LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The fourth time was the charm for American pro, 38-year-old Kevin Everett as he won the 14th annual Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles today in a time of 1:52:28. Everett, who said today’s bike performance was his secret weapon, came out of the water at Venice Beach more than a minute behind Americans William Jones and Dustin McLarty, but caught them 10 miles into the 24-mile bike segment, and maintained the lead during the 6.2 mile foot race through downtown L.A. Jones finished 2nd with a 1:53:58, and Sean Jefferson was 3rd with 1:54:46. McLarty was the men’s $500 swim preme winner with the fastest time of 19:01 for 0.9 miles.
The women’s winner was Radka Vodickova from the Czech Republic with a 2:03:07, followed by American Heather Jackson, 2:04:12 and Yvonne van Vlerken from the Netherlands. Vodickova’s strength is the swim and she followed her race plan to get the biggest lead possible during that segment, and then hold off attacks from Jackson and van Vlerken on the bike and run courses.
Everett and Vodickova each earned $3,000 for their wins, and Vodickova added $500 as the women’s swim preme winner.
The Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles had more than 2,700 professional, elite and recreational athletes who converged on Venice Beach this morning for Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and a bike-only course, and in downtown for a 5K run. The new SwimStream start process proved highly efficient and competitors were getting on their bikes more than 50 minutes faster than previous L.A. Triathlons when traditional wave starts were used. This opened streets faster than ever with surface streets open into downtown by 10:30 AM. Competitors came from 21 states and 17 countries to compete in the event that is called the Best Destination Triathlon in the country.
- Kevin Everett (USA) 1:52:28
- William Jones (USA) 1:53:58
- Sean Jefferson (USA) 1:54:46
- Chris Foster (USA) 1:54:47
- Andrew Russell (CAN) 1:57:05
- Dustin McLarty (USA) 1:58:02
- Mauro Cavanha (BRA) 2:03:59
- Jim Lubinski (USA) 2:04:38
- Andy Wibowo (IND) 2:10:15
- Radka Vodickova (CZE) 2:03:07
- Heather Jackson (USA) 2:04:12
- Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 2:06:35
- Julie Ertel (USA) 2:10:41
- Daria Pletikapa (CRO) 2:12:50
Complete results are available here.