St. George, Utah used to host a full distance Ironman. It lasted for a year or two and then they got rid of it due to the course being just too dang hard for people! The rolling hills, cold morning water temps, and likely high winds made St. George one of the most honest triathlon courses out there. The 70.3 race simply cut that super tough Ironman course in half, maintaining an uber tough and honest course for the race now dubbed the North American Pro Championships.
Fresh off her victory at 70.3 Liuzhou, Jeanni Seymour (ZAF) came to St. George looking for some redemption from last year where she took a respectable 6th place. Jeanni is not the type to race for a respectable finish and had her eyes set on a top three podium spot. At the end of the day, a podium spot is just what she got, finishing runner up to the 2016 70.3 World Champion, Holly Lawrence, in a time of 4:15:12, including a race-best run split of 1:22:36.
Jackie Hering (WI) and Lisa Roberts (AZ) also finished in the top 10, going 6th and 7th respectively.
On the age group side:
Ellen Hart finished 2nd AG (5:22:25)
Steve Chapin took 7th AG (4:46:44)
Traveller Hill (4:55:27) and Adam Olson (4:40:32) finished 11th in their respective age groups.
The Timex Factory Team was also well represented at St. George with these seven finishes:
Kirk Lacko - 13th AG (5:12:40)
Marc Castelanelli - 53rd AG (5:30:37)
Emily Hansen - 29th AG (6:20:08)
Theresa Allison - 32nd AG (6:42:05)
Jane Piombo - 16th AG (6:40:10)
Jake Root - 151st AG (6:34:56)
Andy Nye - 85th AG (6:08:47)