On Sunday, professional triathletes including some Olympic hopefuls, amateur triathletes, celebrities, corporate teams, and para-triathletes met on the sunny shores of South Beach for the 5th annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon. On a perfect day for racing Sarah Haskins repeats as the winner of the women's race while Javier Gomez wins the men's race.
Dustin McLarty and Javier Gomez emerged from the swim in front. Ben Collins and last year's winner Cameron Dye pushed the pace on the bike and hit T2 ahead of Gomez. The foot race was one after Collins emerged from T2 first. Gomez chased down Dye and passed him for second place and eventually caught up with Collins and passed him for the win. Bevan Docherty used his fast run to chase down Dye and pass him for the last podium spot.
Alicia Kaye had the fastest bike split of the day on the women's side, but it was Haskins who prevailed with her speed on the run to stay ahead of Kaye and Luxford for her back-to-back wins in Miami. Lauren Goss, who finished in 4th had the fastest run split of the day, 36:36 but had a 3 minute deficit to Haskins off the bike that she couldn't make up.
2012 Nautica South Beach Triathlon Results:
Miami, Florida - April 1, 2012
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Complete results for the 2012 Nautica South Beach Triathlon can be found here.
The Olympic Distance triathlon also served as the season opener for the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series - Race to the Toyota Cup. The highly acclaimed series made up of seven of the most prominent international-distance triathlon events in the United States. It also features a Classic Distance triathlon (1/2mi Swim, 19mi Bike, 4mi Run) to attract many other to participate. The Nautica South Beach Triathlon is one of the top athletic events of the year in South Florida and benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where a portion of the proceeds goes directly to pediatric cancer research.
The early season race attracted some 3,000 participants from around the world, representing at least 21 different countries, including celebrities that included: "The Today Show's" Natalie Morales, "Cougartown's" Josh Hopkins, "Pirates of the Caribbean's" Greg Ellis, "Traffic Light's" David Denman and "The Finder's" Geoff Stults and Mercedes Masohn, Josie Loren (Star of ABC Family's Make It or Break It) and Jake T. Austin (Star of the Emmy winning, "Wizards of Waverly Place" & the upcoming Huckelberry Finn).
Photo credits: Rich Cruse