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Costa Rica Native Chacón Wins Inaugural Rev3 Triathlon

 Leonardo ChacónLocal Costa Rican favorite Leonardo Chacón claimed first place in the men's division and while American Kelly Williamson took first in the women's' field in the inaugural Revolution3 OlympicRev race held in Costa Rica. The promise of an early season test of fitness and the chance to visit the northwestern corner of this lush Central American paradise drew a strong field of competitors for this professional-only race. A hot, windy and humid day on a tough course gave early indications who to watch over the coming 2011 season.

In the men's race, USA's Brian Fleischmann was first out of the 76+ degree water on the two loop swim course, followed closely by Leonardo Chacón and Manny Huerta. Huerta's fast transition helped him exit T1 in first place followed by Chacón in a close second. Matt Reed exited with the lead pack, but quickly fell behind. The bike course featured some nice climbs in the first 4 kilometers of the bike before hitting the mostly flat and fast course outside of the resort.

Coming off the bike, Chacón started the run in first place ahead of Andrew Starykowicz and Fleischman. Somehow Huerta dropped to seventh place on the bike but quickly mounted an aggressive ground attack by foot. A very swift pace on the two-loop run course eventually moved him to second place. However, in the end, he was not able to overcome Chacón's lead. Fleischman finished the day in third place.

Newlywed Richie Cunningham who finished in fourth place stated "It was not bad, a lot of fun, a lot harder than I thought." He will take some time off to enjoy his Honeymoon and then return to the states to continue training for the upcoming season.

2011 Rev3 Costa Rica Results:

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Leonardo Chacón (CRC) 1:53:47
Kelly Williamson (USA) 2:10:56
Manny Huerta (USA) 1:56:57
Kate Major (USA) 2:13:02
Brian Fleischmann (USA) 1:57:03
Annie Warner (USA) 2:13:50
Richie Cunningham (USA) 1:57:51
Amanda Stevens (USA) 2:14:48
Andrew Starykowicz (USA) 1:58:14
Bree Wee (USA) 2:15:18

rev3cr_DSC1043.jpgThe women's swim leg started with some confusion. The entire pack miss sighted the first turn-around buoy, realized the mistake and changed course to turn back and go around it. Amanda Stevens was first out of the water, tailed by Kelly Williamson, Annie Warner and Hillary Biscay. Stevens remained in the lead exiting first out of T1 on her bike, followed closely by Williamson.

Austin, Texas native Williamson gained the lead early into the race and held a strong lead heading to T2, ahead of Annie Warner and Bree Wee. Her early season strength showed as she was able to extend her lead on the rugged two loop run course for the win. American Kate Major showed tremendous early season running strength by moving from fifth off the bike to finish in second place for the day. Annie Warner kicks off her 2011 season with a third place finish.

According to Ricardo Barrios, the Costa Rican head referee for the event, this is the first ever major professional triathlon event in the country.

rev3cr_DSC0496.jpgCosta Rica's future triathletes kicked-off the Revolution3 Costa Rica Triathlon festivities with the inaugural KidsRev triathlon race the Saturday morning. Other races on Saturday included the amateur Rev3 SprintRev and OlympicRev events in the sweltering heat. Sunday's schedule also included the premier Rev3 HallfRev triathlon event. Adam Zucco and Sally Meyerhoff, who both won the OlympicRev races on Saturday, also respectively won the HalfRev events on Sunday.

The Guanacaste province of Costa Rica is well known by tourists, adventure seekers and surfers. The area experiences very little rain and consistent heat from November through April. Tourists seek out this heat during the North American winters to enjoy the breathtaking beaches they have here.

The entire weekend including the Pro OlympicRev race consisting of a 1.5km Swim, 40km Bike and 10km Run was staged from Playa Conchal, within the Reserva Conchal property in Costa Rica. The overall prize purse for the Professional race was $30,000 USD.

Photo credit: Selena Avendaño - Lead Adventure Media

Check out the TRIJUICE 2011 Rev3 Costa Rica Triathlon Picture Gallery

Stay tuned to the TRIJUICE YouTube Video Channel for videos from the event, including an interview with Matt Reed. We also had a chance to talk to some of the locals to see what they had to say, including some Spanish interviews.