Triathlon a ‘great suc­cess’

23rd run­ning of Car­bon­ear event fea­tured ideal weather, tough competition

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY TERRYROBERTS

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:

Fe­male

• 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)

Male

• 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)

Team competition

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.

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