On Saturday May 30 some of the best female triathletes in Canada were a big part of the pro field that answered the starting gun for the 2014 version of Ironman 70.3 Hawaii on the Big Island.
Many professional triathletes from Canada have been doing very well on the professional Ironman circuit and this is especially true of Angela Naeth, Melanie McQuaid, and Magali Tisseyre.
They were up against a half dozen pros from the USA including Bree Wee who has been having an excellent season.
For the pro males it promised to be a battle between defending champion Craig Alexander and Canadian Brent McMahon.
It was McMahon putting down the accelerator early as he was the first out of the water with a swim time of 24:39 for the 1.2-mile portion of the race. Luke Bell was second out of the water and was just six seconds behind the leader.
McMahon continued to build on his lead over the 56-mile bike course and by the time he reached the final transition into the run he had a lead of over five minutes over Craig Alexander who had moved into second place.
It was an excellent race for McMahon and he crossed the finish line over seven minutes ahead of Craig Alexander who finished second. The winning time was 3:59:35.
For the pro women the race unfolded a bit differently.
Christine Hammond of the USA came out of the water first with Canadians Magali Tisseyre and Karen Thibodeau just three seconds behind her.
Before the five mile mark of the 56-mile bike Canadians held down the first four spots.
It was Angela Naeth who proved to be the strongest on the day and she crossed the finish line first to make it a Canadian sweep of the top spot of the podium.
Bree Wee of the USA had an excellent race and ran down three of the Canadians to take second place. Melanie McQuaid took the final spot on the podium for the pro women.
This race will always be known as the final race of Lance Armstrong's professional triathlon career as he was banned from the WTC for taking performance enhancing drugs during the Tour d' France.
His winning time in 2012 was 3:50:55 and a course record that has yet to me beaten.
Be sure to check out IronStruck.com for a look at how the race unfolded and the finish times for the top finishers.