Monday, October 23, 2017

City Bikes Iron Man 70.3 in Downtown Miami. By Geniusofdespair

Downtown was abuzz with what looked like thousands of fit men and women participating in Iron Man 70.3 sponsored by City Bikes. Don't look for it in the sports section of the Miami Herald paper edition. There is nothing there today.  There were about 3,000 entrants in the race.

The bike portion was finishing up when I got to Bayside about 2pm with 1 or 2 stragglers arriving. The running portion was winding down,  I suppose the winners were already determined long before I got there since the race started at 7a.m.

The swimming portion:

The running segment:

Ellie Salthouse was the female winner and the male winner was Igor Amorelli-Triatleta who completed the the course in 3:59:43.

What City Bikes said about the race:
City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami is a triathlon competition consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run through the streets and bridges of world-renowned Miami.
Igor Amorelli (BRA) managed to take a little bit of the sting out of his 14th place finish at the IRONMAN World Championship just eight days earlier with a convincing victory in the Sunshine State. The proud Brazilian likely had higher expectations for Kona, but no doubt used his finish in Hawaii as motivation swiftly redeem himself in Miami. Amorelli exited the water with a minute deficit and reversed that into over a three-minute lead at the dismount line after the bike. The 32 year-old managed to build and hold a five-minute until four miles to go on the run when Amorelli let off the gas and cruised in for the win.
Aussie Ellie Salthouse (AUS) put in the second fastest swim, bike and runs on the day to take the win in Florida. The women's race was marked by solid performance by Angela Naeth's (CAN) who return to 70.3 racing after dealing with injuries for close to a year. Her form looked great as she clawed her way into second on the strength of a race-best run split.
There were plenty of people judging by the amount of bikes I saw in the lot, staff of City Bikes confirmed there were about 3,000 participants.  And then there were all the residual people standing around  watching like me.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I wandered over at about 7:15 or so and hung out where the first out of the water were hopping on their bikes then went over towards the crowds in bayfront park then over to bayside and watch the swimmers in groups going around the markers in very choppy water

we (me and my two white 22 pound poodles) went through bayside around 9 and around the AAA then back up the boulevard as a lot more folks were passing up first street on their bikes

it was a gorgeous morning downtown and people iron man competitors/participants and their families and friends and posses came from all over the world. the feeling was so positive, truly a good news moment for Miami