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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: April 23

By Caryn Maconi | April 23, 2018, 11:25 p.m. (ET)

Surf City Escape Triathlon

USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athlete Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.) claimed the win at the Surf City Escape Triathlon in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Sunday, outracing several seasoned elite triathletes in one of her first-ever professional non-drafting races. Chase covered the 1,500-meter swim, 24.8-kilometer bike and 6.2-mile run in 2 hours, 9 seconds. She crossed the finish line 30 seconds ahead of 2008 U.S. Olympian Sarah Haskins (Clermont, Fla.), who claimed the runner-up spot. Taking third was Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.) in 2:00:58. Paula Findlay of Canada took fourth in 2:01:22, and Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) rounded out the top five in 2:03:47.

In the men’s pro race, Jason West took the win in 1:46:10. He was followed eight seconds later by Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.). In third was Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.), who crossed three seconds after Dye in 1:46:21. Fourth place went to Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) in 1:48:26, and Ryan Fisher of Australia took fifth in 1:49:36.

What a day! Had so much fun competing at @escapeseriestri #surfcity and getting to grit it out on some tired legs and alongside some incredibly strong women! Such an honor to race with @erikaackerlund @sarahhaskinstri @hjacksonracing @paula_findlay and my wonderful teammates. You all are amazing! After a cold and challenging swim, I found myself among the top couple of contenders on the bike. I pushed hard, came off of the bike in 4th, and was able to make up some more ground once I hit the pavement for the run. Praise Jesus Christ for the win and big thanks as always to my Coach, Jarrod Evans @triathlongold, @quintanarootri for my awesome (and SPEEDY!!) bike, @usatriathlon, @rokasports, @teampsychotriathlete, @rudyprojectna for the endless support! PC: @iamdanalou #escapeseriestri #quintanarootri #triathlon

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Quick turnaround post race! All packed up and headed to airport! Congrats to @sophiechase1 for the win! I ended up second today and I was a little unsure how my body would respond today with mostly indoor training this year. The swim had massive surf and I struggled a bit getting in and out of it. The water was COLD and my body felt a little numb, but overall good. I exited second and headed on the bike. My legs were hurting a bit on the bike, but I told myself to just keep pushing! On the run, my feet were numb until mile 3! We had a tough 1/2 mike section of sand which was brutal, but I felt good running. Sophie caught me around mile four and tried to stick with her for a bit. I am sharing the podium with a 22 and 24 year old. At 37, I feel like a grammie compared to them!! Lol! Great race to blow out some cobwebs for the start of the season! St. Anthony’s next weekend! #triathletemom Thanks to all my supporters!

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For complete results from the Surf City Escape Triathlon, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Peru

Sarah Piampiano (San Francisco, Calif.) took the win at IRONMAN 70.3 Peru in Lima on Sunday, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:15:08. She finished more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.), who turned in a time of 4:21:00. Argentina’s Romina Palacio Balena took third in 4:22:13, and Great Britain’s Emma-Kate Lidbury was fourth in 4:38:13. Rounding out the top-five was Elizabeth Nyitray (Alpharetta, Ga.), who crossed the line in 4:45:30.

In the men’s race, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed second with a time of 3:47:49. He was just 30 seconds back from champion Cyril Viennot of France (3:47:19). Taking third through fifth were Mario De Elias of Argentina (3:49:57), Tim Rea of Australia (3:50:50) and Raul Tejada of Guatemala (3:51:01).

SO pumped to take the win today at @ironmantri #IM703Lima -it felt great to be on the top step! A huge congrats to all the pro women for some great racing today - partic @kelsey_withrow and Romina Palacio for rounding out the podium. To the city of #Lima, the race organizers, Ironman, and all the supporters - THANK YOU! It was so awesome to come back for year 2 of this race and see some amazing improvements. This course was awesome! . . . Lastly - I would be nowhere in this sport without the incredible support of SO many people, brands and companies. My gratitude for your belief in me and allowing me to chase my dreams is immeasureable. Thank you to @saucony, @clifbar @rideshimano, @zone3us, @haloneuroscience, @ixcelawellness, @purplepatchfitness, @rudyprojectna, @cercacor, @sosrehydrate, @polarglobal, @theolympicclub_1860 @creidfitness @sfsportsmassage @oh_lord @bearmattress @bohemewines @velofixbayarea @pfc_nutrition @zealiosskincare @wattieink @shift_sf as well as my amazing family, friends and teammates. I could not be any luckier. . . . #littleredracing #racing #triathlon #competition #winnerwinnerchickendinner #befearless #believe #swimbikerun #rockthew #runyourworld #feedyouradventure #teameffort

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Happy to come away with a 2nd place at @ironman70.3peru. It wasn’t a perfect race but we are headed in the right direction for the rest of the season. On May 6, I will head over to Port Macquarie, Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί for my very 1st Ironman.πŸ˜³πŸ˜„. I wanted to also thank all my sponsors and supporters for being a part of my team πŸ‘ŠπŸ» @altrarunning @gq_6 @vie13_kustom_apparel @polarglobal @bolle_eyewear @amain_cycling_store @envecomposites @bontcycling @renclubsport @rokasports @jaybirdsport @ntrecovery @defeet @jonocoulter @core_motion_athletics #triathlon #triathlete #ironman #ironmantraining #im703lima #lima #peru #roadtokona #motivation #strength #tri356 #swimming #bikes #cycling #aero #running

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So I missed my picture on the podium at @herbalife24 @ironman70.3peru yesterday because I never expected to place top 5 in my second pro @ironmantri race ever, but I did get a picture with fellow @wattieink athlete and triathlon legend, @andy_potts ! THANK YOU: @team_wattieink for the incredible support, inspiration and never-ending good vibes, @latnlovr157 for being my rock, my cheerleader, and the best life partner ever, @jhtriathlete for very successfully managing my preparation and adjusting recent training around my crazy Oceanside 70.3 virus, @hartmannfit for an awesome racecation and for being such a great training buddy and athlete (even though you beat me), @kcwueste for your friendship, support and wheels, @the_unseen_tp for making me stronger, @coach_flanny for the pre-race tips and boost of confidence, and all my sponsors (tagged in pic) - because I wouldn't be here without them! ----------------------- #WattieInk #RockTheW #TimeToRock #Herbalife24 #TeamZealios #GetOutside #SLFMotion #SmootherLighterFaster #SLFMotionFactoryAce #SLFie #RunWithPower #StrydRunning #Limitless #HokaOneOne #YourBikeRideMadeBetter #SuperFastWheels #HydrateFaster #EternalWater #NaturesPerfectWater #PoweredByPioneer #PioneerCycling #PioneerPowerMeter #PioneerPower #PioneerCycleSports #AllForTheSwim #blueseventy #Argon18 #E119Tri #Supported

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Peru, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Florianopolis

Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) took second place at IRONMAN 70.3 Florianopolis in Brazil on Sunday, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3:50:22. Brazil’s Igor Amorelli earned the win in 3:46:46, while three other Brazilians — Iuri Vinuto (3:51:49), Santiago Ascenço (3:52:58) and Fernando Toldi (3:54:20) claimed the third, fourth and fifth-place spots.

In the women’s race, Nicole Valentine (Boulder, Colo.) was the top American in fifth. Valentine covered the course in 4:32:41, less than 10 minutes behind winner Pamella Oliveira of Brazil (4:23:03). Taking second through fourth were Brazilians Bruna Mahn (4:23:14), Beatriz Neres (4:23:59) and Luiza Cravo (4:24:38).

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Florianopolis, visit

Kids Triathlon Presented by Texas Children's Hospital

While elite triathletes were achieving podium performances all over the world last weekend, youth triathletes participated in the largest kid’s triathlon in the country. At the Kids Triathlon presented by Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, more than 3,000 athletes ages 6 to 15 crossed the finish line. Event weekend included races for junior (6-10) and senior (11-15) athletes, as well as an interactive expo. Four-time U.S. Olympian Hunter Kemper volunteered and shared his experiences throughout the weekend.

Seas the day. #TexansKidsTri

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You make us very proud Samuel . #kidstriathlon @sbpirela

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For more information about the Kids Triathlon, visit

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