Eagle River’s Lindholm, Loan crack top 10 at Alaskaman Triathlon

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 12:44

Eagle River triathletes J.T. Lindholm and Kinsey Loan each finished 10th Saturday in the grueling Alaskaman Triathlon between Seward and Girdwood.

Lindholm, 48, completed the course in 13 hours, 34 minutes, 36 seconds to finish about two hours behind the men’s winner.

Loan, 26, finished in 16:46:57, about 2 hours and 44 minutes behind winner and course record holder Morgan Chaffin of Nebraska.

Lindholm and Loan were among five locals in this year’s event, and all four made the finish line. Eagle River’s Tyler Boyd, 30, finished 59th among men and 72nd overall in 17:02:23, while 57-year-old Robert Eder, also of Eagle River, was 63rd among men and 76th overall in 17:13:01.

Eagle River’s Britta Anderson finished her second Alaskaman in 18:04:16 to place fourth among women on the “lower” running course, which takes runners on a flat route for their final four miles.

The race sends competitors on an epic trek that starts in Seward with a 2.6-mile swim in frigid Resurrection Bay. From there, racers cycle 113 miles along the Seward Highway, gaining 4,635 feet of elevation en route to Girdwood, where the running portion begins. Racers finish with a 27.5-mile run that features 6,400 feet of elevation during a pair of ascents up Mount Alyeska.

A field of 228 racers, 50 of them Alaskans, contended with cold water during the swim, and high temperatures and sunshine for everything else.

Chaffin, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, defended her title in the women’s race. She finished in 14:03:20, more than an hour slower than her winning time of 12:47:50 last year.

Amber Stull of Anchorage was second among women in 14:06:36, and Jessica Lukasik of Seattle was third in 14:13.59.

In the men’s competition, Anchorage’s Will Ross finished in 11:33:06 to win by about 45 minutes. He completed the 2.6-mile swim in 1:06:38, did the 113-mile bike in 5:16:11 and finished the 27.5-mile run in 4:59.52.Heiko Sepp of Oslo, Norway, placed second (12:18:45) and Andrey Esipov of Kenmore, Washington, was third (12:55:14).

Ross was about 15 minutes slower than last year’s winner, Andrew Fast of Salt Lake City, who won in 11:18:29. Fast didn’t compete Saturday.

For complete race results, visit akxtri.com.

This story has been updated to add information about Anderson’s finish.

Anchorage Daily News sports editor Beth Bragg contributed to this report.

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