Wednesday, June 25, 2008

First Redfish triathlon makes a splash

200 triathletes, duathloners in the Stanley Basin

Enjoying Saturday’s Redfish Triathlon/Duathlon are, from left, race director and volunteer Zenergy tri coach Bart Davis of Hailey, Jennett Zimmerman of Hailey, Sam Samudio of Hailey, Brooke Wojcik of Sun Valley and Bill McCann of Ketchum. McCall placed third in the Olympic triathlon and is also a volunteer Zenergy tri coach. Zimmerman, Samudio and Wojcik all won their age groups in the sprint triathlon. Less than three months ago, all three dedicated and committed athletes started the Zenergy Triathlon Training Group—having never raced in a triathlon before. Photo by

Race director Bart Davis of Hailey may have said it best about Saturday's inaugural Redfish Lake triathlon and duathlon. Over 200 committed athletes showed up and Davis said, "It proved that showing up is the first step to winning."

The first Racing for Recovery Redfish Olympic/Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon started Saturday at Redfish Lake Lodge in the Stanley Basin. The 146 triathloners conquered their tests in anywhere from 67 minutes to three hours. The 34 duathloners went from 79 minutes to two-and-a-half hours.

The two long courses were an Olympic distance triathlon (1.5-kilometer swim, 40k bike, 10k run) that had 80 finishers and a sprint triathlon (500m swim, 20k bike, 5k run) that attracted 66 finishers.

Winning the Olympic triathlon were Scott Gray, 33, in 1.58:22 and Holly Walker, 33, in 2.08:23, ninth overall. Top locals were women's runner-up Amy Alexander (2.13:12) and third-place Bill McCann (2.00:59).

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Olympic Development Team Nordic skier Kate Whitcomb, 27, captured the shorter sprint triathlon in 1.10:46 and Ketchum's Kevin Jones, 23, of Aurora, Colo. won the men's division in 1.07:13.

Placing third overall were former Community School athlete Jamie Terry, 25, of Missoula in the women (1.18:27) and Ketchum's Ryan Still, 34, among the men (1.12:14).

Redfish Lake duathlons offered a short course (2-mile run, 20k bike, 5k run) that attracted nine finishers and a longer one (5k run, 40k bike, 5k run) that had 25, 14 coming from the Wood River Valley.

Taylor Sundali, 19, won the long course duathlon in 1.48:27 and Georgie Montgomery, 43, took the women's long duathlon at 2.08:11. Short-course winners were Bronwen Raff, 17, in 1.23:44 and Daniel Hollis, 30, in 1.19:23.

Complete results with split times in all the events plus team finishes can be found on today's Express Web site. Here are top local class finishes:

Olympic triathlon, men

Clydesdale: 2—Hector Ocampo 2.35:47. Men's 25-29: 1—Johannes Achhorner 2.12:25. 2—Josh Kantor 2.19:19. 4—Chris Gray 2.32:13. Men's 30-34: 7—Matthew Siegel 2.35:48. Men's 35-39: 6—Bard Widmer 2.20:47. Men's 40-44: 5—Jay Dawg 2.44:54. 6—David Verst 2.45:59. Men's 45-49: 1—Joseph Wojcik 2.15:19. Men's 50-54: 2—Kyle Kunz 2.26:51.

Olympic triathlon, women

Athena: 2—Casey Vegwert 2.54:08. Women's 25-29: 1—Sarah Lyle 2.29:37. 2—Katherine Latham 2.41:22. Women's 30-34: 2—Vanessa Fry 2.40:44. 3—Jodi Siegel 3.04:02.

Sprint triathlon, men

Clydesdale: 2—Aaron McCarver 1.22:55. Men's 19-and-under: 1—Sam Samudio 1.29:43. Men's 40-44: 2—James Grossman 1.21:05. Men's 45-49: 1—Curt Martin 1.19:52.

Sprint triathlon, women

Athena: 2—Trini Pullen 1.27:46. Women's 20-24: 1—Whitney McNees 1.18:56. Women's 25-29: 2—Erin Resko 1.25:14. Women's 30-34: 1—Jennett Zimmerman 1.25:09. Women's 35-39: 1—Brooke Wojcik 1.22:54.

At the Cache Valley Triathlon in Utah

Ketchum's Gretchen Gorham, 43, competed Saturday in the fourth annual Cache Valley Classic Triathlon at Hyrum State Park, Hyrum, Utah.

For sprint triathloners, the 26.5-kilometer course featured a 750-meter open water swim, 20k (12.5-mile) bicycle ride and 5k run. Gorham was the 19th female finisher out of 82, and 76th overall out of 194 finishers.

Gorham finished second in the Sprint Female 40-44 class with a final time of 1.27:32. Her splits were 17:56 swim, 42:32 bike and 23:43 run.

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