Tara Norton takes Ultraman
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