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Sunday in Oceanside featured several opportunities for professionals to walk away with prize money, with the Life Time Tri Series, Toyota Triple Crown and Oceanside race titles all on the line. Americans Joe Maloy and Alicia Kaye claimed the Life Time Tri Oceanside victories against tough fields featuring several Olympians. American Ben Collins finished fourth to claim the Toyota Triple Crown title. And finally, Kaye and American Cameron Dye repeated as Life Time Tri Series Champions. Overall, a total of $450,000 was handed out at the awards ceremony following the race. Check back to Triathlete.com for an overall recap of the series and Toyota Triple Crown.
American Tommy Zafares led the men out of the water in a time of 16:39, gaining an advantage over Dye (17:15), Maloy (17:16), American Davide Giardini (17:18), Spain’s Javier Gomez (17:19), the United States’ Eric Lagerstrom (17:20), Collins (17:22), the United States’ Hunter Kemper (17:23), the United States’ Barrett Brandon (17:24) and the United States’ Matthew Wisthoff (17:26). Dye turned in the fastest bike split of the day (54:09), with Australia’s Luke McKenzie (54:26) and Collins (55:21) posting the next-fastest bike times. Ultimately it was Maloy’s race-best 31:01 10K that gave him the victory against the stellar field in 1:45:48. Kemper had the second-fastest run split (31:26) to finish second, with Dye using a 33:38 run to hang on for third at 1:46:18 and earn the overall Life Time Tri Series victory. Collins’ fourth-place finish meant that he narrowly missed out on the overall series title, but he did grab the $50,000 Toyota Triple Crown bonus.
American Lauren Brandon was the first woman into T1 thanks to a swim time of 17:56. Sara McLarty (USA) was second out of the water in 18:14, with American Katie Hursey (18:17), Kaye (18:19), Canadian Paula Findlay (18:20) and American Sarah Haskins (18:23) as the closest chasers. Kaye and Haskins both turned in their signature strong bike rides, with Kaye finding the front of the race thanks to a 59:34 bike split. She backed that up with a strong 37:26 10K to earn the Oceanside win at 1:56:51 and repeat as Life Time Tri Series champion. Findlay turned in the best run split for the women in 35:54 to finish second at 1:57:58. Haskins, who has spent much of her 2014 season dealing with injury, rounded out the top three.
Life Time Tri Oceanside
Oceanside, Calif. – Oct. 26, 2014
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Joe Maloy (USA) 1:45:48
2. Hunter Kemper (USA) 1:46:05
3. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:46:18
4. Ben Collins (USA) 1:46:23
5. Tommy Zafares (USA) 1:46:50
1. Alicia Kaye (USA) 1:56:51
2. Paula Findlay (CAN) 1:57:58
3. Sarah Haskins (USA) 2:01:18
4. Katie Hursey (USA) 201:29
5. Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2:02:08