There were some familiar sights at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis at the Life Time Fitness Minneapolis Triathlon on Saturday, July 9. For the third year in a row, spectators got to see Matty Reed and Sarah Haskins win this Olympic Distance race.
But the bigger story than that was Haskins’ domination in the return of the “equalizer.” The pro women got a 10:43 head start over the pro men, and the first person (man or woman) to cross the finish line received an extra $5,000 paycheck for winning the “battle of the sexes.” Haskins lead over the first male was down to just over 4 minutes at T2, but everyone knew that was on pace for a close finish. After 5K of the 10K run, her lead over the first male was around 2:45, and the equalizer bonus was practically in her pocket. She checked over her shoulder while she was running down the chute, but Matty Reed wasn’t even in sight.
Haskins told me in an interview 2 days before the race that she loves to race from the front. She came out of the water right on the heels of Sara McLarty, but Haskins had a better transition and started the bike first. From there, she never looked back – well, until the finishers’ chute to make sure she could win the equalizer bonus. Hankins turned in the fastest bike split (1:02:08 on a technical course), and the second fastest run (36:35). She blew away the women’s field with her sub-2 hour performance.
1. Sarah Haskins – 1:59:57
2. Alicia Kaye – 2:03:23
3. Rebeccah Wassner – 2:04:35
4. Lindsey Jerdonek – 2:06:33
5. Becky Lavelle – 2:07:29
6. Nicole Kelleher – 2:07:30
7. Laurel Wassner – 2:08:07
8. Sara McLarty – 2:09:31
9. Jenny Fletcher – 2:13:37
Fastest swim: Sara McLarty – 19:07
Fastest bike: Sarah Haskins – 1:02:08
Fastest run: Nicole Kelleher – 36:24
On the men’s side, it was no surprise to see Andy Potts and Cameron Dye shoot out of the water first. Matty Reed tracked them down on the bike, posting the second fastest split of the day. (The fastest bike split went to local St. Paul pro, David Thompson with his 56:28 performance.) Potts had a stronger final run than Reed (31:37 vs 33:04), but Reed had built up too much of a lead on the bike. Reed took the win by 12 seconds over Potts, and Greg Bennett was just 30 seconds behind Potts for 3rd.
1. Matty Reed – 1:50:09
2. Andy Potts – 1:50:22
3. Greg Bennett – 1:50:52
4. Filip Ospaly – 1:51:26
5. Cameron Dye – 1:53:13
6. Kaleb VanOrt – 1:53:38
7. David Thompson – 1:53:45
8. Eric Limkemann – 1:56:23
9. Brian Lavelle – 1:56:42
10. Dan McIntosh – 1:58:29
11. Patrick Davis – 2:02:15
Fastest swim: Andy Potts – 17:46
Fastest bike: David Thompson – 56:28
Fastest run: Kaleb VanOrt – 31:22
In the Elite race, Catherine Sterling swooped into town from Massachusetts to take the female elite win by nearly 4 minutes (2:10:52). Second place went to local Cathy Yndestad, who recently went pro but then was in a serious bike accident that kept her from training for months. This was her first race coming back from her injury, and she finished with an impressive time of 2:14:50 (with the fastest female elite bike split of 1:05:24). Third place went to local Clarie Bootsma, who has been having a great year in the local races. A 7th place swim, 4th place bike, and 2nd place run allowed Bootsma to turn in a solid 3rd place finish in a time of 2:17:34.
On the men’s side in the elite race, St. Paulie Dan Hedgecock continued his dominating year in Minnesota multisport. Hedgecock was 15th after the swim, but then turned in the fastest bike and the fastest run to be the only elite to finish under 2 hours (1:56:28). Fellow Minnesotan Patrick Parish came in second in 2:00:50, and Chris Leiferman (Colorado) was third in 2:02:02. Other local elite performances worth noting are Kyle Serreyn (6th in 2:07:09), Chad Millner (7th in 2:07:14), Sam Janicki (12th in 2:09:20), and Brett Lovaas (13th in 2:09:37).
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