Topping Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay was a display of greatness of the Legendary Career of Crowie. He made his move in the run leg powered by his Newtons and went on to cross the line at 3:48, several minutes ahead of his closest pursuer.
I was able to cover Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. One of the highlights was seeing Crowie defy father time after topping the race. Crowie was among the top contenders for the event but during the meet the pros event before the race, Crowie’s age was among the teasing points of the conversation. Crowie’s 42 going to 43 years old. He’s has a legendary career already with his numerous wins worldwide. The meet the Pros eventually became Pick on Crowie day but it was Crowie who would get the last laugh.
Crowie had a story to tell and that of which is a tale of his redemption. A year ago, all eyes were on multiple Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander to stomp off in the inaugural race to rule the 2015 Inaugural Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic. Fate would intervene and at the start of the race, the race organizer announced that “Crowie” would be unable to even start the race owing to a bad back.
Seeking redemption from last year’s disappointment, the Newton Running champion returned with a vengeance against a field of heavy hitters that included fellow Australian Tim Reed, German Patrick Lange, and Austrian Tim Van Berkel.
Exiting the 1.9km swim just a minute down from early leaders Patrick Lange and Jonathan Ciavatella, Craig kept himself within striking distance of the leaders throughout the hilly 90km bike route that included the scenic Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
By the time the leaders entered T2, Alexander was three minutes behind Lange who had broken away on the bike. On the scorching hot, one-lap, out-and-back run course, Alexander steadily reeled in the German until he finally overtook Lange shortly after the halfway point of the run leg. The Newton athlete broke the tape with a time of 3:48:56, no small feat considering Craig approaching 43 years old.
“I was very happy with my performance today. My training leading in had been good but it was only my second race in seven months so there is always a little bit of the unknown. I just tried to be consistent across all disciplines. Whenever you win in a field that contains athletes like Reed, Van Berkel and Lange you are really made to work for it,” says Craig Alexander.
With this first win for Craig in 2016, the 5-time Ironman World Champion is out to prove that age is just a number and that he can still definitely race to win!
Newton Running Philippines congratulates Crowie on his amazing feat and is excited to be part of competitive triathletes’ journey to excellence.
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