Mansius, Robbins work to firsts in Medomak Valley TriathlonAbaldo, Felch, Simmons combine to record fastest time
Union — The field may have been small in the inaugural year, but that did not mean those who participated as individuals or as members of teams were not tested during the first annual Medomak Valley Triathlon Aug. 25, an event held in and around Ayer Park on Seven Tree Pond.
When the final runner had finished the course, Donald Mansius, 53, of Appleton was the male winner in one hour and 13 minutes and Kelly Robbins, 49, of Waldoboro the first female finisher in 1:20. The fastest time of the event was recorded by the team of Julian Abaldo (swim), Gavin Felch (bike) and Riley Simmons (run) in 1:08. Simmons is age 15 of Rockland, Felch 15 of Union and Abaldo 13 of Rockland.
The course included a quarter-mile swim in Seven Tree Pond, a 13-mile bike ride from Ayer Park, around Rt. 17 to Wotton's Mill Road and back to Ayer Park by Rt. 131, and a 3.3-mile run down Rt. 235 to Come Spring Lane, up Ayer Hill Road (now known by the runners as "Heartbreak Hill") and back to Ayer Park.
The "sprint" triathlon, held in idyllic late-summer weather, was sponsored by the Medomak Valley High School Class of 2015, with nearly 40 students, parents and interested friends helping, from monitoring the swim in boats, to cutting fruit, to holding marking arrows, to timing the race, said event organizer Susan Jones.
Jones said the Class of 2015 plans to hold the event again next year.
The participants and times from each age group included:
50-64: 1, Mansius, 1:13; 2, Kristina Panayotoff, 1:31; 3, Anne Gould, 1:36; 4, Emily Davis, 1:39; and 5, Rosemary Ruiz, 1:50.
35-49: 1, Josiah Casas, 1:16; 2, Grant Sorterup, 1:18; 3, Robbins, 1:20; 3, Tom Farrell, 1:21; 4, Mark Andrews, 1:23; 5, Amy Wilton, 1:28; and 6, Laurie Stiles, 1:45.
18-34: 1, Tracy Gould, 1:34.
Under age 18: 1, Mark McCluskey, 1:22.
Teams: 1, Abaldo, Felch and Simmons, 1:08; and 2, Alyssa McCluskey and Calvin Mako, 1:22.
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