It was another sold out field for Ironman Louisville in Kentucky on Sunday August 25, 2013 as it played host to over 2500 athletes in the sixth edition of this very popular WTC event.
The pre-race favorites for top spot among the pro men were Patrick Evoe and Chris McDonald. Evoe went into the race as the defending champion after winning Ironman Louisville 2012 and Chris McDonald was second in that same race.
It was expected the two pros would renew their rivalry and pick up right where they left off.
True to form it was Chris McDonald charging to the front in the early stages of the 112-mile bike course and he continued to extend his lead to over eight minutes as he entered the second transition and headed out onto the 26.2-mile marathon course.
At that point Patrick Evoe had plenty of work to do if he was to retain his title as Ironman Louisville Champion that he won in 2012.
There was no catching Chris McDonald who was strong in all three disciplines and is the 2013 Ironman Louisville champion.
For the pro women Kate Bevilaqua has enjoyed an excellent 2013 season at the Ironman 70.3 distance and went into Ironman Louisville in fine form. Nina Kraft was also entered in the race and was highly regarded as well.
The race for top spot among the pro women seemed to unfold as expected through much of the bike course, but eventually Kate Bevilaqua pulled away from Nina Kraft as Kraft fell back into third place.
A charging Whitney Garcia of Boulder, Colorado moved into second place and began to chase down the leader Bevilaqua on the run course, but was unable to sustain her charge to the front and fell three minutes back at the six-mile mark of the marathon.
Nina Kraft was still in third place and five minutes back of the leader Bevilaqua.
The race is still in progress as the pro women battle it out for the top on the podium in Ironman Louisville 2013.
The pros were racing for prize money as well as Kona Ranking Points for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii that will take place on October 12, 2013.
Top age-group athletes had the opportunity to claim one of the 50 qualifying spots available for Ironman Hawaii 2013.
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