Southport Trainer Wins Ironman World Championship Qualifier In Maryland

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Easton's Chris Thomas relaxes after winning the 70.3-mile Eagleman triathlon Sunday in Cambridge, Md.
Easton's Chris Thomas relaxes after winning the 70.3-mile Eagleman triathlon Sunday in Cambridge, Md. Photo Credit: Contributed
Chris Thomas of Easton runs in Sunday's race.
Chris Thomas of Easton runs in Sunday's race. Photo Credit: Contributed
Chris Thomas, left, stands on the podium after winning the Eagleman triathlon Sunday in Maryland.
Chris Thomas, left, stands on the podium after winning the Eagleman triathlon Sunday in Maryland. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTON, Conn. – Easton’s Chris Thomas finished 13th overall and first among amateurs in the 70.3-mile Eagleman race Sunday in Cambridge, Md.

The race, part of the Ironman series, consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Thomas finished in 4:05.43. The victory against amateur rivals also earned a berth for Thomas in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October.

Thomas, 42, is the owner of Personal Training Professionals in Southport.

Thomas had to come from behind, running a 1:20.03 half-marathon on the final leg of the race to overtake Charles Perreault of Canada. Thomas was nearly three minutes behind Perreault after the swim and trailed by 1:40 minutes after the bike ride. Perreault ran 1:23:14 in the final leg and finished 1:34 behind Thomas.

Thomas finished fourth among amateurs in last year’s Eagleman race and third in 2012. He has won his age division three consecutive years.

The next race will be a quick turnaround for Thomas, who will race Saturday in the Pat Griskus Olympic distance triathlon in Middlebury. Thomas is the seven-time defending champion of the race. He will also race in a 70.3-mile race on June 22 in Syracuse, N.Y.

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