GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ryan Rau and Megan Bennehoff were crowned overall champions, and 18 athletes earned age-group titles at the USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Sunday, Aug. 18.
This year’s race was held in conjunction with the Michigan Titanium Triathlon at Versluis Park.
“This is a great community,” Rau said about racing in Grand Rapids. “They really respect people who swim, bike, and run. They really get into it.”
Due to lightning in the area, the race was cut in half to a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike race, and a 13.1-mile run.
Ultra-Distance Nationals served as a Team USA qualifier for the second consecutive year. The top finishers in each age group earned the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, part of the Multisport World Championships in Almere, Netherlands.
Rau (Brighton, Mich.) crossed the finish line in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 17 seconds to win the men’s overall title, his first Ultra-Distance National Championship win.
"My training has been lacking because of my daughter, Tessa. I get bike rides in while she is napping,” Rau sad about his training. “I go by numbers. I race by heart rate and power. Today my heart rate was where it was supposed to be.”
Scott Erba (Winona Lake, Ind.) finished second overall male, finishing in 4:30:55, earning the men’s 50-54 age group title. Stefano Profumo (Santa Cruz, Calif.) took third, winning the men's 40-44 age group, with a time of 4:35:30.
In the women’s division, Bennehoff took home the women’s overall championship in 5:30:29.
Julie Moore (Columbia, Mo.) placed second overall, in 5:35:46 and claimed the women’s 25-29 age group title. Patricia Oelschlager (Southern Pines, N.C.) finished third, winning the women’s 35-39 age group in 5:41:13.
Overall, 80 athletes crossed the finish line at Versluis Park.
2019 USA Triathlon Ultra-Distance National Championships
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
National Champions — Complete Results
Male Overall: Ryan Rau (Brighton, Mich.), 4:18:17
Female Overall: Megan Bennehoff (Freeport, Ill. ) 5:30:29
M20-24: Ethan Schwendeman (Boardman, Ohio), 5:36:45
F20-24: Estrella Garcia (Wheatley, Ontario), 6:50:30
M25-29: Garrett Nelson (Madison, Wisc.) 4:42:19
F25-29: Julie Moore (Columbia, Mo.) 5:35:46
M30-34: David Sandberg (Cincinnati, Ohio), 4:50:05
F30-34: Megan Bennehoff (Freeport, Ill.) 5:30:29
M35-39: Ryan Rau (Brighton, Mich.), 4:18:17
F35-39: Patricia Oelschlager (Southern Pines, N.C.), 5:41: 13
M40-44: Stefano Profumo (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 4:35:30
F40-44:Michelle Dafler (Richmond, Ind.), 5:50:48
M45-49: Matt Smith (Zeeland, Mich.), 4:42:35
F45-49: Nicole Finstad (Birchwood, Wisc.), 5:43:26
M50-54: Scott Erba (Winona Lake, Ind.), 4:30:55
F50-54: Maryann Graham (Grand Haven, Mich.), 7:07:46
M55-59: Jeff Dorrill (Dallas, Texas), 5:14:35
F55-59: Amy Giesen (Niagara, Wisc.),6:50:13
M65-69: Terry Gates (Alto, Mich.), 5:55:11
F65-69: Peg Brooks (Fitchburg, Wisc.), 7:04:17
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