Morden International Triathlon 2012 0
It was a test of endurance for athletes in Morden this past weekend as the 3rd Wave Triathlon Club hosted the 30th annual Morden Triathlon.
The Saturday events include a Half-Ironman and Half-Ironman relay as well as the shorter variety of Foilman and Foilman Relay and the Duathlon.
Sunday was reserved for the Kids of Steel Races as well as the Try-a-Tri and Try-a-Du for those looking to ease their way into the sport.
The race began with the swimming portion at Colert Beach followed by the bike course that continued on from the beach on to a challenging ride into the valley along Highway 3. The race concluded with a run through Morden's community paths, through Minnewasta Golf Course and into downtown Morden.
The half ironman included a 1.9 km swim followed by 90 km on the bike and a 21 km run.
There were 72 participants including 49 men and 18 women with an average time of 6:03:53.9. Five competitors did not finish.
Chris Graham of Winnipeg took first place with a total time of 4:35:05.9 including times of 28:29 in the swim, 2:29:23 in the bike portion and 1:37:15 in the run portion.
Les Friesen, the 2011 winner from Steinbach, came in second at 4:38:24.8. His times including 34:11 in the swim, 2:30:21 in the bike and 1:33:54 in the run.
Jamie Blunden of Oakbank - who came in second last year - fell to third this year at 4:56:45.2. He recorded times on 37:49 in the swim, 2:34:29 in the bike and 1:44:29 in the run.
Rich Dreger of Winnipeg took fourth place at 4:57:57.0 including times of 34:36 in the swim, 2:37:07 in the bike and 1:46:15 in the run. Darren Cote of Winnipeg, who was third in 2011, placed fifth at 5:00:49.9 including times of 35:53 in the swim, 2:38:22 in the bike and 1:46:37 in the run.
The top female was Nicole Mulder of Winnipeg in 11th place overall at 5:22:34.1 including 37:27 in the swim, 3:03:32 in the bike and 1:41:36.
The top relay team out of four in the Half Ironman relay was Team Soltis at 5:13:47.2 including time of 42:15 in the swim, 2:47:49 in the bike and 1:43:45 in the run.
The foilman competition had 67 participants including 44 men and 22 women who took on the challenge of a 950 m. swim then 30 km on the bike and a 10.5 km run. One competitor did not finish.
Clayton Heppner of Brandon took first with a time of 1:59:02.91 including 19:42 in the swim, 50:39 in the bike and 48:44 in the run.
The top female in 18th place was Bernadine Smith of Winnipeg at 2:12:35.3 including 17:41 in the swim, 1:00:04 in the bike and 54:51 in the run.
Local competitors did well in this competition and included:
- Kevin Earl of Morden (third at 2:01:17.3)
- Devan Pohl of Morden (12th at 2:08:18.5)
- Scott Friesen of Altona (14th at 2:08:52.0)
- Louw Greyling of Winkler (24th at 2:19:39.5)
- David Haines of Morden (27th at 2:21:37.4)
- Tracy MacNair of Carman (36th at 2:30:59.1),
- Derek Peters of Morden (38th at 2:32:24.1)
- Brent VanKoughnet of Carman (40th at 2:32:32.9)
- Bob Meakin of Morden (45th at 2:35:29.4)
- Trudi Wall of Morden (59th at 3:02:52.0)
- Sara Convery of Morden (61st at 3:16:36.2)
- Amber Guenther of Morden (66th at 3:47:41.5).
Changing Lanes was the best of the three foilman relay teams with a time of 2:08:23.8 including 18:24 in the swim, 59:13 in the bike and 50:48 in the run.
There were 17 competitors including 11 men and six women in the duathlon, which included a 5 km. swim, 30 km. on the bike and a 10 km. run.
Colin Sibilleau of Morden took first with a time of 2:14:52.1 including 23:40 in the swim, 55:53 in the bike and 55:20 in the run.
Nancy Kroupa of Winnipeg was the top female in fourth at 2:35:48.9 including 28:28 in the swim, 1:08:05 in the bike and 59:17 in the run.
Other local competitors included:
- Megan Banman of Morden (fifth at 2:36:31.5)
- Nancy Bezan of Roland (10th at 2:54:20.1)
- Luke Joyner of Morden (15th at 3:11:03.3)
- Susan Doell of Morden (16th at 3:48:12.6)
Results for the Kids of Steel, Try-a-Tri and Try-a-Du competitions held Sunday were not yet available at press time.