Race Roundup: IM California, Pan Am Valparaiso, Dry Creek Half Marathon

Awesome in Oceanside

Felipe Loureiro (pictured here), of Breakaway Training and Natural Running Certified Coach competed at last weekend’s Rohto Ironman 70.3 California, in Oceanside, California, placing 12 in his division.


Huffman Scores 14th in Valparaiso

Globetrotting riathlete William Huffman just finished a successful trip to Chile during which he placed 14th at the Valparaiso Premium Pan American Cup Triathlon.

The course in the coastal city of Valparaiso presented a very challenge bike course, rough open-water swim and a very hilly run course. “The week before the race, I spent long hours studying the nuances of the course and was able to identify some game changing factors on the swim and bike courses,” says Huffman.

Huffman had a strong swim start in a large main pack of swimmers, and exited the water in 8th position, but a tight wetsuit momentarily slowed his transition onto the bike.

“I absolutely loved the bike portion and thrived on the steep hills,” says Huffman. “By the second lap of 8, a lead pack of about 25 athletes had formed and I was able to open up significant gaps on the steep and technical descent of each lap.”

During the run, Huffman turned in a 34:33  for 10k, which included a 15-second penalty for misplacing his helmet in T2. He finished with a total time of 1:53:08 for 14th place.

Huffman is now ranked 238th in the world and 20th in the United States in the ITU rankings, with many more races to come this season.

Dry Creek Half Marathon Not So Dry

Newton athlete Rachel Cieslwicz was in Idaho on Saturday for the Dry Creek Half Marathon, another stop on the La Sportiva Mountain Cup circuit.

Cieslwicz fought muddy, slippery conditions to place fifth woman on a difficult course against tough competition. “I felt like I was running on butter!” she says. If I race in conditions like that again, I will need to put little screws into my Newtons for traction. The good thing is I worked really hard at the last race which will leave me that much more fit,” she says.

Read her race recap on her blog, New Age Athlete.