NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ben Collins (of Seattle, WA) won the male professional division in 1:43.25 and Alicia Kaye (of Clermont, FL) won the female professional division in 1:54.52 at today’s 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon. Nearly 4,000 pro, elite, amateur and physically challenged athletes competed in the event, produced and presented by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM (NYSE: LTM).
In the male professional division, Kaleb Vanort (of Mishawaka, IN) finished second with a time of 1:44.05, followed by third-place finisher Chris Foster (of Redondo Beach, CA) with a time of 1:45.14. In the female professional division, Radka Vodickova (of Orlando, FL) finished second with a time of 1:59.16, while Jillian Petersen (of St. Louis, MO) finished third with a time of 2:01.19. 32 professional triathletes participated in the event which offered a $30,000 prize purse.
Participants swam 1.5 kilometers (.9321 miles) in the Hudson River, biked 40 kilometers (24.85 miles) on the Henry Hudson Parkway, and ran 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in Central Park. For the third year in a row, the Accenture Challenged Athletes International Championship was held during the race and a prize purse of $7,500 was awarded to the top physically challenged triathletes. The Triathlon also hosted the Animal Medical Center 5-Mile Doggy Dash with dogs and their humans vying to be the first to cross the finish line in Central Park.
The Panasonic New York City Triathlon is part of the 2014 Life Time Tri Series, which includes 12 triathlons across the country between May and October. The race also marks the second event in the Toyota Triple Crown Series, which will award $50,000 to the top professional female or male triathlete competing in Life Time Tri Minneapolis, the Panasonic New York City Triathlon and Life Time Tri Oceanside. The Toyota Triple Crown winner will be declared at Life Time Tri Oceanside in October, using an ‘equalizer’ time handicap in which men start behind women allowing each gender an equal chance of winning.
For complete results from the Panasonic New York City Triathlon visit www.nyctri.com. For more information and updates on the Life Time Tri series, visit lifetimetri.com, “Like” the Life Time Tri Facebook page or follow @lifetimetri on Twitter.
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Swim start photo:
Athletes enter the Hudson River for the start of the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon on Sunday, August 3 in New York, NY. 4,000 pro, elite, amateur, and first-time triathletes competed in the race produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Photo credit: MarathonFoto
Male winner photo:
Ben Collins, of Seattle, WA, crosses the finish line as the winner of the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon with a time of 1:43.25, August 3 in New York, NY. 4,000 pro, elite, amateur, and first-time triathletes competed in the race produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Photo credit: MarathonFoto
Female winner photo:
Alicia Kaye, of Clermont, FL, was the first female finisher of the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon with a time of 1:54.52 August 3 in New York, NY. 4,000 pro, elite, amateur, and first-time triathletes competed in the race produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Photo credit: MarathonFoto
Doggy Dash photo:
Murdock, a 4-year old West Highland White Terrier, crosses the finish line with owner Eric Morse, winning the 7th Annual 5-mile Animal Medical Center Doggy Dash, part of the 2014 Panasonic New York City Triathlon, August 3 in New York, NY. The race was produced by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company. Photo credit: MarathonFoto
About the Panasonic New York City Triathlon
The Panasonic New York City Triathlon is part of the 2014 Life Time Tri Series, which includes 12 triathlons across the country between May and October including: South Beach, CapTex, Trinona, Minneapolis, Maple Grove, Chicago, Tempe, Escape to Miami, and Soma. The Panasonic New York City Tri is also part of The Toyota Triple Crown Series, along with Life Time Tri Minneapolis and Life Time Tri Oceanside. The Series awards $50,000 to the top professional female or male triathlete who competes in all three Toyota Triple Crown events. The Toyota Triple Crown winner is declared at Life Time Tri Oceanside on October 26, using an ‘equalizer’ time handicap in which men start behind women allowing each gender an equal chance of winning.
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