September 30, 2018
Rosete Wins Again at Escape
3:36 PM ET, September 30, 1 2018
ROSETE WINS AGAIN AT ESCAPE TO MIAMI TRIATHLON
38 Power Buddy Entries From Special Compass Allow Participants with Disabilities To Experience Thrill of Swim, Bike and Run Test.
Former Cuban national triathlete Yunior Rosete (2:06:56) won his third Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon Sunday and former Florida State University swimmer Meagan Bradley (2:23:09) claimed the women’s International Division title at the 14th annual race that wrapped up the 2018 Life Time Tri Series.
More than 1,750 triathletes from 26 countries and 26 states competed on a windy morning where temperatures into the upper 80’s challenged the athletes of all levels.
The competition also included a Sprint where Nacho-Hernando Angulo (58:58.8)sped to victory on the men’s side and 2014 Escape to Miami champion Carla Moreno (1:05:35) was the first woman to cross the finish line.
The International competitors enjoyed a scenic, but highly-challenging course starting at sunrise from “Escape Island” in the center of Biscayne Bay.
Athletes swam 1,500 meters (.9 miles) across open waters to Margaret Pace Park where they transitioned to a 40K (24.8 mile) bike course. The triathletes biked over eight bridges and the Julia Tuttle Causeway on their way to Miami Beach before a 10K run (6.2 mile) over the MacArthur Causeway to Star Island and back wrapped up the race.
A group of “Power Buddies” pulled and pushed 38 disabled individuals in rafts and specialized racing chariots as part of a program of Special Compass, a charity that promotes participation of para-athletes in sporting events.
The volunteer “Power Buddies” and the para-athletes were both able to experience the thrill and camaraderie of crossing the finish line as part of a team.
Rosete was a member of Cuba’s national triathlon team when he slipped away following an international competition in Mexico in 2012. Since that time, the 33-year old has become a familiar face in the winners’ circles at South Florida triathlons.
He won his first “Escape to Miami” crown in 2014, defended the title in 2015, and was the runner-up in 2016. Earlier this year, Rosete finished second in the Life Time Tri Series South Beach Triathlon.
“It’s my life and I love it,” he said of the racing and Cuban communities in South Florida that have become family to him.
The Aventura resident exited Biscayne Bay in second place during Sunday morning’s swim. Miami Beach’s Teylor Arboleda had the brief lead, but Rosete closed the gap during the bike leg of the race, and then took it away for good during the run.
“I was really tired because of the (7.3 Ironman) in Augusta (Georgia) last week,” said Rosete, who has worked for City Bikes since arriving in Miami. “I think I can do a better time, but it was windy, and my time was amazing if you consider the conditions.”
Arboleda (2:09:29) maintained his hold on second place with Jesus Angulo (2:12:50) of Miami finishing third.
Bradley, a Plantation resident and the chief marketing officer of a small appliances company, participated in her first triathlon nearly 13 years ago after taking a dare from a co-worker who knew she had been a collegiate swimmer.
“It’s good to get out with friends and be reminded what triathlons are all about, and why I started doing them,” she said. “The course was hard, there was a lot of wind, but it’s just a great event and a great course.
“It just happened to be my day to win. It was fun.”
The 40-year-old has added Ironman competition to her athletic achievements, and used Sunday’s triathlon as a warmup for the upcoming October Ironman World Championships in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.
Bradley’s 2:23:09 time edged out runner-up Brittany Higgins (2:23:34), a lifeguard from Clearwater Beach who ran cross country and track and Southern Illinois. Third place went to Romina Maldonado (2:33:22) of Miami.
Athletes participating in the shorter Sprint course started with a .25-mile swim along the Biscayne Bay shoreline followed by a 13-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.
Hernando-Angulo,a Spaniard who now lives in Miami, clocked in at 58:58.8 and was more than two minutes ahead of 42-year-old former Cuban Olympian (1987-1991) Ramses Rodriguez of Port St. Lucie (1:01:40) and Bernardo Perez of Miami (1:02:26).
The 23-year-old Hernando-Angulo ran cross country and track at Southern New Hampshire University where he was the first athlete in its history to qualify for the NCAA Division II national championships. He won the event on Sunday on a borrowed bike.
Moreno, the 2014 overall “Escape to Miami” women’s champion, is a former Brazilian Olympian (2000-2004) who was also Miami’s 2016 runner-up.
Since her recent retirement from the professional triathlete ranks, Moreno has focused most of her time on her coaching business. Still, she entered the shorter Sprint division on Sunday for the first time.
“It was hot and a lot of wind, but it’s a beautiful race,” said Moreno. “I liked the course.”
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1 YUNIOR ROSETE Miami 2:06:56
2 TEYLOR ARBOLEDA Miami Beach 2:09:29
3 JESUS ANGULO Miami 2:12:50
1 MEAGAN BRADLEY Fort Lauderdale 2:23:09
2 BRITTANY HIGGINS Clearwater 2:23:34
3 ROMINA MALDONADO Miami 2:33:22
1 NACHO HERNANDO ANGULO Miami 58:58.8
2 RAMSES RODRIGUEZ Pt St Lucie 1:01:40
3 BERNARDO PEREZ Miami 1:02:26
1 CARLA MORENO Fort Lauderdale 1:05:35
2 DANA STOWELL Miami 1:09:58
3 RACHELLE GINSBERG Boca Raton 1:12:00