$400,000 Raised By Runners., Celebrities For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Pennsylvanian Brian Duffy thought he was closing in on his second consecutive victory at the International distance of the South Beach Triathlon when the humid air from morning rain storms over South Florida got the best of him and Oscar Galindez, a 45-year-old Argentinian thriving in the conditions, went sprinting by him.
Galindez caught the 28-year-old Duffy three miles into the 6.1 mile running portion of the race and extended his lead by more than a minute by the time he reached the finish line in 1:55:04.
Lauren Woodring from Bethel Park, PA won the women's International race in a time of 2:14:43. New Yorker Andrew Kalley (1:32:15) and Miamian Stephanie Reinhold (1:46:05) won the shorter Classic Distance races.
But the day's real winners were the kids who will benefit from approximately $400,000 that was raised through the event for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, which is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The South Beach Triathlon has raised almost $2 million for the kids of St. Jude over the past nine years, helping to ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food.
A lineup of sports and entertainment celebrities helped the triathlon make the significant impact for St. Jude. The celebrities included:
- Jason Collins - retired pro basketball player who played 13 seasons in NBA, most recently w/Nets
- Parker Young - best known for Enlisted, Suburgatory, upcoming Family Fortune
- Steven McQueen - best known for Chicago Fire, Vampire Diaries
- Bryan Greenberg - best known for One Tree Hill and October Road
- Claire Holt - best known for The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars and Mean Girls 2
- Scott Eastwood - best known for Gran Rotino, Fury, Invictus
- Jennifer Fletcher - professional triathlete
- Geoff Stults - best known for roles in The Finder and Enlisted, also regular roles in 7th Heaven, October Road and Happy Town
With a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach's Art Deco district, a field of 2,500 athletes started the grueling race produced and presented by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company. They began with a salt-water swim (.93 miles for International competitors and .5 miles for Classic) in the Atlantic waters off Ocean Drive. A bike ride across the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle Causeways (24.25 miles / 20.7 miles) into downtown Miami was next, and the event culminated with a run (6.2 miles / 4 miles) through South Beach and a celebration on the sand.
Galindez passed Duffy midway through the 6.2-mile running portion that wrapped up the race. He is strongest at biking and running, so his strategy was to push himself hard during the .93 mile swim portion so as to not fall too far behind for the final two legs of the triathlon. He left the water in fourth place and pulled into second during the long bike ride.
"I swam as hard as possible and then took advantage of the traffic affecting runners and cyclists," said Galindez. "This year, it was the complete opposite from the last time I was here six years ago. The heat was nonexistent. We even had some slight rainfall."
Duffy, who doesn't get to train in heat or humidity while he is in school in Philadelphia, had a little different opinion of the day's race conditions.
"I think the humidity [had an effect] on me," Duffy said. "There was a nice breeze, but the air is definitely a little thicker. It's part of racing. You just have to deal with it."
Duffy will work in management consulting upon his graduation from Wharton and thinks he might move on from competing in triathlons.
"It's the next chapter in my life," Duffy said. "It's probably going to prevent me from doing triathlons again because of the time involved. This is a hobby for me. I've always made sure I've been doing it for fun. Obviously, I like being competitive, but I do it within the restrictions allowed and make sure it doesn't distract me too much from other priorities in my life."
Woodring, 28, started later than many of the elite triathletes in the field because she ran with her age group rather than with the top contenders, but her time of 2:14.43 was better than anybody else by more than six minutes. New Yorker Hallie Nicoll (2:20:49) was second.
Kalley, 33, beat the competition in the Classic race after recently beating cancer.
Kalley, a triathlon coach for Full Throttle Endurance in New York which brought more than 60 athletes to the race, said the South Beach Triathlon was the first race he felt 100 percent ready for after six months of chemotherapy battling colon cancer and undergoing colorectal surgery. He missed last year's event, but has competed in the race seven times.
"It feels good to be back and racing at this level again," Kalley said. "It meant a lot to me to go and beat that (cancer) and motivate and set the example for other people that either go through cancer or some other health-shattering complications. If your mind and your will is strong, in most cases you can overcome it."
Reinhold, a 31-year-old Jupiter native who now lives in Coconut Grove and is a member of the Alien Racing Team, won the women's Classic race for the first time in five attempts after finishing second last year.
"I felt a lot better running the race," Reinhold said. "Last year was a lot hotter, so the weather helped and the No. 1 thing is having my teammates out there."
Reinhold started later than others on the classic course, but as she passed teammates, they would cheer her on.
As opposed to last year, she ramped up her training for the race and studied who the top competitors were. She knew who she needed to pass and counted off the red bibs as she went along, passing the last one during the run.
"It's amazing how far you can go," Reinhold said. "I didn't start off doing triathlons with any kind of athletic background. It's something that you achieve for yourself."
The South Beach Triathlon was the first of the 11-race Life Time Tri Series that is scheduled across the country through October to provide premier triathlon experiences in beautiful destinations. The Miami area will also play host to the Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon which will be held September 25.
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|SOUTH BEACH TRIATHLON RESULTS|
1. OSCAR GALINDEZ 1:55:04
2. BRIAN DUFFY WEST CHESTER PA 1:56:16
3. YUNIOR ROSETE MIAMI 1:57:36
4. THOMAS GALINDEZ 2:03:35
5. RODRIGO TAVARES MIAMI 2:05:11
6. YACCERI LEAL LOPEZ MIAMI 2:07:19
7. DAN ARLANDSON BURNSVILLE MN 2:07:28
8. ROY LIU MIAMI 2:08:29
9. IGNACIO LOPEZ-MANCISIDOR KEY BISCAYNE 2:08:37
10.DANIEL REYES MIAMI 2:10:18
11.HENRIQUE NICCO MIAMI 2:10:28
12.JOHN CLINE BOSTON 2:10:32
13.KELLEN HOOD CEDAR PARK TX 2:11:17
14.JORGE PALMA MIAMI 2:11:39
15.CHRISTOPHER MILLER BOCA RATON 2:11:57
16.JASON RAMDEEN BOCA RATON 2:12:00
17.EDWARD STERN NEW YORK 2:12:01
18.CLIFFORD DRUSINSKY JUPITER 2:12:07
19.JASON RICHTER BOCA RATON 2:12:12
20.CHRISTIAN MONSANTO GAINESVILLE 2:13:33
1. LAUREN WOODRING BETHEL PARK PA 2:14:43
2. HALLIE NICOLL NEW YORK 2:20:49
3. CARLA MORENO CLERMONT FL 2:21:23
4. KRISTELL ACOSTA MIAMI 2:22:32
5. EMILIE NEY MIAMI BEACH 2:24:38
6. CAITLIN DRAP YORKTOWN HEIGHTS NY 2:26:05
7. ALMA CAMPIANI KEY BISCAYNE 2:26:52
8. JESSICA SANTOS MIAMI 2:27:46
9. JESSICA ROSSING DULUTH MN 2:28:14
10.CAITLIN MOONEY NEW YORK 2:29:04
11.ADRIANA CORREA VALLECILLA FORT LAUDERDALE 2:29:18
12.OLIVIA MALLOY NEW YORK 2:30:31
13.KRISTIN VON HOERDE MIAMI 2:30:36
14.EWELINA PISAREK WARSAW MZ 2:31:02
15.LORENA FARINA TIGRE BUENOS AIRES 2:31:13
16.STACY CREAMER NEW YORK 2:32:06
17.MIRIAM KLEIN MIAMI 2:32:12
18.JEANETTE LEE BROOKFIELD CT 2:32:42
19.MARIANNA CEBRIAN NORTH MIAMI BEACH 2:33:55
20.BETSY CORNELL BROOKLYN 2:34:14
1. ANDREW KALLEY NEW YORK 1:32:15
2. LUKE TUDDENHAM NEW YORK 1:35:17
3. DIXON MCDONALD NEW YORK 1:37:19
4. MIKE FERREIRO MIAMI 1:37:50
5. KERRY SULLIVAN ENGLEWOOD FL 1:37:51
6. PIERS CONSTABLE NEW YORK 1:38:02
7. LUIS POU LONGWOOD FL 1:38:03
8. MICHAEL COLLINS IRVINE CA 1:38:06
9. WILLIAM KELLY CHATHAM NJ 1:38:24
10.LEONARDO SOLORZANO MIAMI 1:38:29
11.SAMUEL JUNIOR MIAMI 1:39:33
12.SAM MARTINI NEW YORK 1:41:37
13.MICHAEL MANDICH MIAMI BEACH 1:41:58
14.NICHOLAS DEMMO IRVINGTON NY 1:42:41
15.FELIPE BENCOSME MIAMI 1:43:06
16.TIM HENRIOT NEW YORK 1:43:39
17.PACO ASPURU MIAMI 1:44:18
18.SCOTT BERLINGER NEW YORK 1:44:28
19.DANIEL LEMOINE MIAMI 1:45:01
20.IAN DOHERTY DONEGAL DL 1:45:11
1. STEPHANIE REINHOLD MIAMI 1:46:05
2. ALEXANDRA MALANINA PHILADELPHIA 1:49:05
3. AUBREY DREKER NEW YORK 1:50:26
4. CRISTINA RAMIREZ MIAMI 1:52:11
5. KALINA PAUNOVSKA MIAMI BEACH 1:52:11
6. VNESSA SOULAVY KEY BISCAYNE 1:54:38
7. DANIELLE MAHAM MIAMI 1:54:55
8. RACHELLE GINSBERG MIAMI 1:55:27
9. ALESSANDRA CASTANHO MIAMI 1:56:25
10.MEGAN TOMPKINS HACKETTSTOWN NJ 1:56:27
11.IVONNE PEDRERO MIAMI 1:56:37
12.CLAUDIA MORENO MIAMI 1:57:22
13.JENNIFER HOYER ROSWELL GA 1:58:08
14.KAREN PHILLIPS GREENWICH 1:58:12
15.NELLY BECERRA MÉXICO CITY 1:58:30
16.LUCY PEARCE PIETERMARITZBURG ZA 1:58:41
17.MARIA AGUDO MIAMI BEACH 1:59:35
18.MARINA RUIZ MIAMI 1:59:49
19.ANN WEBER DOWNINGTOWN PA 2:00:01
20.EMILY NELSON MIAMI 2:00:35