This past weekend featured a local Ontario favourite, the Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. For the third straight year the race was hosted at the Canada Summit Centre near Huntsville’s city centre. Weather conditions this year were quite favourable compared to previous editions of the race, which have normally been very hot and humid. Temperatures during most of the race this year hovered in the high teens and low 20’s C.
As with recent editions of the race there was not a professional category, making it an age-group-only race. This year the race had 40 qualifying spots to the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand.
The 1.9K swim in Fairy Lake was wetsuit-legal, despite the warmer water temperature. The 90K bike course remained the same as 2018, with an out-and-back course to near Dorset. The run course was brand new this year, with a series of large hills to challenge the athletes repeatedly before they finished.
Nick Cosman of Kingston, Ont. was the overall men’s champion, finishing in a total time of 4:01:42. His swim, bike, run splits were 28:56, 2:10:03, and 1:19:35 respectively. Steve Jackson of Jupiter, Fla. was two minutes and 30 seconds behind for second place in 4:04:12. Toronto Michael Latifi rounded out the men’s top-three podium with a total time of 4:11:04.
Miranda Tomenson of Toronto won the women’s race in 4:43:05. She backed a 27:04 swim (eighth fastest overall on the day) with a 2:35:50 bike and 1:35:57 run to take the win. Windsor, Ont.’s Blaire Kniaziew Gervais took second, finishing in 4:46:53. Third place was Maureen Mahoney of Ottawa with a total time of 4:47:18.