Miramar man, Coral Gables woman take first place at Mack Cycle Triathlon Trilogy Bonus Round



Oct. 27 (Miami Ironman 70.3 at Bayfront Park): The half ironman takes participants across the city and into the south where the competitors will have to complete 70.3 miles from start to finish. For more info visit www.ironmanmiami.com.

Nov. 10 (Miami Man Triathlon at Zoo Miami/Larry Penny Thompson Park): Participants will get to run past monkeys, elephants and zebras in this triathlon that traverses the woods of the park and into the zoo. For more info visit: www.miamimantriathlon.com.

Feb. 2 (Miami Marathon and Half Marathon): Formerly the ING Marathon. Registration for the event is open. For more information visit: themiamimarathon.com

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Diego Ruiz, 29, of Miramar, and Marta Silva, 35, of Coral Gables were the top overall male and female finishers in the International distance of the Mack Cycle Triathlon Trilogy Bonus Round held this Sunday at the Historic Virginia Key Beach.

The course consisted of a 0.5 mile swim in Biscayne Bay, 20 mile bike through Key Biscayne, and 6.2 mile run back to the finish. Ruiz finished just over a second faster than the second place finisher Bradley Kuper-Smith, 31, of Coral Gables, with a time of 1:49:20. Silva completed the course in 2:06:06. She finished just over seven minutes faster than the second place female finisher Barbara Wach who finished in 2:14:53.


Meanwhile in the sprint distance Santiago Pazos, 45, of Miami Beach finished the 0.25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run in 53 minutes and 55 seconds. The female finisher was Monica Rossi-Montero, 44, of Miami.


Lucas Theophilus, 43, of Coral Gables, topped the competition during the duathlon which consisted of a one mile run, 10 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run to the finish with a time of 53:58.

Top finishers -- International distance – Mens division: 1.Diego Ruiz 1:49:20, 2. Bradley Kuper-Smith 1:50:49, 3. Jordan Mullins-Flores 1:50:56. Female: 1. MartaSilva 2:06:06, 2. Barbara Wach 2:14:53, 3. Dawn Huckestein 2:18:56. Sprint distance – men:1. Santiago Pazos 0:53:55, 2. Vladimir Casanova 0:54:23, 3. Alex Margetts 0:55:27. Female: 1. Monica Rossi-Montero 0:59:15, 2. Rachelle Ginsberg 0:59:17, 3.JessicaHunter 1:01:15, Duathlon distance: Men:1. Lucas Theophilus 0:53:58, 2. Anthony Benedict 0:55:22, 3. Edward Hengtgen 0:57:06.Female: 1. Estela Ortiz 1:03:05, 2.Jennifer West 1:09:57, 3. Jerri Halgowich 1:11:36.


This November local yoga guru Dashama Gordon will be hosting the WeAre1race10K relay and Health and Sustainability Expo in Miami Beach Nov. 9.

The event plans on bringing together an assortment of celebrities, charitable foundations, professional athletes, corporate execs, families and friends to participate in a health and sustainability themed relay race.

“This year I am producing an event with the Miami Dolphins,” event organizer Gordon said. “It will be a 10K relay, but if someone wants to run the whole thing they can. You may have up to 6 people on a team and each person run a mile. We are raising money for our charity partners, and to bring the community together.”

This relay will allow for the participants to choose from a list of charities for which they can raise funds for, such as: American Heart Foundation, Miami Dolphins Foundation and Make-a-Wish.

“It is going to be a lot of fun. We will be making videos, and raising awareness for our charity partners,”

The top finishers will be awarded during a special ceremony during halftime in the home game against the Chargers on Nov.16, according to Gordon.

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