With nine athletes, and myself (Tristan) residing in or around Boulder, the Boulder 70.3 and Full have become the new home town races.
Of those nine athletes, seven competed in the 70.3 over the weekend!
Jeanni Seymour was once again the star of the show. Out of the water in 3rd position and off the bike in 3rd, Jeannie was roughly 3 minutes out of the lead once she hit the run. Quickly overtaking Alicia Kay for second, the focus became Ellie Salthouse and the overall win. Spectators eagerly awaited the split times and were teased with the announcement of a 1 minute gap, and then a 16 second gap. With roughly one mile to go, Jeanni made the pass, taking the lead. However, her move was short lived as Ellie surged once more, regaining the lead and managing to hold Jeanni off in the end. It was an all out battle and Jeanni, once again, raced with no fear and all heart.
Christine Hammond also crossed the line in an impressive 7th place, continuing a stellar return to the sport post pregnancy.
In the men's race, rookie pro and fresh new face of the Timex Multisport Team, Sam Long, was out to prove he belonged. Only two weeks after accepting his pro card, Sam was racing against a stacked field, including his fellow team members, Leon Griffin and Justin Metzler. After playing catchup on the bike, Sam came out of transition in sub-6 minute pace. The pace was fast enough to position him near the top 10, but was a little too ambitious. In the blistering heat, Sam's splits slowed a bit, but still paced him to a 17th place finish.
Leon and Justin both struggled on the day, finishing 12th and 19th, respectively. Both solid performances, however, not what they had set out for.
On the age group side, Tim Hola had an amazing day, finishing 2nd in the M40-44 age group and 4th age grouper overall. Ellen Hart, suffering from a few injuries, decided to only swim and bike. It's worth noting that Ellen crushed the bike with a 23.14MPH average for the 56 mile course!
Timex alumni and Boulder resident, Joe Gambles pulled off the win, marking his 5th Boulder 70.3 title.
Photo Gallery above by: Dennis Meeker