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Canadian David Hainish wins Ultraman Florida with second fastest time across the distance

Hainish, 32, completed the 321.6-mile distance in just over 22 hours.

Hainish on the 171-mile bike course at Ultraman Florida.

Milton, Ontario’s David Hainish, 32, clocked the second-ever fastest time at the recent Ultraman Florida, earning himself the win at this year’s event in 22 hours, eight minutes. For the 321.6-mile, this time puts him up close with with the fastest-ever Ultraman time, clocked by the world record holder and Florida race director, Chuck Kemeny.

Hainish got his start in triathlon 10 years ago at the local Milton Triathlon, part of the popular Ontario-based Subaru triathlon series.

Prior to his first race in Milton, Hainish didn’t have much athletic experience. Like most triathletes, it only took one race for him to get hooked on the multisport life.

Ultraman Florida, which takes place in the Orlando area, takes place over three days. Hainish said his crew was essential to his success.

“I just went as fast as possible and my crew provided anything and everything … literally every 400 m jumping out of a van and handing me liquids and nutrition,” he said in an interview with Inside Halton.

He didn’t expect to win the race with as large a margin of victory as he pulled off, but took things day by day and stuck to his plan.

“It’s pretty scary if you think about doing a double marathon after those first two days. You really have to live in the moment … internalize and just take it one stroke or pedal turn at a time.”

Full results for Ultraman Florida can be found here.

With files from Steve LeBlanc, Inside Halton.