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Cunningham, Carfrae Take Rev3 Quassy Titles

In two close races in Connecticut, Australians Richie Cunningham and Mirinda Carfrae posted fast run splits to take the Rev3 Quassy wins.

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Richie Cunningham and Mirinda Carfrae win the fourth edition of Rev3 Quassy.

The Northeast had a big race day on June 3 with 70.3 Mooseman in New Hampshire and Rev3 Quassy in Middlebury, Conn. The pros came out in full force for a chance at Rev3’s enormous $125,000 prize purse, with $17,500 of that going to the male and female winners.

On the men’s side, defending champ James Cunnama of South Africa returned to race against a stacked field that included Matt Reed, Richie Cunningham, Joe Gambles and even former Ironman world champ Tim DeBoom. On the women’s side, 2010 Kona champ Mirinda Carfrae toed the line with recent Wildflower Champ, Heather Jackson, as well as Kelly Williamson, Angela Naeth, Heather Wurtele and Malaika Homo.

Men’s Race

Matty Reed led the swim and hung onto the bike lead until about mile 13, where Paul Matthews took the top spot. But neither athlete was far ahead of a large pack of contenders including Cunnama, Gambles and Cunningham. At mile 25, DeBoom got a one-minute stand-down penalty for failing to heed to the stagger rule. Matthews, Gambles, Cunningham and Cunnama all came off of the bike close together, leaving this race to the day’s best runner. Cunningham proved to be that athlete today, running his way to the 2012 Rev3 Quassy title in 4:00:32 in an incredibly close finish. Cunnama crossed the line in second just 14 seconds later, while Gambles kicked it in for third.

Women’s Race

Laurel Wassner and Williamson came out of the water close together with Homo, Wurtele and Carfrae all one to two minutes behind. Wurtele quickly rode her way to the front of the pack, but the other women followed closely. Wurtele led the women into the run, but the other women wouldn’t let her get away. Carfrae wanted that win badly, and had the legs to get it, running her way to first place in 4:27:42, just 17 seconds ahead of Wurtele. Angela Naeth came in third.

Rev3 Quassy
Middlebury, Conn. – June 3, 2012
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run

1. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 4:00:32
2. James Cunnama (RSA) 4:00:46
3. Joe Gambles (AUS) 4:01:02
4. Jesse Thomas (USA) 4:03:25
5. Paul Matthews (AUS) 4:05:01

1. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:27:42
2. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:27:59
3. Angela Naeth (CAN) 4:28:24
4. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:34:08
5. Laurel Wassner (USA) 4:36:18

Complete results here.

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