Britain’s Leanda Cave captured a win at the 2010 Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida, which took place today at Walt Disney World Resort’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds. Cave crossed the line in 4:14:22. Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida offered a $30,000 professional prize purse and 75 slots to the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, Presented by Ford, taking place on November 13 in one of the world’s top beach destinations, Clearwater, Fla.
Cave also saw competition with a strong women’s field including multiple-Ironman champion Nina Kraft and American Kim Loeffler. Sara McLarty was first out of the water and although she entered T2 in the lead, she was quickly overtaken by American Amanda Stevens. Soon after, Cave pushed to the front, where she stayed until the finish. Her 1:26:29 half marathon allowed her to best her 2009 winning time to set a new course record.
Top five professional women’s results are as follows:
Participants in today’s event ranged in age from 19 to 72 years old and represented nearly all 50 states and more than 30 countries, including approximately 840 athletes from the state of Florida. A variety of inspirational athletes raced, to include three injured military personnel and first responders as part of Team Operation Rebound Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida. Charlie Plaskon, of Moriches, NY, a visually impaired athlete who has participated in the event every year since its inception, finished in 6:20:08.
Rohto Ironman 70.3 Florida, with more than 2,200 competitors at the start line, saw clear conditions at the start and water temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Finishers were greeted with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to high 80s.