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Tollakson and Carfrae win 2011 Subaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan

Posted Jun 13 2011 6:55am

IMG_2128 Cambridge, Md. – Over 2,000 endurance athletes participated today in the 16th Subaru Ironnan 70.3 EagleMan produced by TriColumbia.  31 year-old professional triathlete, T.J. Tollakson from Des Moines, Iowa won the race with a time of 3:54:39.  This was Tollakson’s second EagleMan victory, as he also won the race in 2007.  30 year-old World Champion triathlete, Mirinda Carfrae was the top female with a time of 4:15:31.  Carfrae is an Australian native now residing in Boulder, Colo.  The Subaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run that starts and finishes in Cambridge, Md.’s Great Marsh Park.

The top eight professional triathletes were competing for a $50,000 total prize purse for both the men’s and women’s divisions.  The winners each took home a cash prize of $8,500.  After Tollakson, rounding out the top eight men were: 2) Richie Cunningham (Austin, Texas) – time: 3:57:43, prize: $5,500. 3) Stanislav Krylov (Clermont, Fla) – time: 3:58:13, prize: $3,500. 4) Matty Reed (Boulder, Colo..) – time: 3:59:42, prize: $2,500. 5) James Bowstead (Auckland, New Zealand) – time: 4:00:27, prize: $2,000. 6) Mike Caiazzo (Westbrook, Maine) - time: 4:00:30, prize: $1,500. 7) James Cotter (Austin, Texas) – time: 4:02:19, prize: $1,000 8) Kyle Pawlaczyk (Orchard Park, NY) – time: 4:06:13, prize: $500.

“It's great to be back and winning,” said Tollakson.   “Hot as can be...the volunteers are great.  EagleMan will always be special to me since this is where I had the first big win of my career.”

After Carfrae, the top female professional finishers taking home cash prizes were: 2) Tyler Stewart (Novato, Calif.) – time: 4:21:28, prize: $$5,500 3) Samantha Warriner (Whangarei, New Zealand) – time: 4:23:02, prize: $3,500 4) Tenille Hoogland (Austin, Texas) – time: 4:23:38, prize: $2,500 5) Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – time: 4:23:56, prize: $2,000 6) Kristin Andrews (Chevy Chase, Md.) – time: 4:32:10, prize: $1,500. 7) Desiree Ficker (Austin, Texas) – time: 4:33:33, prize: $1,000. 8) Annie Gervais (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada) – time: 4:33:43, prize: $500.

Carfrae said post-race, “I’m excited to win.  Thanks to TriColumbia for putting together an amazing race.  This is always a first class event that I enjoy coming back to.”

IMG_2048 TriColumbia founder and president, Robert Vigortio said, “We had another wonderful EagleMan 70.3 today and it was exciting to see so many participants of all levels and backgrounds competing.  Congratulations to TJ and Mirinda for their winning efforts.   We are also thankful to Subaru and our other sponsors, volunteers and the city of Cambridge for hosting another great event.”

The Subaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is the largest 70.3 event in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the country.  Almost every state was represented in the race, as well as 11 countries including Australia, Russia and New Zealand.  28 participants qualified for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on Oct. 8.  50 participants qualified for the Ironman 70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas on Sept. 11.  The complete list of qualifiers will be announced on Tuesday, June 14.

In addition to the EagleMan 70.3, the EagleMan USATMA Championship AquaVelo ran concurrently and consisted of a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike.  41 year-old Frank Fisher from Greenville, N.C. was the men’s champion finishing with at time of 2:52:33.  47 year-old, Lisa Shaffer from Wexford, Pa. won the female championship with at time of 3:19:17.

TriColumbia is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit and the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company providing an array of events for all ability levels across the triathlon/multisport continuum.  Founded by current president, race director and 6-time Ironman Kona finisher, Robert Vigorito in 1983, the organization makes a difference for participating athletes by providing superior events and memories to last a lifetime, but also gives back to the community by supporting many local and regional charities, which provide a full spectrum of support for citizens in need.

Photo Credit: ASI Photography

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