Alicia Kaye made it look easy in Calgary today, winning by over 14 minutes, while Ben Hoffman had to pull out all the stops in a sprint to the line to hold off Andy Potts for the men’s title.
Ben Hoffman managed to hold off a spirited charge by Andy Potts to take Ironman 70.3 Calgary by just two seconds today. Hoffman trailed the former US Olympian and 2007 Ironman 70.3 world champion out of the water by over 40 seconds, but managed to out-ride this year’s Ironman Couer d’Alene champ by 54 seconds to set up the running duel that saw Hoffman win the dramatic sprint to the line.
Alicia Kaye continued her winning move to long distance racing with a huge win over Malindi Elmore. The former Canadian (Kaye became an American citizen after marrying US Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker) was out of the water behind Lauren Brandon and Emma-Kate Lidbury, but almost nine minutes ahead of Elmore. Kaye made up almost two minutes of her deficit on Brandon on the bike and handily moved ahead of Lidbury to put herself in a winning position. Her 1:25:13 run split was over 15 minutes faster than Brandon’s, easily enough to get her across the line first. Elmore’s 1:21:35 run split moved her into the runner-up spot.
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