PORT MACQUARIE, NSW (May 1, 2016) – Byron Bay’s Tim Reed had to dig deeper than before to claim his maiden IRONMAN victory at IRONMAN Australia in Port Macquarie today.
Reed was greeted by family and friends after his come-from-behind win, made more challenging with the passing of one of his closest friends this week.
“I had something to fight for today. I lost a really great friend and he was coming up to watch me. I gave it everything for him,” said an emotional Reed.
The 31-year-old is one of the world’s premier triathletes over the IRONMAN 70.3 distance, as the current Asia-Pacific champion and with a bundle of victories around the globe. But so far the IRONMAN has proven a step too far.
Today he ran down an eight minutes 24 second deficit to fellow Australian Clayton Fettell on a wet afternoon in Port Macquarie, winning in 8:16:29, with his missing friend never far from his mind nor the support from his family.
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