Ironman 70.3 Muskoka recap

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They couldn’t have asked for a better day. After a string of high temperatures in preceding days, Huntsville’s heat wave broke slightly on July 6 to give Ironman 70.3 Muskoka athletes some pleasant weather for racing.

The event, which started and ended in the area surrounding the Canada Summit Centre, consisted of a 1.2-mile (1.9-km) swim in Fairy Lake and the Muskoka River, a 56-mile (90-km) bike down Brunel Road and out Hwy 117 to near Dorset and back, and a 13.1-mile (21-km) run down Main Street and along Aspdin and Old Ferguson Roads and back for a total distance of 70.3 miles (113 km). It’s the third year the race has been based at the Canada Summit Centre—it had previously been held at Deerhurst Resort—and featured a new race route this year.

The top male finisher was Nick Cosman from Kingston ON, finishing in 4:01:42. The top female finisher was Miranda Tomenson from Toronto with a time of 4:43:05.

The top male and female finishers from Huntsville were Jon Morton with a time of 4:28:34 and Jessica Adam in 5:09:27.

Jon Morton (above left) and Jessica Adam (above right) were the top local male and female finishers from Huntsville (photos by Don McCormick)

The race offers 40 qualifying slots to the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand.

See full results here.

These were some of the local triathletes participating in the race (photos by Don McCormick):

(Clockwise from top left) Catherine Zacal, Allan Bruce, Erin Roebuck, Roger Penney and Mark Sinnige

If you didn’t catch part of the event, here’s a snapshot of the day (photos by Cheyenne Wood except where noted):

Volunteers are ready to mark racer numbers Photo by Don McCormick

Volunteers are ready to mark racer numbers (Photo by Don McCormick)

The duathlon athletes start their race

The duathlon athletes start their race

It was a beautiful morning for a swim

It was a beautiful morning for a swim

Swimmers exited the water near Albertos Salon

Swimmers exited the water near Albertos Salon

Volunteers helped strip wetsuits from the athletes

Volunteers helped strip wetsuits from the athletes

Ryan Van Praet (left) from Chatham ON is legally blind and races with a guide

Ryan Van Praet (left) from Chatham ON is legally blind and races with a guide

Bikes await their athletes in the transition area

Bikes await their athletes in the transition area

Local triathlete Jon Morton would finish 18 overall

Local triathlete Jon Morton would finish 18 overall

The new run route took racers along Main Street and out to the west of town

The new run route took racers along Main Street and out to the west of town

One racer commented on the @immuskoka703 Instagram account that "Those were seriously some the most efficient and well staffed aid stations that I’ve encountered in a race. A huge thanks to all the awesome volunteers!!"

One racer commented on the @immuskoka703 Instagram account that “Those were seriously some the most efficient and well staffed aid stations that I’ve encountered in a race. A huge thanks to all the awesome volunteers!!”

Now that's motivation!

Now that’s motivation!

Showing some international pride at the finish line

Showing some international pride at the finish line

A different kind of photo finish: it's an accomplishment worth documenting

A different kind of photo finish: it’s an accomplishment worth documenting

Finishers watch their peers cross the finish line

Finishers watch their peers cross the finish line

 

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the shout out! The volunteers made the event, they were so caring: “can I get you anything else?” They took great pride in ensuring the athletes had their best race. Thank you many times over!

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