The first Ironman 70.3 took place on 10th November at Club La Santa, Lanzarote. This race is half the length of the main Ironman Lanzarote that takes place in May each year, but this shorter event promises to be a real success.
The men’s event was won by the Spaniard Iván Raña in an overall time of 4 hours and 7 minutes, while the women’ s race was won by Danne Boterenbrood from the Netherlands in a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes.
The field was truly international, with triathletes from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Belgium finishing in the top 10. Belgian Bert Jammaer finished 6th in the men’s race, and is no stranger to success in Lanzarote Ironman events – he won the full distance Ironman event in 2008 and 2009, came second in 2010, and was fourth in this year’s full distance event.
Danne Boterenbrood led the women’s race from the start. On the swim she was very closely followed by Michelle Vesterby of Denmark, but Boterenbrood was very fast on the bike and had left the rest of the field way behind by the start of the running stage.
The course of the Ironman 70.3 event consists of a 1.9 km swim, a 90km cycling stage around North Lanzarote, and a 21km run that starts and finishes at Club La Santa stadium.