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Bertrand and Kmet claim Iron 226 titles at The Canadian

James Lawrence sets new world record with 21 iron distance races this year.

At Iron 226, the featured event at The Canadian, held in Ottawa, Woodstock’s Robert Bertrand and Ottawa’s Darcia Kmet took home the top prize.

Racers faced tough winds on the multi-lap but flat bike course and some early heat on the multi-lap run.

James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy, took the lead onto the run but Bertrand was able to outrun everyone with a 4:03:22 marathon to earn the win in 10:46:13. Lawrence came in just behind in 10:49:48, and David Reckzin of Barrie finished third (11:46:11).

Kmet’s road to victory was easier. Her top bike (6:05:42) and run (4:37:10) separated her from the rest of the women (12:15:45). Bathurst’s Natalie Boivin grabbed second (12:57:19), and Moira Macleod took third (14:22:40) in the small women’s field.

With his completion of the Iron 226, James Lawrence entered the Guinness World Record books with 21 iron distance races completed in one year, besting the previous record of 20 set by Stefaan Engels from Belgium in 2008. Lawrence plans on completing 9 more races in 2012 to make it 30 for the year.

Toronto’s Parichit Bagga (9:35:29) and Clifton Park’s Tracy Perry (12:01:50) won the Iron 226 Duathlon (4 km run, 180 km bike, 42.2 km run).

The Canadian consisted of a wide variety of multisport events all day, including a night time marathon and half marathon.

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