Triathlon a ‘great success’
23rd running of Carbonear event featured ideal weather, tough competition
A former resident of Carbonear had a triumphant homecoming earlier this month by finishing first in the female category at the 23rd Carbonear Sprint Triathlon.
After trailing archrival Katherine MacBay of St. John’s through the swim and the bicycle segment of the race, Victoria Ralph set a blistering pace in the running event to claim her second victory in three years at the annual competition.
Ralph, who is a member of the Memorial University cross-country running team and a Canada Games athlete, was second to Caroline Mcilroy at the 2010 event. Mcilroy did not compete this year.
“It was a very good race,” Ralph said at the finish line on July 17.
Just over 90 participants took part in this year’s race, which was down considerably from the roughly 140 who entered in 2009 and 2010.
Race co-chair Randy Harris didn’t seem fazed by the drop in numbers.
“ There were no crashes, no injuries, and nobody got lost. The weather was fantastic. It was great,” said Harris, who is a member of the Carbonear recreation commission.
Harris said it took nearly 60 volunteers to organize the race, which he described as “one of the better triathlons in the province.”
Dyke finishes second
There was plenty of drama in the mens’ division, with Jordan Baird of Marystown claiming the upset victory over perennial champ Stephen Dyke of St. John’s. It was a reversal of last year’s 1-2 finish, which saw Dyke edge Baird for the win.
And in one of the more inspiring moments of the race, 69-year-old Don Butt of Carbonear, the oldest competitor to complete all three events, drew plenty of cheers as he crossed the finish line.
Butt has competed in “ 15 or 20” Carbonear triathlons, he said.
“Right now this is a high for me,” Butt said, his voice steady and his smile broad just minutes after finishing the race.
Butt took up swimming, and later bicycling and running, after a health scare in his mid-30s. He was 208 pounds, had high cholesterol and was living a sedentary lifestyle.
Today, he runs five days-a-week, swims three to four day-a-week, and bicycles at least two days.
Several years ago, Butt bicycled and ran across the province in just over 10 days. He’s competed in halfmarathon races, and plans to compete in the Gander triathlon next month.
He’s a strong advocate of physical fitness and healthy living. He rarely gets sick, has plenty of energy, and exudes confidence.
“I’d hate to think where I’d be if I had to continue on the same path,” he said.
The following, meanwhile, is a brief summary of the results:
• 20 and under — Skye Fisher (1:16:14); Sarah Hisock (1:54:26)
• Ages 21-29 — Victoria Ralph (1:08:44); Katherine MacBay (1:09:39); Melanie Irvine (1:10:35)
• Ages 30-39 — Stephanie Porter (1:13:19); Kaaren May (1:21:35)
• Ages 40-49 — Paula Kelly (1:14:05); Partricia Goode (1:16:39); Anne Mack (1:22:02)
• Ages 50-59 — Abigail Steel (1:11:36); Yvonne Martin (1:32:44); Linda Hensman (1:34:50)
• 20 and under — Jordan Baird ( 56: 16); Geordie Summers-Lubar (1:00:27); Landon Fisher (1:06:20)
• Ages 21-29 — Jonathan Slaney (58:40); Ryan Brown (1:00:52); Tyler Cole (1:02:19)
• Ages 30-39 — Shawn Stratton (58:59); Chris Roberts (1:01:20); Jason Pretty (1:06:34)
• Ages 40-49 — Stephen Dyke (56:38); Andre Engelbrecht (1:08:32); Derek Galway (1:11:18)
• Ages 50-59 — Ray Baird (1:14:54); Rick Flynn (1:20:39); Andrew Peacock (1:24:09)
• Ages 60-plus — Gary Burden (1:18:33); Don Butt (1:43:39)
First — KerryAnn Evely, Kerry Evely and Tim Ennis (1:16:39)
Second — Allison Somers and Dwayne Maloney (1:19:17)
Third — Kathleen White, Janelle Dakins and Lesley Chafe (1:20:36)
Carbonear’s Katie Slade races up the beach of Freshwater Pond after finishing the swim in the CarbonearSprint Triathlon.
Race volunteer Adam Hindy (left) hands off a cup of water to racer John Outerbridge of St. John’s.
Carbonear’s Don Butt races to the finish line, with Nadine Mills hot on his heels. Butt turns 70 next March.
Shown here racing through the community of Freshwater during the cycling event were, from left, Patricia Goode of Freshwater, Patrick Dalton of St. John’s and Marc Saunders of St. John’s. In the background is Mark Hurley of Carbonear.