MIAMI, USA -- Eight athletes from Grenada recently took on the challenge to put their minds, their bodies and their souls to the test in the Miami 70.3 Ironman. They were among some 2,500 other athletes from around the world when the race started on a very cool Miami morning on October 28.
Not only did everyone on the team succeed in becoming Ironmen and women but they all exceeded all expectations. Helen Raithby, Inga Karasek, Uli Kuhn and Troy Felix raced at this distance for the first time and performed admirably, beating all their race goals. Ric Hallam, Mike Qiunn, Mark Scott and Marc DeCaul had all raced at a similar event in Puerto Rico the year before but this year they smashed those previous times. Mike Quinn went almost an hour faster.
The first leg of the journey started with a 1.2-mile swim in the Biscayne Bay. The second leg was a 56-mile bike that took athletes into a very heavy headwind north into the Everglades before returning to downtown Miami to start the final leg, a half marathon, which included two laps over the very long and steep MacArthur bridge.
The Grenada team thanked all supporters along the way and especially those that came out on the day to cheer them on. They even had Olympic swimmer Esau Simpson and the rest of his team out on the bike course as volunteers offering huge support to the Grenada team of triathletes.
Ric Hallam and Mark Scott now look forward to the Cozumel full Ironman in Mexico on November 25, where they will both race over double the distance. The rest of the team will be competing at home on November 3 in the Tag Team triathlon on Grand Anse.