Miami, Florida is one of the most popular WTC Ironman venues and on Sunday October 27 another sold-out field answered the starting gun for the 1.2-mile swim in Biscayne Bay that signaled the start of Ironman 70.3 Miami 2013.
It was a fairly large field of pro men on hand and there was certainly no lack of talent. The starting field included pre-race favorites Terenzo Bozzone, Ben Collins and Nils Frommhold.
There were also several others entered in the race who were quite capable of topping the podium on their best effort.
As is often the case in a 70.3 Ironman race, there were a large group of pro men who came out of the water virtually together. Matt Reed had the fastest official clocking but he was far from alone with the next eight pro men all within 24 seconds.
Ben Collins posted the fastest bike time with his 2:02:51 split and was followed closely by Nils Frommhold and Terenzo Bozzone and is often the case the victory would be decided on the run course.
It was Terenzo Bozzone who proved to be the strongest on the day and he pulled away in the run to take the win in a time of 3:41:17.
Filip Ospaly put in an excellent effort and took second place away from Nils Frommhold who finished third. They posted finish times of 3:43:12 and 3:44:15 respectively.
At first glance it appeared that Leanda Cave and Nina Kraft would be the most likely to come out on top of the for the pro women.
However it was Helle Frederiksen taking the lead in the swim and taking control of the race as the 56-mile bike portion of the course began. Her bike time of 2:15:23 gave her a lead of almost three minutes over Erika Csomor with pre-race favorite Leanda Cave six minutes back.
There would be no catching Helle Frederiksen as she seemed to get stronger as the race went on. She crossed the finish line first with a time of 4:03:38 and was over eight minutes ahead of Erika Csomor who finished second in 4:11:48.
Eimear Mullan posted the fastest run of the day and it earned her the final spot on the podium. Her finish time was 4:12:39.
The pros were racing for prize money and Kona Ranking Points for the World Championships that will take place in the Fall of 2014.
There were also World Championship qualifying spots up for grabs for the age-group athletes.
The race is still in progress so be sure to visit IronStruck.com for all the top pro and age-group results as they become available.