Congratulations to Team AVIA athlete Melanie McQuaid for winning the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside, California! The title did not come easy. Melanie finished the opening 1.2-mile swim in ninth place, 2:39 behind leader Meredith Kessler. She made her move during the 56-mile bike ride. She closed to Kessler’s lead within 17 seconds at the Fifteen mile mark and took the lead by mile 25. At the start of the run McQuaid had a 3:49 lead on Rachel McBride and 4:10 on Kesseler.
“Honestly, I didn’t come here to win,” McQuaid said. “I came here to get a race in. Frankly, I’m just stoked.”