As he did at his breakout race at in 2007, TJ Tollakson ripped through the flat-and-fast Eagleman bike course to take today’s title ahead of Aussie Richie Cunningham.
Tollakson exited the water 40 seconds behind early leader John Kenny, but it wasn’t long before the 2007 champ took the lead and no one was able to match his pace. Tollakson clocked a day’s-best 2:03:41 ride to take a lead of over four minutes into transition. Next to make the switch from bike to run were Kiwis James Bowstead and Terenzo Bozzone, Russia’s Stanislav Krylov and American Matty Reed.
Tollakson left no doubt on the run, holding off the field with a 1:22:28 run to break the tape in 3:54:39. It was a far cry from his record-breaking 3:46:28 finish in 2007, but today’s warm temperatures and winds definitely slowed everyone’s race. Cunningham posted the best run of the day (1:16:56) to finish second, with Krylov rounding out the podium 30 seconds behind the Aussie.
Top 5 Men’s Results
1. TJ Tollakson (USA) 3:54:39
2. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:57:43
3. Stanislav Krylov (RUS) 3:58:13
4. Matty Reed (USA) 3:59:42
5. James Bowstead (NZL) 4:00:27
In the women’s race 2009 Eagleman champ Mirinda Carfrae reclaimed her title, blazing through the run in 1:21:39 to finish almost six minutes ahead of runner-up Tyler Stewart. It’s interesting to note that Carfrae outran Tollakson by 49 seconds.
In typical fashion, Stewart was strong on the bike (2:19:33), but it was on the run where she made a big move, passing swim leader Amanda Stevens, Tenille Hoogland and Samantha Warriner to claim second. Warriner, who won Ironman New Zealand this March, rounded out the podium.
Top 5 Women’s Results
1. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:15:31
2. Tyler Stewart (USA) 4:21:28
3. Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:23:02
4. Tenille Hoogland (CAN) 4:23:38
5. Amanda Stevens (USA) 4:23:56