Columbia, Md. – Reigning Ironman World Champion, Craig “Crowie” Alexander of Caringbah, Australia won the men’s division of the Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon with a time of 3:44:57, overtaking the 2011 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Champion T.J. Tollakson (3rd). 34-year-old Meredith Kessler of San Francisco was the women’s champion with a time of 4:12:40, defeating Mirinda Carfrae, 2011 Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Champion, who dropped out of the race during the bike due to an illness. Both winners took home a cash prize of $10,000.
Following Kessler, the top five females were: 2) Margaret Shapiro (Herndon, VA), time: 4:22:38, prize: $5,500; 3) Kristin Andrews (Chevy Chase, MD), time: 4:26:56, prize: $3,500, 4) Sarah Piampiano (Los Angeles, CA), time: 4:30:39, prize: $2,500; 5) Amber Ferreira (Concord, NH), time: 4:31:09, prize: $2,000), 6) Heather Leiggi (Bryn Mawr, PA), time: 4:36:03, prize: $1,500.
“The EagleMan course was everything I heard it would be…tough,” said Crowie. “The challenging part of a flat course is having to pedal and run at full strength the entire time without being able to coast. Overall, I had a good performance and am glad that I could be part of such a classy race this year.”
“This was my first visit to the City of Cambridge for EagleMan and I definitely plan to be back next year to defend my 2012 title,” said Kessler. “The course was challenging, but the volunteers and this city are first class.”
In addition to the 70.3, more than 120 endurance athletes participated in the USATMA AquaBike Championship. 30-year-old Benjamin Winterroth of Silver Spring, MD won the USATMA AquaBike Championship with a time of 2:40:39. 30-year-old Kim Stepien of Chevy Chase, MD was the first place female with a time of 2:59:49.
The EnduraFit Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is the largest Ironman 70.3 event in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the country. The conditions of the course were both demanding and challenging, with high temperatures reaching 93 degrees, 88 percent humidity and water temperature at 75.6 degrees. Participants competed to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (30 slots) on October 13, 2012 and the Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Lake Las Vegas (30 slots) on September 9, 2012.
“This is the first year we have had a wetsuit swim in three years, and the fastest swim time today was a full two minutes faster than last year,” said Robert Vigorito, President and founder of TriColumbia. “Crowie, Meredith, Benjamin and Kim swam, biked and ran incredible races today. We congratulate them and all who finished and qualified for spots in Kona and Lake Las Vegas. This was an exciting year for TriColumbia as we also unveiled and gifted an EagleMan monument to the City of Cambridge which honors EagleMan Champions past and future.”