NEW YORK, July 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Cameron Dye of Boulder, CO won the male professional division in 1:48:31 and Sarah Haskins-Kortuem of Eureka, MO won the female professional division in 1:57:59 at today's 2016 Panasonic New York City Triathlon. 4,000 Pros, ParaTriathletes (physically challenged) and Age Group athletes competed in the event, produced and presented by Life TimeSM – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Tens of thousands of spectators cheered on the athletes throughout the course.
In the male professional division, Ben Collins of Seattle finished second with a time of 1:50:42, followed by third-place finisher Spenser Popeson of Brooklyn, NY with a time of 1:52:21. In the female professional division, Helle Frederiksen of Clermont, FL finished second with a time of 1:58:23, while Erin Jones of Colorado Springs, CO finished third with a time of 2:03:56. 13 professional triathletes participated in the event which offered a $30,000 prize purse.
The participants swam 1.5-kilometers (.93 miles) in the Hudson River, biked 40-kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway. The professional athletes completed a full 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) run in Central Park. Because of scorching temperatures, the rest of the competition field ran a modified 8-kilometer (4.97 mile) course.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship was held during the race and a prize purse of $7,500 was awarded to the top five physically challenged triathletes. Willie Stewart of Boise, ID was the male champion and Elizabeth McTernan of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom was the female champion.
The Triathlon also hosted the 9th annual 5-mile Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash with dogs and their humans vying to be the first to cross the finish line in Central Park.
The Panasonic New York City Triathlon, the only international distance triathlon in New York City, is part of the 2016 Life Time Tri Series, which includes 11 triathlons across the country between April and September.
About the Panasonic New York City Triathlon The Panasonic New York City Triathlon, the only Olympic-distance triathlon in New York City, is part of the 2016 Life Time Tri Series, which includes 11 triathlons across the country between April and September including: Minneapolis, Boulder Peak, Chicago, Tempe, South Beach, Marquee and CapTex. In its inaugural year, 683 people signed up for the race, today it is one of the most in-demand triathlons in America.
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