Each year Gilford, New Hampshire hosts the Timberman Festival, a large family event that includes the Timberman Sprint and TimberKids Make-a-Wish Run and the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Timberman. An estimated 3,500 people participated in the combined events. Chrissie Wellington was, of course, the heavy favorite. Wellington has already won here three times, as well wins this year at the 70.3 Kansas and the Ironman South Africa. Any challenge would likely come from 70.3 Florida champ Caitlin Snow.
Wellington led the women out of the water. The three time world champion recorded a 27:08 split. Snow was right behind her with a 27:09 split for the 1.2 mile swim. Amber Ferreira was the third woman out of Lake Winnipesaukee with a time of 27:38.
As soon as she got on the bike, Wellington started widening her lead. Wellington rode a 2:27:51 for the 56 mile bike ride. Snow was the second woman into T2 after riding a 2:33:57. Ferreira rode a 2:34:04 to finish the stage in third place.
Wellington didn’t coast through the 13.1 mile run, recording a 1:18:44 split. Chrissie Wellington won the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Timberman with an overall time of 4:16:33. This made her the eighth finisher overall. Caitlin Snow ran a strong 1:22:52 to take second place with an overall time of 4:26:36. Annie Gervais earned a podium trip by running a 1:28:33 to record an overall 4:34:24.