Race Coverage

STATINS IN THE GOODIE BAGS...

libertyTwas a moody day at Lake Independence, intermittently chilly, breezy and rainy, though never harsh enough to make for miserable racing no nameconditions. A sullen, not angry day. The conditions didn't slow down the men's podium finishers in the half, as each turned in satisfying efforts. Josh Riff's 4:16:13 led the way. He was followed by Steve Sander (4:24:40) and an elated Todd Landgraff, whose 4:25:31 was a nine minute improvement on his previous PR. For Sander, it was his 3rd consecutive runner-up effort of the season; he also placed 2nd at COLT and Buffalo Olympic. The win broke Riff's string of 4ths--Gear West and Apple.

The absence of pre-race faves Marlo McGaver and Karen Rosehart, each of whom have won this race twice, allowed Illinois' MJ Slikas to bask in the winner's spotlight. Slikas, who was the top master and 15th woman overall (10:46:46) at Ironman Louisville last year, posted a 4:54:47, a masters record..

and the 2nd fastest women's time in the five year history of this event. Second was claimed by Jen Lenarz, whose 5:03:03 was a 25 second improvement on her PB

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