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Bay State Native Snow Wins Amica Ironman 70.3 RI

Ambrose and
Snow capture titles at 2012
Amica IRONMAN 70.3 Rhode Island

 

PROVIDENCE, RI
(July 8, 2012)
‰ÛÒ Paul Ambrose (AUS) and Caitlin Snow (USA)
won the 2012 Amica IRONMAN 70.3 Rhode Island today, crossing the
finish line at
the State House
in 3:54:29 and 4:32:50, respectively. Ambrose,
28, and
Brockton, MA native Snow, 30, were among more than 1,100
athletes ranging in
age from 18 to 75 who competed in the fifth annual event.

 

Ambrose is no
stranger to the Amica IRONMAN
70.3 RI.  He has been a
fixture at this
race four of the last five years, finishing in the top three on
three previous
occasions, including runner-up
in 2011. Today he recorded his
first victory at
the Rhode Island event.

 

‰ÛÏFinally, I got
the win,‰Û beamed Ambrose.
‰ÛÏThis is my favorite race.  The
course is
beautiful. I felt great out there and I am happy to finally get
the win Rhode
Island,‰Û said Ambrose. ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm thrilled.‰Û

 

Snow, who grew
up just 45 minutes away,
had a large support system of friends and family in attendance.
Several family
members, including her mom, also competed today.

 

‰ÛÏThis is a local
race for me, which was
awesome. So many of my friends and family members got to come
and cheer for me
today,‰Û said Snow. ‰ÛÏI loved it.‰Û

 

Robert
Straznitskas of Tiverton was the
top Rhode Island finisher today with a time of 4:48:11.

 

Hundreds of
spectators roared as the
athletes began their 1.2-mile swim in 82.5 degree Olney Pond in
Lincoln Woods. Ambrose
and Kevin Collington (USA) came out of the water side by side.

 

Ambrose, the
2011 Amica IRONMAN 70.3 RI
runner-up, took a commanding lead through the 56-mile bike
course, averaging
just under 26 miles an hour. Ambrose, who captured the 2012
IRONMAN Australia,
powered through the bike and entered into T2 with a 10-minute
lead. Ambrose
powered through 13.1-mile run and never looked back. He ran a
1:18:06 run-split
on his way to the Amica IRONMAN 70.3 RI title.

 

Top five
professional men‰Ûªs results:

 

1.    
Paul
Ambrose                            AUS                3:54:29

2.    
Maxim
Kriat                             
URK                4:05:03

3.    
Mike
Caiazzo                           
USA                 4:07:14

4.    
Jozsef
Major                            
HUN               4:08:53

5.    
Chris
Bagg                         
    USA                4:11:46

 

After swimming
with the lead male
contenders, Dede Griesbauer (USA), who hails from nearby Boston,
MA, exited the
water first and led a solid pack of female professionals,
including Nina Kraft (GER)
and Snow (USA) into T1. Griesbauer, in her first race back after
suffering six
broken bones in a crash while competing in an Ironman in Germany
exactly one
year ago today, held a five-minute lead over Snow into T2. Snow,
known for her
running abilities, made her move nine miles into the run and
never relinquished
the lead. The top female runner in the sport, Snow captured
title with a time
of 4:32:50.

 

‰ÛÏI was six or
seven minutes back going
into T2.‰Û said Snow. ‰ÛÏThe run is definitely my strength. I am
pretty confident
in my run and knew I had a chance to pull ahead and win, but I‰Ûªm
never 100
percent comfortable until I cross the finish.‰Û

 

Top five
professional women‰Ûªs results:

 

1.    
Caitlin
Snow             
           
USA                
4:32:50

2.    
Annie
Gervais                        CAN                4:40:43

3.    
Miranda
Tomenson-Bhar       CAN                4:40:58

4.    
Dede
Griesbauer              USA               4:41:09

5.    
Nina
Kraft                             GER           4:43:04

 

The 2012 Amica
IRONMAN 70.3 Rhode Island
is one of 60 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series. The
course included the
swim in Olney Pond in Lincoln Woods, followed by a scenic
56-mile bike course
through the northwestern part of Rhode Island, using some of
the area‰Ûªs popular
bike routes and quiet farm roads that pass by many small
ponds and reservoirs.
The
two-loop,
half-marathon run course led athletes through the historic
East Side of
Providence, through the Brown University campus and downtown
Providence’s
business district. The race finished against a backdrop of
the Rhode Island
State Capitol Building and the Providence Place Mall.

 

Visit www.ironmanrhodeisland.com for event
information and official
results

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