Banner day for Bennetts in inaugural Ironman

Highlights from the inaugural ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta.
Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009 3:52 AM
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Greg Bennett crosses the finish line to become the first ESi Ironman winner.  Michael Holahan/Staff
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Greg Bennett crosses the finish line to become the first ESi Ironman winner.
Chris Gay
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Greg Bennett of Boulder, Colo., let out a "Whoo!" after winning the pro male division of inaugural ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta about 11:20 this morning. Thirty minutes later, Laura Bennett, Greg's wife, claimed the pro female division.

The event kicked off at 7:30 this morning with a 1.2-mile swim that started at the Fifth Street Marina and ends at the Boathouse.

Athletes moved to the transition area at the Boathouse and hop aboard bikes for a 56-mile ride into Aiken County and back. Then, the athletes returned to the transition area, where they embarked upon a 13.1-mile run, which included two loops through downtown Augusta and ends at the Augusta Common.

Greg Bennett, 37, won the pro male division with a time of 3:47:06. He raised his arms as he crossed the finish line at Augusta Common.

"I started training about three weeks ago for this," Bennett said. "I think I'm pretty fortunate to come away with a win."

Laura Bennett, 34, finished seven seconds ahead of Kelly Williamson of Austin, Texas. Bennett made her first Ironman 70.3 appearance.

"This is fantastic," Bennett said. "I don't take anything for granted. This was a very hard race today."

The rest of the field will cross the finish line over the remaining six hours. The course closes at 5:06 p.m.

The awards ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at the Augusta Common.

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JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 09/27/09 - 08:11 am
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I could do that - if I wanted

I could do that - if I wanted to.

whyaskwhy
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whyaskwhy 09/27/09 - 08:25 am
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What ? ? You couldn't even

What ? ? You couldn't even get up and read the paper on line in your PJ's before 8:11am. LOL, LOL

AhsanMinnik
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AhsanMinnik 09/27/09 - 08:27 am
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why - LOL - Good one!

why - LOL - Good one!

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 09/27/09 - 10:16 am
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I was the one who jumped in

I was the one who jumped in holding my nose instead of diving. You could easily pick me out of the swimmers because I was the only one out of all the contenders doing the dog paddle down the river. Dang that water was cold...thought I lost part of my body there for a minute....... LOL

GuyIncognito
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GuyIncognito 09/27/09 - 11:01 am
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I could do all that, but it

I could do all that, but it would take about a week, rather than one morning.

DewHickies
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DewHickies 09/27/09 - 11:44 am
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Congratulations, Greg!

Congratulations, Greg!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/27/09 - 04:01 pm
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Sounds like a fun

Sounds like a fun marriage...I guess. Kind of like Pat Conroy and Cassandra King.

andywarhol
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andywarhol 09/27/09 - 06:05 pm
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I spent my entire day there

I spent my entire day there today beginning at 330 this morning. Lots of eye candy!

triscuit
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triscuit 09/27/09 - 09:11 pm
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A successful event in Augusta

A successful event in Augusta because the only time "race" came up was when the folks were swimming/biking/running!

Boston93
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Boston93 09/27/09 - 09:57 pm
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Great job participants of the

Great job participants of the Half IronMan and congratulations to the ones that spent the many, many hard days, weeks, months putting this together and executing it so well.

whyme
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whyme 09/27/09 - 10:46 pm
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I was very impressed with the

I was very impressed with the entire set-up and management of this race. It just goes to show that Augusta can indeed pull off some amazing events, and not just the Masters. This was free to watch, everyone was welcome, and it drew a huge number of participants. Clever idea to use the talented cloggers at the end of the race!

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