Beautiful Manta, Ecuador hosted the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Ecuador on an over cast 80 degree humid day in which Lauren Goss stormed to a commanding victory. The point to point Pacific Ocean swim saw Goss leading the Pro woman’s field by 1:37 but by 45 km’s into the rolling out and back bike course she found herself in a back and forth battle with Dede Griesbauer who eventually pulled away from Goss. Griesbauer put over a minute lead on Goss going into T2 but a quick transition by Goss reeled back 35 seconds from her deficit. Showing her strength on the run with the fastest time of the day, Goss ran her way back into the lead within the first mile of the run. Holding her steady pace to the finish line, Goss eventually netted over a nine minute lead on second place for a dominating win.
“I knew I could maintain. I was thrilled to take the win, especially at the inaugural race. The whole city of Manta was shut down to host the even and I think every single resident of Manta was out cheering. It was great energy.”
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 4:14:38
2. Valentina Carvallo (CHL) 4:24:04
3. Dede Griesbauer (USA) 4:29:31