Saturday, April 1, 2011
TriAdventure's triathlon team completed the first race of its 2011 season in Smithfield, VA today. Over 30 participants, ages 9 - 52 represented "the orange" on a sunny, but windy Saturday morning.
The event involved a 300 yard swim, 10 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. Nearly 500 triathletes participated in the race, which created some exceptional times and competition amongst the group.
In the Male 10-15 age group the times were very close between TriAdventure's 5 triathletes with Nick Hosig coming in 5th, followed by Gabriel Bennett in 8th, Charlie Skutt in 14th, Drew Nagle in 16th and Nick Stacy 17th. Newcomers Ben Allamong and Ty Journell finished 7th and 9th respectively in the Male 16-19 Category. Taylor Jennings was 7th in the 20-24 group, followed by Kyle Knight in 14th. Top runner and first time triathlete Chris Olien stole the show however, finishing in an outstanding time of 59:43 and gaining 3rd overall in the 25-29 age group. Justin Tanner was 9th and Marcus Oliver 10th in the same age-group.
Other age-group places included first-timer Michael Hart, 15th in the 30-34 group, Stacey Ballowe 14th and Will Stacy 22nd in the 40-44 age group, Glenn Skutt 11th in the 45-49 group, and Steve Nagle 5th in the 50-54 category.
In the Male Novice Category, first-timer Ben Hannam finished an impressive 4th.
In the 10-15 Category Emma Stowe showed great form finished 4th, just missing a podium spot, while right behind her was Rachel Hosig in 5th, Grace Bishop in 7th, Avery Stolte in 8th and 11 year old Aska Kowalewska in 10th.
After a slow start in the swim, first-timer Lacey Brown grabbed 3rd in the 25-29 group, while Parrish Ralston and Kim Oliver finished close behind in 5th and 7th respectively. The 35-39 age-group saw Becky Fritz finish 11th and first-timer Kerri Nichols 23rd.
Linda Jilk, also a first-timer, finished 12th in the 40-44 female category, followed by Margy Journell in 15th and Ewa Forsman in 21st.
TriAdventure will next have athletes participating at Angel's race in Lynchburg, VA and the Smith Mountain Lake triathlon near Moneta, VA.