New Zealander takes 2013 Boise Ironman 70.3 title

Bevan Docherty had never run the Ironman 70.3 Boise race before, and he didn't even scout the course before the cannon sounded at noon on Saturday.

"Sometimes that can be a good thing," he said.

Good indeed. Docherty won the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Boise in 3:52:55 on Saturday, beating Canadian Brent McMahon by 1:41.

Docherty trailed Josh Amberger and McMahon coming out of the swim, but was within a minute of the lead. Stiff headwinds on the bike ride - something of a regularity in the Boise race - took their toll on all the competitors, but Docherty was able to make up ground and gain a two-minute advantage by the start of the run.

"I went a little too hard early on in the bike," Docherty said.

After leading the run start to finish, he earned a first Ironman 70.3 Boise win on his first visit.

"I certainly didn't want to go through a sprint finish," he said when reminded of the tie for last year's men's title. "It's so much better when you have a good gap and can enjoy the finish."

Boise's Jamey Yanik was the top amateur racer, finishing 13th overall. Meridian's Bob Stephens won the 50-54 year-old category. Both men, along with each age group winner, won a spot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships this September in Las Vegas.

The women's race featured just a dozen registered professional racers - and no past Boise champions. Only eight finished the 2013 race.

Liz Lyles overcame a 2:40 deficit in the run to beat Bend, Oregon's Heather Jackson by just under four minutes. Lyles finished the course in 4:28:37.

Boise's Erin Green took fourth place in her first Ironman 70.3 Boise as a professional. Green ran the race three previous years, but qualified to run with the pros this summer.

"It's an incredible feeling," she said. "I was really hoping to be mid-pack, which would be top-five, I would be thrilled. Fourth place is right in there so I'm excited!" Green added with a fist pump.

Nearly 1300 people participated in the sixth Ironman 70.3 Boise. A Boise Convention and Vistor's Bureau spokesperson told KBOI-TV earlier this week the event is contracted to return in 2014, and will be extended through 2015 as well.