On Sunday April 6 a strong field of pro triathletes took part in Ironman 70.3 Texas 2014 in the Woodlands.
As Ironman 70.3 races go, it was a very large field of pro triathletes and it made for an interesting race as there were no clear-cut favorites.
It was Brent McMahon coming out of the swim first alongside Brandon Marsh.
Richie Cunningham was in third place and one minute behind the two leaders as they made their way into the swim/bike transition area.
McMahon surged to the front on the 56-mile bike course and had a lead of just over a minute at the half-way point.
Brandon Marsh still clung to second place but was being challenged by Leon Griffin and Jeff Symonds who were just 30 seconds behind him.
Brent McMahon took a lead onto the run course and reached the five mile mark with a one minute cushion over Brandon Marsh who was in second. Richie Cunningham was in third place, 30 seconds back of Marsh.
By the nine mile mark it was Brandon Marsh with the lead with Richie Cunningham set to make the pass, but with just two miles left to run Marsh was still hanging tough and it came down to the last mile.
It was Cunningham who had the most left and he is the winner of Ironman 70.3 Texas 2014.
For the pro women it quickly became the Emma Kate Lidbury and Amy Marsh show for much of the race.
They were at the front in the swim and were in front of third place Sofie Goos by two minutes at the 28 mile mark of the bike.
Amy Marsh proved to be the strongest on the bike and had a 90 second lead as the pro women began the 13.1 mile run.
At the six mile mark Marsh had a lead of two minutes over Sofie Goos of Belgium who had moved into second place. Emma Kate Lidbury fell back into third.
At press time Sofie Goos had made a charge and moved into second place.
Visit IronStruck.com for a race recap and the finish times for top pro and age-group finishers.