Matt Reed and Sarah Haskins win the 2009 Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis. The triathlon is the initial race in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series.
On the men’s side it was a duel to the finish after several lead changes along the race course. Coming down the final stretch it was Matt Reed, Andy Potts and Greg Bennett. Reed and Potts then turned it up a notch just before the finish leaving Bennett behind. Reed and Potts were then in-synch sprinting to the line but Reed's longer legs helped him cross the finish line just barely ahead of Potts by only hundredths of a second. Bennett finished in 3rd place only 4 seconds behind.
On the women’s side, Sarah Groff was slightly ahead of Sarah Haskins coming out of the swim but Haskins took the lead heading out of T1 with her fast transition and pretty much never looked back. Haskins arrived at T2 in first even thought Julie Dibens had the fastest bike split of the day; she had enough of a lead from the swim and transition to stay ahead. Last year's 2nd place finisher used a solid run to stay ahead of Diben's and win her first Life Time Fitness Triathlon. Home time favorite Becky Lavelle was close to Haskins on the swim and bike but lost ground to her on the run and rounded the top three women's with a 3rd place finish.
2009 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Results:
|1 - Matt Reed||1:49:15||1 - Sarah Haskins||2:00:51|
|2 - Andy Potts||1:49:15||2 - Julie Dibens||2:02:14|
|3 - Greg Bennett||1:49:19||3 - Becky Lavelle||2:02:39|
|4 - Paul Matthews||1:51:52||4 - Rebeccah Wassner||2:03:03|
|5 - Criag Alexander||1:51:56||5 - Sarah Groff||2:06:56|
One of the main attractions of this popular urban triathlon race back a few years ago was the "Battle of the Sexes" component they had in place to determine the overall winner. When the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series was formed, organizes dropped the concept and focused on a bigger prize purse for the overall series winner. Well now as part of the Edge sponsorship of the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series comes the "Battle of the Sexes" component again. Not as grand as is use to be but it give the professionals an extra opportunity to win a bonus check at the end. It works like this, by calculating the average difference between male and female triathlete finish times, that's the Equalizer. Applying that Equalizer to the finish times of the top athletes in each of the three competition divisions determines which gender reigns supreme in the Battle of the Sexes. Matt Reed one today's Battle of the Sexes in Minneapolis.