Sarah Haskins (USA) and Andy Potts (USA) win respected professional divisions;
Each takes home Series cash prize, plus a 2011 Toyota vehicle and the coveted Toyota Cup
CHANHASSEN, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Championship honors in the 2011 Race to the Toyota Cup came down to the wire on Sunday, October 2 at the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Rockwall (Dallas), Tex. Sarah Haskins (USA) secured the professional female division championship after taking second in the Series finale behind Lisa Norden (SWE). Andy Potts (USA) secured the professional male championship by delivering a strong fourth place finish in Dallas. The event, which began and ended along the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, was the culmination of the seven-race triathlon series, produced by Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM), the Healthy Way of Life Company.
Haskins, a 2008 Olympian, overcame Alicia Kaye (USA) at this last race to secure the professional female division Toyota Cup with a total of 59.5 points. Haskins had a remarkable four wins during the season, including victories at the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, the CapTex Triathlon in Austin, the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon and the Life Time Chicago Triathlon.
Potts, a 2004 Olympian, was a consistently strong competitor throughout the Series, winning both the CapTex Triathlon in Austin and the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon. He placed second at both the Nautica South Beach Triathlon and the Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon. He took home the professional male division Toyota Cup with a total of 55 points, overcoming Cameron Dye (USA) on the last day of the Series.
Final standings for the professional female division included Kaye in second place and Becky Lavelle (USA), whose performance in Dallas served as the tiebreaker that ultimately elevated her to third place after a point standing tie with Rebeccah Wassner (USA). Within the professional male division, Dye and Greg Bennett (USA), secured second and third place standings, respectively.
Final 2011 Race to the Toyota Cup Standings / Points Summary
Female Professional Division:
Male Professional Division:
|1.||Sarah Haskins (USA)||59.5||1.||Andy Potts (USA)||55.0|
|2.||Alicia Kaye (USA)||44.0||2.||Cameron Dye (USA)||54.0|
|3.||Becky Lavelle (USA)||35.0||3.||Greg Bennett (USA)||52.5|
|4.||Rebeccah Wassner (USA)||35.0||4.||Filip Ospaly (CZE)||43.0|
|5.||Sara McLarty (USA)||31.0||5.||David Thompson (USA)||18.5|
|6.||Nicole Kelleher (USA)||29.0||6.||Andrew Starykowicz (USA)||13.5|
|7.||Laurel Wassner (USA)||18.0||7.||Andrew Yoder (USA)||11.0|
|8.||Jillian Peterson (USA)||16.0||8.||Bryan Rhodes (NZE)||2.0|
|9.||Jenna Parker (USA)||11.0||9.||Nickolaus Early (USA)||0.0|
|10.||Radka Vodickova (CZE)||9.0|
The total 2011 Race to the Toyota Cup professional division cash purse included $584,000 in individual race awards. Throughout the seven-event Series, Haskins earned approximately $130,000 in awards including purses from five events and her 2011 Toyota. Potts earned just over $105,000 in awards, including purses from five events plus his 2011 Toyota.
In order to be eligible for the Series Bonus and Toyota Cup, professional triathletes must have started at least three of the seven Series events. Plus, athletes must have competed in the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon Championship in Dallas.
About the Life Time Triathlon Series
Since 2006, the Life Time Triathlon Series has connected some of the most prominent international-distance triathlon events in the United States. Throughout the Series, the world’s top professional triathletes battle for points and a chance to win the coveted Toyota Cup. In 2011, the Series consists of seven events, including: the April 10 Nautica South Beach Triathlon (Miami); the May 30 Capital of Texas Triathlon (Austin); the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon June 26; the July 9 Life Time Minneapolis Triathlon; the Life Time Chicago Triathlon August 28; the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon September 25; and the October 2 Toyota U.S. Open Championship (Dallas). For more information on the Life Time Triathlon Series and the Race to the Toyota Cup visit www.racetothetoyotacup.com.
About Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
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About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As the Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) delivers the certified professionals, comprehensive businesses and incredible destinations that help people positively change their lives every day. The Company’s healthy way of life approach enables its customers to achieve their health and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest – or discovering new passions – both inside and outside of Life Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations. As of October 2, 2011, the Company operated 92 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETICSM brands primarily in suburban locations in 21 states and 26 major markets. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.