Costa Rican Leonardo Chacón and Kelly Williamson win the Revolution3 Costa Rica Triathlon.
Local favorite Leonardo Chacón and American Kelly Williamson won the Costa Rica Revolution3 triathlon. The professional Revolution3 race took place in heat and humidity on February 20, 2011. Athletes took to the water at La Playa Conchal just behind the Reserva Conchal in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It was a beach start for the professionals with the males starting at 6:15am, in temperatures around 80 degrees and climbing. The women followed three minutes later.
At the beginning, the women all swam off course and headed to an incorrect buoy. However, they quickly recovered and did not lose too much time. The pros swam a two-loop course and had to physically leave the water to run around and tag a buoy before entering the water again for the second loop. Out of the water for the first loop was Brian Fleischmann leading the pack. For the women, Williamson was leading after the first swim loop. Fleischmann was able to maintain his lead and was first out after the swim heading into transition, followed closely by Manny Huerta and Chacón. However, positionschanged for the women; Amanda Stevens completed the swim first with Williamson and Hilary Biscay just seconds behind her.
Out of transition for the males, Huerta took the lead over Fleischmann. However, not long after the bike ride started, Chacón took over and steadily maintained the top speed for the day on a challenging bike course with tough climb and gravel terrain within the first two kilometers. Following his sizeable lead were Andrew Starykowicz and Fleischmann.
For the women, Stevens was able to keep the lead and was first out of transition. But Williamson took her over and was first off the bike with a considerable lead. Coming off the bike in a pack were Stevens, Bree Wee and Annie Warner.
Chacón held the lead for the majority of the race and finished first with an unofficial time of 1:53:47. Placing second and third were Huerta and Fleischmann, respectively.
On the run, Williamson kept up her hard and fast cadence and placed first with an unofficial time of 2:10:56. Behind her were Kate Major making up considerable time on the run for second and Annie Warner held on for third.