Tara Nor­ton takes Ul­tra­man

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FINISH LINE RACE REPORT -

We wrote about su­per-mom and su­per-en­durance-ath­lete Tara Nor­ton in last year’s Novem­ber is­sue (TMC 14.6) af­ter she be­came the first woman to com­plete the Doxa Three­lay as an in­di­vid­ual. The 47-year-old for­mer pro from Toronto led the three-day Ul­tra­man race from start to fin­ish, mov­ing up a spot from her run­ner-up fin­ish two years ago to take a con­vinc­ing win.

Nor­ton did the first day’s 10 km swim and 145 km bike on day one in 8:16:51. She fol­lowed that up with a 10:27:55 clock­ing for day two’s 276 km bike. Her 9:34:49 for the fi­nal day’s 84.4 km run gave her a to­tal time of 28:19:35, which was 75 min­utes ahead of the sec­ond-place fin­isher, Amer­i­can Mary Knott, 41.

Af­ter setting a new world-best time for the Ul­tra­man dis­tance in win­ning Ul­tra­man Aus­tralia last year, an­other for­mer pro, Aus­tralia’s Richard Thomp­son, 33, took the men’s race in con­vinc­ing fash­ion, too, beat­ing the twotime de­fend­ing cham­pion, South Africa’s Rob Gray, 41, by al­most an hour.—TMC

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