U.S. Open Triathlon and Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup Champions Crowned on Sunday in Dallas | Business Wire

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2008 U.S. Open Triathlon and the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series

Race to the Toyota Cup saw Australian Greg Bennett defend his 2008

titles. The race, which finished in the shadow of Dallas’

American Airlines Center, is the culmination of the five-race Life Time

Fitness, Inc. (NYSE:LTM) Triathlon Series.

Sweden’s Lisa Norden joined Bennett in the

winner’s circle by outlasting the 2007 U.S.

Open Champion, Sarah Haskins (USA) to claim the $60,000 first prize.

Norden, 2008 Olympian, trailed Haskins by over a minute coming out of

the water but used a strong bike ride to lead the field entering the run

portion of the race. She then used the day’s

best run to pull away from the field and earn her first victory ever in

the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series.

Bennett, who currently resides in Boulder, CO, used the day’s

best bike and the day’s best run to secure his

third straight Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Title. For his

efforts, the 36-year-old Bennett earned $120,000 on the day ($60,000

first-place prize, a $60,000 bonus for being the Series champion).

American Andy Potts held off Great Britain’s

Stuart Hayes to finish second on Sunday which also gave Potts the second

place finish in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the

Toyota Cup, dropping Potts to third. Hayes and Potts earned $25,000 and

$15,000 in bonus money respectively for their finishes in the Series.

A total of $250,000 was awarded to the top 10 professional women and men

competing in Sunday’s event. American Becky

Lavell, who finished sixth in the Dallas race, won the women’s

division of the Series and the Race to the Toyota cup, taking home the

$60,000 bonus.

Unofficial 2008 U.S. Open Professional Division results from today’s

race are as follows:

 

MEN

 

Pro Triathlete

 

Unofficial
Time

 

Cash
Prize

 

2007 Triathlon Series
Points

1. Greg Bennett

 

1:46:52

 

$60,000

 

15,000

2. Andy Potts

 

1:47:39

 

$25,000

 

9,000

3. Stuart Hayes

 

1:47:59

 

$15,000

 

5,700

4. Michael Raelert

 

1:48:15

 

$7,000

 

3,900

5. Courtney Atkinson

 

1:48:53

 

$6,000

 

3,450

6. Brent McMahon

 

1:49:03

 

$4,000

 

2,850

7. Timothy O’Donnell

 

1:49:36

 

$3,000

 

2,550

8. Paul Matthews

 

1:50:04

 

$2,500

 

2,250

9. Reinaldo Colucci

 

1:51:11

 

$1,500

 

2,100

10. Simon Thompson

 

1:53:05

 

$1,000

 

1,950

 

WOMEN

 

Pro Triathlete

 

Unofficial
Time

 

Cash
Prize

 

2007 Triathlon Series
Points

1. Lisa Norden

 

1:57:30

 

$60,000

 

15,000

2. Sarah Haksin

 

1:58:40

 

$25,000

 

9,000

3. Nicola Spirig

 

1:59:31

 

$15,000

 

5,700

4. Sarah Groff

 

1:59:49

 

$7,000

 

3,900

5. Laura Bennett

 

2:00:01

 

$6,000

 

3,450

6. Becky Lavelle

 

2:00:23

 

$4,000

 

2,850

7. Julie Dibens

 

2:00:31

 

$3,000

 

2,550

8. Samantha Warriner

 

2:01:18

 

$2,500

 

2,250

9. Jasmine Oeinck

 

2:01:31

 

$1,500

 

2,100

10. Jodie Swallow

 

2:02:21

 

$1,000

 

1,950

Life Time Fitness
Kent Wipf, 952-229-7211 or 612-718-4865
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