Racers entered the water in the order of registration. John Collins was the first Bomber in the water, first leg of a relay team, and also the first swimmer overall out of the water. His swim time was just over 8 minutes, and with everyone knowing how strong a swimmer he is, that started the grumbling in the crowd about the swim course being “long” this year (longer than the posted 1/3mile). It was fun to watch y’all jump in the water & take off one after the other! Everyone was looking strong coming out of the water and taking off on the bike (except for Tim Shaw, who forgot to put his bike shoes in transition and had to run back to his truck to get them- oops!).
The bike course was great- rolling hills, nothing too steep, and the wind was negligible today. With the one-at-a-time swim starts, it was hard for me to judge who was in the lead on the bike segment. I felt really sorry for the guy who was second coming in from the course- when I saw him coming back toward me, he was stuck behind a very aromatic dump truck. Danny Cook was one of the lead cyclists. I could tell Mike Brown & Allen Stanfield were really closing some ground on the racers ahead of them, because their registration numbers were both in the 100’s and they were mixed in with cyclists in the 30’s & 40’s numbers. Once I got past Taylor Road, I couldn’t see any more returning bikers, so I hope someone else can fill in the details.
The run course was part on-road and part off-road. As I came back in from the bike course, I saw several of our runners looking really strong on the Parkway. I probably shouldn’t have been cheering for them because I think I was startling some people. Mike, Katya, JG, Megan Davis, and Leah Watters were looking good. I was curious to see who would win with Cicely vs. Leah, and Cicely had entered the water sooner but Leah was very close behind her. Some of you athletes will have to fill me in on the off-road part, because I didn’t run. I heard there were some soft, muddy spots, with one section washed out completely.
I missed the first several runners coming across the finish line, but I got a lot of finish line pics. My camera battery died right as Ty Watters was coming in, but fortunately the woman in the house at the finish line let me charge it for a few minutes. The Tri Bombs had a very impressive showing at the awards ceremony. Allen Stanfield was overall champion- yay Allen! How about that 22-second transition #2??? Just scanning the results, looked like the fastest of the day. Maybe I could do that, if I didn’t like to sit down and rest so much. By the way Allen, you have now set yourself up to be the coach-for-a-day auction next year, and I am totally going to bid on that just to force you to do a race at my speed!
The guys all finished really strong. Michael Logan won the Clydesdale division. Mark Roberts, Pete Pritchard, and Terry Bailey won second in their age groups, and Danny Cook won third in his age group. We had several guys who were thiiiiiis close: Ryan Webb, JG Fikes, Scott Hawkins, and Tyler Watters were all within less than two minutes of placing, and Mike Brown only missed a trophy by four seconds (ouch).
The ladies raced just as well! Leah was second female overall and won her age group. Katy Roberts placed second in her age group, and Megan & Katya placed third in their age groups. Tish Collier was second-place Athena, shaving 20 minutes off her time from last year! Ellisa Brown barely missed a trophy, too.
Overall, it was a great race. Fantastic course that was very well-organized and supported. Plenty of food and cold adult refreshments at the after-party. It was a great start to the 2012 triathlon season. Let’s all petition Run N Tri to put this event on twice a year! See you at the races.