Ironman Miami draws thousands of triathletes

Competitor from New Zealand wins 1st place


MIAMI – Organizers of  City Bikes Ironman 70.3 Miami triathlon allowed some 3,500 to compete on Sunday. There were flags from as far as Australia, China, Denmark, France, Canada and Argentina. 

The annual 8-hour event -- which began and ended at BayFront Park in downtown Miami -- started about 7  a.m. with swimmers jumping into Biscayne Bay.

Competitors took their bicycles westbound on Flagler Street to Northwest North River Drive, northbound to Seventh Avenue and into Eight Street. 

Florida International University volunteers handed competitors water, as they rode their bicycles all the way to the edge of the Florida Everglades in Broward County and back.

They dropped off their bicycles  competitors ran to the finish line.

Terenzo Bozzone from New Zealand won the competition. It took him 3 hours, 42 minutes and 10 seconds to complete the challenge. Rodolphe Von Berg from the U.S. placed second. Franz Loeschke and Michael Raelert from Germany took the third and fourth places.

Ellie Salthouse from Australia was the first woman. It took her 4 hours, 12 minutes and 44 seconds to complete the challenge. Salthouse completed the swimming part of the competition in 29 minutes and 58 seconds. 

After riding her bicycle for 2 hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds, she ran for an hour, 22 minutes and 25 seconds. And she placed 24th among some 3,000 competitors. 

The leader of the team from Brazil was Santiago Ascenco, who was in 7th place. The leader of the team from Guatemala was Raul Tejada, who was in 10th place. The leader of the Colombians was Carlos Quinchara Forero, who was in 12th place. And the leader of the Argentines was Andres Darricau, who was in 13th place.


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