The Timex Team nearly had three overall Ironman wins in two weeks! With Sam Mazer and Jeanni Seymour taking wins at IM Los Cabos and 70.3 Austin, it was Tim Hola's turn at IM Florida.
Tim Hola (CO) lead Ironman Florida, in Panama City Beach, from start to near finish. First out of the water in 53:29 and first off the bike with a 4:40:42 split, Tim lead all the way until mile 25 of the run until eventual winner, Jack McAfee, passed him. A tough loss for Tim, but an amazing performance! The silver lining was a 1st in his age group and a ticket to KONA 2017.
Fresh off her Kona debut, Elyse Gallegos (FL) decided to give IM Florida a go to test her recovery and see what was possible. With a stellar performance, it's clear Elyse can handle the tough task of two Ironmans in one month. Finishing in 10:25 flat, Elyse grabbed first in the F25-29 age group and 7th female overall! Only a month after Kona, she's punched her ticket again.
The third victory in Florida came in the form of Deanna Newman (AL) of the Timex Factory Team. With a finish time of 10:17:40, Deanna grabbed the F45-49 age group win and finished 6th overall!
Shannon Coates (OR) also had a great return to Florida. The former FSU runner turned triathlete finished 6th in the F30-34 age group in a time of 10:46:59.