Are You Tough Enough for the Ironman?

Swimming at Lucky PeakFew one day races are as grueling as a triathlon, or ironman competition.  A test of one's swimming ability, followed immediately by a punishing bike ride, and then finishing off the competition with a very long run.  

The typical triathlete is indeed a superbly conditioned athlete.  Consider the two winners of the recent  Boise 70.3  Ironman competition, Ben Hoffman, an American, and Magali Tisseyre, a Canadian.  In his fourth attempt to win the Boise 70.3 Ironman competition, Hoffman finally took home the Men's Division Championship.  For Ms. Tisseyre, the win was her second Women's Division Championship in Boise. 

Boise, Idaho is one of over forty stops on the Ironman 70.3 circuit.  The circuit, founded in 2006, has become in that short period of time, the fastest growing circuit of its kind.  Competition is held all over the world, from Phuket, Thailand, Pescara, Italy, Mallorca, Spain, to Canberra, Australia, Austin, Texas, Boise, Idaho, and concluding with the world championship in Clearwater, Florida in November.

The 70.3 name is derived from the competition's course length.  The initial event, swimming, is a 1.2 mile race across a body of water.  Segment two of the race is a 56.0 mile bike race.  The last stage of the race is a grueling half-marathon, or 13.1 miles of running.

Boise 70.3 Ironman Race - The Course
For the Boise 70.3 Ironman, the race began in the very cool waters of Lucky Peak Reservoir.  The bike racing segment of the race began at Barclay Bay, crossed over Lucky Peak Dam, then moved south and headed for downtown Boise.  The final leg of the competition began on Capitol Boulevard, moved through the Boise community, and ended in downtown Boise.

Boise 70.3 Ironman - Results
 Men's Division
Competing in the Boise event for the fourth time, American Ben Hoffman finally found the winner's podium. Hoffman, stayed close in a pack of four, following Swim stage winner, Kyle Leto,who recorded a race best of 22:23. In the cycling stage, Hoffman commandeered the competition, raced to a smoking 2:05:34 time, put himself all alone at the top, with a 4 minute 34 second lead over his nearest competitor.  In the half-marathon, Hoffman ran a relaxed 1:18:33, to win the overall (3:52:41).  Nicholas Thompson, eighth after the cycling, ran a race best of 1:13:46 to finish second in the overall (3:54:48).  Canadian Jeff Symonds placed third in the Men's Division with overall time of 3:55:26.

Women's DivisionRunning Through DowntownPrevious champion, Magali Tisseyre finished third in the swim stage, then dominated the cycling and running stages, to win her second Boise title.  Ms. Tisseyre, compiled a race time of 4:18:28, 2 minutes and 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Heather Wurtele (4:20:41), and comfortably ahead of third-place winner, Rachel McBride (4:22:14).  Interestingly enough, the top three women finishers were all from Canada.

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