While Annie McGee was competing in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships over the weekend, Michael Braun was capturing 3rd overall and Ami Hileman was winning her age group.
McGee, who qualified for Worlds by virtue of her performance at the Des Moines 70.3 earlier this year, faced a difficult challenge at St. George, Utah. Racers were prepared for very hilly run and bike courses, but they had to perform in a steady rain and, at one point, hail, as well.
She finished 80th in her age group (there were over 3,400 competitors) at 5:52:30.. She did the swim in 32:58, the bike in 3:12:24 and the run in 1:58:17.
At Champaign, Braun, who had one the overall title at two races earlier in the season, was coming off a 200k-run even the previous weekend. He posted a 1:04:24 on the flat course, which consisted of 300-meter pool swim, 14-mile bike, and a 3.1-mile run through the University of Illinois campus. Braun did the swim in 5:27 (the time includes a lengthy run to the transition area), the bike in 44:09, and the run in 18:52.
Hileman won the women’s 55-59 division with a time of 1:30:29, while Nancy Braun was third in the same age group at 1:45:08.
Also racing for the Reapers were: Tim Auth, who finished 3rd in 50-54 at 1:20:48; Dan Wolfe, 7th in 55-59 at 1:31:47; and Racheal Chiolero, 4th in 40-44 at 1:32:04.