On Sunday October 20 age-group athletes were in the spotlight when the starting gun sounded to begin Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie 2013 in Australia.
The race was billed as the Australian age-group Championship and many of the best age-group triathletes from the land down under were after bragging rights as the best in their respective age categories.
Kira Flanagan was the first female age-group athlete to cross the finish line. Flanagan represented the 25-29 age-group and posted a very fast time of 4:47:13.
Jessica Mitchell was in the youngest of age-groups but that didn't stop her from being the second fastest when she crossed the line in 4:51:42 while part of the 18-24 category. Allison cook of the 40-44 age-group rounded out the top three with her time of 4:56:25.
The race for top spot among the age-group men was a tight one with Daniel Macpherson of the 25-29 age-group taking top honors when he blazed across the line in a sensational time of 4:14:45.
Ben Bell was not that far behind in second spot with his equally excellent time of 4:16:33. Bell raced in the 35-39 category. Clint Kimmins also part of the 25-29 age-group took third spot in 4:19:25.
In one of the senior categories there was quite a battle for top spot.
Kim Nolan edged out Mark Egan by just 43 seconds to take top honors in the 55-59 category. They crossed the finish line with times of 5:03:07 and 5:03:50 respectively.
Lisa Marangon and Josh Amberger were the pro champions and overall winners. Amberger was the only athlete to break the four hour barrier with his amazing time of 3:56:48. Marangon broke the tape in 4:30:49.
The race is still in progress with many of the senior age-group titles still up for grabs. Be sure to drop by IronStruck.com for an update on all the top age-group finishers as they become available.