Swim, bike and oh yeah, run
They came from Anchorage and Wasilla, Fairbanks and Valdez, Nome and Bethel and even Minnesota and South Dakota.
Close to 400 men and women swam, biked and ran in this year’s Eagle River Triathlon on June 1, a day that saw snow in the upper altitudes.
But that didn’t stop anyone down at the Chugiak pool, where racers swam 500 yards, hopped on a bike and rode 12.4 miles and then topped it off with a 5K run.
Special shout-outs to Kinsey Loan, who won the 20-24 age group division, and Sheryl Loan, Mary Krysinski and Andrea Tesch, three local women who swept the top three 55-59 age group slots.
Over on the men’s side, Nick Carl and Torsten Renner grabbed first and second in the 10-14 age group category, J.T. Lindholm placed second in the 40-44 division, and a hearty applause to Jon Nauman, who won first place in the 75+ age awards. Way to go, Jon!
A separate event was held for the younger set, with two race options: A longer competition, consisting of 100 yard swim, two mile bike and one mile run or a shorter course made up of 50 yard swim, two mile bike and half mile run.
Congratulations to all who tested their limits in this year’s triathlon.