A field of 1,800 athletes swam, biked and ran in the 7th annual Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon last weekend. There were two races held on Sunday, September 25- Sprint and Olympic. John Reback came in first overall in the Olympic distance with a time of 2 hours 8 minutes and 47 seconds.
This was the fourth time in five years that Reback had won the triathlon. In regards to Sunday's event he said, "The conditions were perfect, the sun didn't come out [from behind the clouds]."
Isabel Olivas, 27, was the overall female winner for the Olympic distance. She came out of the swim in second place with only one male in front of her and managed to move up during the bike to first place. Although she was passed by a few male athletes during the run portion, Olivas still claimed the overall female title with an astonishing time of 2 hours 16 minutes and 55 seconds. Her finishing time was just over 10 minutes faster than second place female, Jeanine Seeger who completed the event with a time of 2:27:07.
The female winner for the Sprint distance was Audrey Vanderkamp with a time of 1:20:06. Lee Zolhman came in almost six minutes ahead of the second place male with a time of 1:09:13 to win the overall male title for the Sprint distance.
The Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon is famous for taking Olympic distance athletes by ferry out to an island where they must jump overboard and "escape" back to Miami by swimming .9 miles. They then bike 24.8 miles and finish by running 6.2 miles over the MacArthur Causeway. The Sprint distance consists of a .25 mile swim, 13 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.
The weekend events also included a health and fitness expo on Saturday that had Paralympian and World Record Holder Rudy Garcia-Tolson speak about his experience as a double amputee athlete. Following Sunday's event was a post race party that included event sponsors Pollo Tropical, Heineken, Volkswagen, Muscle Milk, Baptist Health and Mack Cycle.
Registration for next year's race is already open. The 2012 Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon date will be September 23. Interested athletes can register by going to www.WillYouFinish.com.
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