The sixth running of Ironman 70.3 Muskoka took place on Sunday September 8, 2013 in Muskoka, Ontario.
Several top pros took part in the race and for most of them Muskoka was a tune-up race for the Ironman World Championships that are set to take place on October 12, 2013.
Andreas Raelert was the favorite for the pro men to top the podium, but there were several other male pros who were capable of providing an upset if Raelert faltered.
Gavin Anderson of the USA lead the way out of the water and right from the beginning Raelert found himself off the pace as he was fifth after the 1.2-mile swim.
Tom Davison of New Zealand took over the lead on the bike course with Lionel Sanders of Canada close behind as they began the 13.1-mile run. At this point Raelert was six minutes back of the leaders and seemed pretty much out of contention for a podium spot.
Things certainly changed on the run course and it was Lionel Sanders of Canada taking the victory on the strength of his 1:10:58 run time that was the fastest of the day.
Andreas Raelert of Germany who seemed far out of it came charging on the run course and took second place with the second fastest run of the day.
Tom Davison of New Zealand was unable to maintain his lead but hung on for third place.
For the pro women it was Angela Quick at the front after the swim, but it was fellow Canadian Rachel McBride who took over the lead on the 56-mile bike course and held onto it as the run began.
Race favorite Mirinda Carfrae was also in the hunt and was just two minutes back of the leader as she began the run.
Ironman 70.3 Muskoka is one of the first races of the season that enables the pros to earn points towards the 2014 World Championships.
The race is still in progress so be sure to visit IronStruck.com for a look at how the pro women fared and also the top finish times for all the top pro and the age-group triathletes as they become available.