Tyler Butterfield was forced to withdraw from the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships early in the run after suffering a calf strain. Last year Tyler had mechanical problems on the bike but still managed to finish but bad luck hit him again this year.
He looked to be well positioned after the swim exiting the water in 25:35 close to the leaders. After trailing the leaders by almost 3 minutes, Canadian Lionel Sanders again used his blistering bike speed to quickly most past Butterfield and the other contenders. Tyler’s bike of 2:12:23 left him in 11th overall going into the run but he had to pull out very early in the run. Sanders bike split of 2:03:57 saw him exit first onto the run and he then posted the fastest run split of 1:13:30 to win by over two minutes from Germany’s Sebastian Kienle, the only other contender to post a time close to Sanders.
As expected Bermuda’s age groupers did exceptional well with two of the island’s competitors making the podium.
Ashley Estanwik finished a brilliant 2nd in the female 35-39 age group whilst Phil Mace made up for the disappointment of his DNF in Miami taking 3rd overall in the very competitive mens 40-44 age group.
Ashley had a solid swim of 35:07 (11th fastest in her age group) and then a bike of 2:52:46 which moved her up to 8th going into the run. Ashley is ofcourse known for her outstanding running ability and her run of 1:32:18 took her to her podium finish in an overall time of 5:05:59. As a newcomer to long distance racing her performance was excepional and suggested that she could well be taking top spot on the podium in races to come in one of the most competitive female age groups. Ashley was the 23rd female finisher
Meanwhile Phil Mace produced the fastest time of the Bermuda contingent as he finished in an overall time of 4:43:12. After emerging from the water in 29:18 ( 7th fastest in his age group) he produced an excellent bike of 2:34:15 to move up to 4th. His solid run of 1:34:48 then saw him seal a podium place. Phil was the 84th overall and was the 75th male finisher.
Kristen Palmer continues to impress taking 9th spot in the female 30-34 age group in 5:26:20
Allison Schindel also had an excellent race finishing 11th in the female 35-39 age group in 5:24:33 after an excellent swim of 29:48 which put her in 3rd place onto the bike.
Spencer Butterfield kept the Butterfield family flag flying proud as in his first 70.3 race he finished a very impressive 14th place finish in the mens 35-39 age group, again a very competitive age group. He trailed in his age group in 45th place after the swim but a very strong bike saw him move up to 15th going into the run and he made up another place on the run to finish in 5:00:42.
Aaron Garcia was Bermuda’s other age group finisher taking 34th place in the mens 25-29 age group in a good time od 5:32:11.
Phil Lupsic did not start the run and Mark Robinson pulled out on the bike. Mike Scindel was a non starter.
The women’s race was won by Canada’s Heather Wurtele in 4:16:48
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