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With a large percentage of professionals residing in Boulder, Colo., a large contingent showed up for the 2012 5150 Boulder Peak Triathlon. The race also offered an opportunity to earn valuable points toward qualification for the 5150 U.S. Championship at the Hy-Vee Triathlon in September. In the end it was Americans Cameron Dye and Laura Bennett who took the wins on home turf on Sunday.
Dye used his signature race style of staying out front out of the swim and bike and then holding on in the run to take another non-drafting Olympic-distance title. He swam a 17:57, biked a 57:50 (which was only topped by Xterra star Conrad Stoltz) and ran a 35:04 to take the 1:52:44 overall title. American Matty Reed turned in solid all-around times to earn second at 1:56:02. Olympic-bound Kris Gemmell of New Zealand posted the fastest run split of the day (33:25) to earn third.
Bennett, who will represent the United States in London next month, smoked the field on the swim and run and posted a solid bike split to easily earn the victory in 2:06:20. Reigning 70.3 world champ Melissa Hauschildt (formerly Rollison), who said she was doing this race as a training day and was looking to validate her Hy-Vee spot, showed her injuries are coming around by finishing second in 2:07:55. American Olympic-distance specialist Jillian Petersen earned third.
Boulder Peak 5150 Triathlon
Boulder, Colo. – July 8, 2012
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:52:44
2. Matty Reed (USA) 1:56:02
3. Kris Gemmell (NZL) 1:56:23
4. Joseph Lampe (USA) 1:56:44
5. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 1:57:10
1. Laura Bennett (USA) 2:06:20
2. Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 2:07:55
3. Jillian Petersen (USA) 2:13:27
4. Amanda Lovato (USA) 2:14:12
5. Jennifer Tetrick (USA) 2:16:16