USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: October 23

By Caryn Maconi | Oct. 23, 2017, 3:34 p.m. (ET)

San Diego Triathlon Challenge

The 24th annual San Diego Triathlon Challenge, also known as the #BestDayInTri, was held Sunday in La Jolla. The event is a fundraiser for the Challenged Athletes Foundation, with a fundraising minimum of $600 per person and $1,500 per relay team that helps fund adaptive equipment, coaching, training, competition expenses and mentoring for challenged athletes around the world.

The triathlon course featured a 1-mile ocean swim, 44-mile bike and 10-mile run, with a 5-kilometer run also on the event schedule. The full event weekend, which ran Friday through Sunday, also featured clinics, auctions, bike races, grant presentations and more. With 200 physically challenged athletes, 550 able-bodied athletes, and a few celebrities and sports legends in the mix, it was a weekend full of inspiration and celebration.

What a weekend! The #bestdayintri was a complete success!

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For results and more information about the #BestDayInTri, visit

Puerto Lopez CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships

Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned a win in her first-ever elite ITU race on Sunday at the CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Chase, a former collegiate runner at Stanford University, is a current resident athlete with USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program. Chase covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 11 seconds. She shared the podium with two Brazilians, runner-up Pamella Oliveira (2:03:49) and Vittoria Lopes (2:03:59).

In the men’s elite race, Collin Chartier (Burke, Va.) was the top U.S. finisher in 12th (1:44:41). Manoel Messias of Brazil took the win in 1:42:15, followed by Taylor Forbes of Canada in 1:42:46 and Juan Jose Andrade Figueroa of Ecuador in 1:43:00.

For complete results from the Puerto Lopez CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships, visit

Challenge Aruba

Just one week after placing fifth at the IRONMAN World Championship, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) took second at Challenge Aruba in Oranjestad, Aruba, on Sunday. Cody Beals of Canada took the win in the men’s pro field, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3:57:36. Potts crossed the line second in 4:01:02, followed by Italian Davide Giardini in 4:05:18. Brad Williams (Riverbank, Calif.) and AJ Baucco (Cleveland, Ohio) rounded out the top-five in 4:10:50 and 4:17:11, respectively.


For complete results from Challenge Aruba, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Miami

Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio) and Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.) earned top-five finishes in the women’s pro field at IRONMAN 70.3 Miami on Sunday. Spieldenner placed fourth, covering the 1.2-mile swim- 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:30:28, while Davis-Hayes took fifth in 4:33:46. Australia’s Ellie Salthouse was the champion in 4:19:57, sharing the podium with Canada’s Angela Naeth (4:22:34) and Great Britain’s Sarah Lewis (4:27:04).

In the men’s pro race, Ivan Dominguez (Las Vegas, Nev.) was the top U.S. finisher in sixth with a time of 4:13:34. Brazil’s Igor Amorelli took the win in 3:59:43, followed by Germany’s Franz Loeschke in 4:02:26 and Brazil’s Paulo Roberto Maciel in 4:04:06.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Miami, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo

Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) placed fifth at IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:39:37. Brazil’s Santiago Ascenso was the champion in 4:20:02, joined on the podium by runner-up Oscar Galindez of Argentina (4:25:22) and third-place finisher Frank Silvestrin of Brazil (4:26:21).

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo, visit