Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 27, 2011
On a beautiful day in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park with ideal conditions for racing, Andy Potts and Rebeccah Wassner held off a strong pro field to take the wins and set new course records at the 7th Annual Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon.
In the men’s race, Potts was out of the water first with Cameron Dye about 5 seconds behind. Dye took a small lead on the bike and entered T2 about 10 seconds before Potts, with Matt Reed and Greg Bennett over a minute behind. Potts was able to overtake Dye and pull away for the win. Both Reed and Bennett were able to do the same, with Reed edging Bennett for second place in a sprint to the finish and Bennett taking third. Dye finished just off the podium in fourth. With the win, Potts also set a new PHLYTRI course record in a time of 1:46:05.
In the women’s race, it was Sara McLarty who was first out of the water with a 1:45 lead over Amanda Stevens; Rebeccah Wassner and Alicia Kaye were more than 2 minutes behind. Wassner and Kaye were able to catch up to McLarty and they all entered T2 together. Wassner was able to pull away with a strong run for the win. Kaye finished in second and Laurel Wassner, with a strong bike and run was able to join her sister on the podium in third. The win is Wasssner’s fourth career win at the PHLYTRI and she also set a new PHLYTRI course record with a time of 1:59:36.
The pro field battled for the event’s $40,000 purse with Potts and Wassner each taking home a $10,000 first place prize. In addition to the cash prizes, Potts and Wassner each earned additional points in the Life Time Triathlon Series’ biggest event, the Race to the Toyota Cup. With the win, Potts adds to his series lead with his second win in the Race to the Toyota Cup. With her second place finish at PHLYTRI, Alicia Kaye now leads a very close women’s Race to the Toyota Cup.
The Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon is one of the top triathlons in the U.S. Founded in 2005, the race has grown from a one day event into a weekend triathlon festival with three days of competition and activities.
Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Distance Race - June 26, 2011
Men's Pro Results
1 Andy Potts 1:46:05
2 Matt Reed 1:46:47
3 Greg Bennett 1:46:48
4 Cameron Dye 1:48:23
5 Chris Foster 1:49:32
Women's Pro Results
1 Rebeccah Wassner 1:59:36
2 Alicia Kaye 2:00:06
3 Laurel Wassner 2:00:17
4 Nicole Kelleher 2:01:59
5 Lindsay Jerdonik 2:02:10
About Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC is a leading multi-sport race production and management company. Based in Wayne, PA, Philadelphia Triathlon owns and produces the highly-regarded Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon -- named a top triathlon in the U.S. by Outside Magazine and Inside Triathlon Magazine; the SheRox Triathlon Series – the fastest growing women’s triathlon series in the country; and Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains -- one of the newest Ironman 70.3 races in the global Ironman Series. Known for producing high quality races, Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC also provides management and race operation services for additional endurance sporting events. For more information, please visit http://www.PhillyTri.com.
About the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to Toyota Cup
Since 2006, the Life Time Triathlon Series has connected some of the most prominent international-distance triathlon events in the United States. Throughout the Series, the world’s top professional triathletes battle for points and a chance to win the coveted Toyota Cup. In 2011, the Series consists of seven events, including: the April 10 Nautica South Beach Triathlon (Miami); the May 30 Capital of Texas Triathlon (Austin); the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon June 26; the July 9 Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon; the Life Time Chicago Triathlon August 28; the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon September 25; and the October 2 Toyota U.S. Open Championship (Dallas). For more information on the Life Time Triathlon Series and the Race to the Toyota Cup visit http://www.racetothetoyotacup.com.