Win at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico
used with permission of Paul Phillips | Competitive Image
Timothy O'Donnell built upon the successes of his 2015 season and strong winter training program to score a decisive win at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico. O'Donnell was tied for the lead coming out of the 1.2 mile swim in 24:15, clocked 2:04:54 for the 56 mile bike split, and finished with a race-best run of 1:17:47 over the 13.1 mile run course. He crossed the finish line in 3:50:51, a 3:30 lead over second-place Leon Griffin (AUS). Cam Dye (USA) was third.
"I'm honored and excited to kick off the season with a win in San Juan! The first race of the season is always a shot in the dark, so to speak, especially when competing against so many high caliber athletes. I was fortunate to have one of those days where everything clicked and can't wait to build off this momentum for the rest of the year."
His 2016 win marks O'Donnell's third win at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico. His previous victories came in 2011 and 2012. He returned again this year saying, "there is a reason I keep coming back to IROMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico, it's a beautiful place with an amazing event staff, volunteer teams, and fans. They make this race special for me and with out them and the fantastic support of my partners, none of this would be possible!"
The next race for O'Donnell Is St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida on April 24.