Oceanside, California – Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae kicked off her Ironman 70.3 season with a win at the Oceanside Ironman 70.3. The Australian took the lead in the final two miles of the run, taking the win by ten seconds! The win marks Carfrae’s third consecutive victory at Oceanside.
Carfrae, who took Second
at Ironman New Zealand earlier this year, came to Oceanside as the defending champion and looking for a good result. Going into the run, Carfrae was in sixth place and trailed the leader by nearly five minutes. But Carfrae, known for her running prowess, motored past her competitors, making up 20-30 seconds per mile on the run. She took the lead with less than two miles to go and was able to hold on for the win. Carfrae finished in 4:26:18, including her remarkable half marathon time of 1:18:25.
Also this weekend, fellow Felt triathletes Terenzo Bozzone and Becky Lavelle each took second at the Kemah International Distance Triathlon in Kemah, Texas. The second place was particularly significant for Lavelle who is continuing her return to pro triathlon racing after a year hiatus.