Sarah Haskins once again showed her strength on this course as she again wins the Life Time Fitness Triathlon, her 4th consecutive victory here. She not only wins the women's pro race with a new course record, she narrowly wins the equalizer component in place at this race. On the men's side Hunter Kemper, who will be representing the Unites States in the upcoming London Olympic Games, chased down Cameron Dye on the run for the win. He last won this race back in 2006. The pro field battled for the event's $40,000 purse, with the winner in both the female and male divisions taking home $12,500 each.
It was once of the better pro fields at this race in a while, which also included several London bound triathletes like Bevan Docherty from New Zealand, Kemper and Gwen Jorgensen who is from Wisconsin but now resides here in St. Paul, MN. Docherty takes third in the men's race while Jorgensen is the runner-up on the women's side.
The day started with the pro women taking off 10 minutes and 34 seconds ahead of the pro men for the equalizer component of the race which featured a $5,000 premium.
Haskins was first out of the water. One the men's side Dustin McLarty was first out of swim. Past the half way point on the bike, Haskins maintained about a six minute lead on the men's chase group which was being led by Dye, with the other men not about a minute behind. Dye cut the gap down to about four minutes heading into T2, with the other men not far behind. The chase was on. After the first loop of the run, Haskins still had the lead, but it was down to two minutes, this time with Kemper trying to run her down.
2012 Life Time Fitness Triathlon - Minneapolis Results:
Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 14, 2012
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Haskin's husband Nate gave her some encourage on the Cedar Ave Bridge to keep her going. She headed off on the path around the lake for the reaming part of the run while he headed running in the opposite directing to meet here at the finish line.
Kemper looked fast on the Cedar Ave Bridge, but still had to make up some time. At the finish line it was Haskins who appeared around the bend first running past the cheering fans to the finish line. As she neared the finish line, Kemper appeared around the bend, mere seconds behind her. Haskins heard the race announcer say that Kemper was right behind her; she darted to the finish line, maintaining her customary smile.
Matt Reed, the pre-race favorite on the men's side for winning the last three year unfortunately DNF'd on the bike, actually taking time to catch a glimpse of Haskins fly by on the bike heading to T2. Before the race he was stuck by a wasp on his warm up run on his foot. While warming up on the swim, he was showing off his swollen foot. He started the swim, but was not his usual self exiting towards the front. I talked with him later and he mentioned that he was a bit nervous on the swim because his berating was not normal. Reed who is allergic to bee's still wasn't feeling and pulled out of the race past the half way point on the bike. He considered taking some Benadryl before the start of the race but elected not to do so.
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