Ironman superstar Lisa Bentley was among the masters finishers at the New York City Marathon over the weekend.
The masters category at major North American road races includes any athlete 40 and older. The 44-year-old consistently dominated the marathon throughout her 11 Ironman victories. Bentley finished 29th in the women’s race in 2:52:52. She was the top Canadian female finisher. Bentley ran 2:49:36 at the Boston Marathon in the spring.
“They told me I could start at the front and it was such an honour for me to be able to start there,” said Bentley. “It would have been nice to start with 50,000 other people but it really was an honour to get to start with the 30 Olympians at the front.”
Despite being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1988, and finally retiring from triathlon in 2009 due to complications from the disease, Bentley has shown no signs of slowing down. Congratulations Lisa!