U.S. stars Chris Leiferman won Boulder 70.3 on a sunny day on Colorado’s Front Range edging out Bermuda Olympian Tyler Butterfield in doing so.
Leiferman built a strong lead with a race-best bike split, then held off Butterfield’s race-best run by 8 seconds to win the Pro Men’s Title at Ironman 70.3 Boulder.
Leiferman overcame a 2:31 deficit after a 19th–best swim in Boulder Reservoir with a race-best 1:56:01 bike split that gave him a 1:50 lead over Kennett Peterson and a 5:52 lead on eventual top contender Tyler Butterfield at T2.
On his way to a 3rd-best 1:17:58 Half Marathon, Leiferman must have heard virtual footsteps from Butterfield as the Bermudian chopped 30 seconds per mile from Leiferman’s lead with a race-best 1:11:59 run split.
As they ran down the finish chute, Butterfield just ran out of real estate as Leiferman finished in 3:44:32 with an 8 seconds margin of victory and Kennett Peterson finished in 3rd place, 4:32 behind the winner.
Butterfield clocked 25:42 on the Swim, he then clocked 2:03.42 on the Run Course, before closing out with a time of 1:11.56 on the Bike Course.