Canadian Ted Carr won the 2015 Pattaya Triathlon, besting Thailand’s two top athletes by several minutes.
Carr posted crossed the finishing line in the men’s 18-24 age bracket with a best time of 1:06:14. Thais Suphakit Sukatiphum and Siraphop Sudsuparm finished second and third with times of 1:08:38 and 1:11:41 respectively.
The Oct. 17 swimming-biking-running competition drew more than 1,000 local and international athletes. Competitors from the United Kingdom, Germany and United States all won prize money by finishing in the top 10 in the marquee category.
Triathletes pose for a group photo prior to the start of the elite race at Pattaya Beach, Saturday, October 17. Race winner Ted Carr of Canada is pictured fourth from left.
Organized by Sport Master Co., the competition is part of a Tri-League Series of triathlons playing out this year in Bangkok, HuaHin and Pattaya. These races will then contribute to a “Master Series” to be held later in Phuket.
Pattaya Bay was a sea of colour as the competitors took to the water for the swimming leg.
Three race categories were available for male and female competitors: a Standard Triathlon (1.5 Km Swim – 43 Km Bike – 10.8 Km Run), a Sprint Distance (0.75 Km Swim – 22 Km Bike – 6.2 Km Run) and a Duathlon (6.2 Km Run – 43 Km Bike – 10.8 Km Run).
Winners in all the brackets were awarded medals and gifts, with everyone participating getting souvenir t-shirts.
A quick transition saw the triathletes undertake the cycling stage along Pattaya Beach Road.