Great Britain’s Stuart Hayes and the United States’ Alicia Kaye earned the victories at the inaugural Life Time Tri Oceanside, with the United States’ Cameron Dye and Kaye claiming the Life Time Tri Series Championships. Kaye rounded out her impressive pay day by earning the Toyota Triple Crown Series victory by being the athlete with the best combined finishes at Life Time Tri Minneapolis (July 13), Life Time Tri Chicago (Aug. 25), and this Oceanside race.
American Joe Maloy was the first out of the 1.5K swim with a time of 17:47. Dye, Eric Lagerstrom (USA), Hunter Kemper (USA), Barrett Brandon (USA), Hayes and several other athletes followed him closely. Ben Collins (USA), Dye and Hayes all posted impressive bike splits, making for a close race to start the 10K run. Hayes had the best run split of the three at 33:17, giving him the Oceanside victory in 1:48:43. Lagerstrom followed a solid swim and bike with an even better run to finish second 12 seconds later. Dye rounded out the top three just two seconds after Lagerstrom.
The third place finish by Dye gave him enough points to defend his Life Time Tri Series Championship and give him the $50,000 champion’s prize. Hayes (second), Collins (third), Kemper (fourth) and Maloy (fifth) also earned additional prize money due to their final placement in the series’ standings.
American super swimmer Sara McLarty was the first woman into T1 thanks to a dominant swim of 17:45. Lauren Brandon (USA) exited the water at 18:36, with Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) and Kaye following about 30 seconds later. Kaye once again dominated the bike portion, earning the lead to start the 10K run. The other women were too far behind Kaye to have a shot at running her down. Her 36:51 10K rounded her day to give her the 1:58:34 victory. Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen spent the day trying to make up for a slower swim and finished second in 1:59:53. American Lauren Goss had the fastest run of the women (35:38) to earn the final podium spot.
Kaye had the biggest payday of all of the athletes. In addition to the $8,000 she earned for winning the race, she also took home the series’ championship prize of $50,000 and an additional $50,000 as the winner of the Toyota Triple Crown.
Frederiksen (second), Goss (third), McLarty (fourth) and Jillian Petersen (fifth) also took home paychecks for their placements in the series.
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Life Time Tri Oceanside
Oceanside, Calif. – Oct. 20, 2013
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Stuart Hayes (GBR) 1:48:43
2. Eric Lagerstrom (USA) 1:48:55
3. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:48:57
4. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:49:00
5. Ben Collins (USA) 1:49:49
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:58:34
2. Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 1:59:53
3. Lauren Goss (USA) 2:01:41
4. Sara McLarty (USA) 2:02:13
5. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 2:03:19