 70.3 Muskoka triathlon in Huntsville, Ontario today. For both of them it was their third Ironman 70.3 victory of 2008. Zeiger was victorious at the Eagleman Ironman 70.3 and Vineman 70.3 races this year while Alexander won the now canceled Ironman 70.3 Newfoundland race and the St Croix Ironman 70.3 race.

No live coverage of the race took place today, so details are sparse. It appears that Alexander took control of the race at the start of the run. His blazing 1:13:48 split on the half marathon secured the win. His split was almost five minutes faster than second place finisher Richie Cunningham. The victory and race was Alexander's last before he gets ready to head to Kona for the Ironman World Championship race. According to his schedule, he will also head to Clearwater in November for the Ironman World Championship 70.3 triathlon.

It appears that Zeiger pretty much lead from start to finish even though Angela Naeth had the fastest bike split of the day on the women's side. Her time was three minutes faster than Zeiger's but Naeth was already down by almost six minutes after the swim leg. Rebeccah Wassner had a faster run and took second place while Naeth held on for third. Pre-race favorite Lisa Bentley held on for fifth place.

2008 Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Results:

     Men          Women  
1 - Craig Alexander 4:10:31    1 - Joanna Zeiger 4:37:04
2 - Richie Cunningham 4:14:58    2 - Rebeccah Wassner 4:42:49
3 - Daniel Bretscher 4:16:43    3 - Angela Naeth 4:43:27
4 - Simon Lessing 4:19:17    4 - Charlotte Paul 4:49:45
5 - Janda Ricci-Munn 4:20:50    5 - Lisa Bentley 4:52:21

Zeiger's focus recently changed, she decided to bypass trying to qualifying for Kona and focus on the 70.3 distance with an eye on the Ironman World Championship 70.3 race in Clearwater, FL. Her change in focus has paid off as she wins her third Ironman 70.3 title in the series. She will have to be one of the pre-race favorites this year along with Terrenzo Bozzone who has stormed the Ironman 70.3 series circuit this year with three victories as well.

Also today Oscar Galindez of Argentina won his second Ironman 70.3 title of 2008 with a victory at the Ironman 70.3 Brazil race in Penha, Brazil.
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