On Wednesday, the first run-canoe-run duathlon of the SLVP 2014 season kicked off with 11 teams and 21 total participants.
Leading the field was the proven duo of Emma Duffany and her uncle, Gene Newman who, together withstood the pressure from the perennial solo competitor, Phil LaMarche. LaMarche led the event after the first 1.25 mile run and most of the paddle leg before being passed by Newman at the end of the water segment.
Duffany would run free over the second run to outdistance her team at the front of the entire field.
LaMarche would maintain the top position in the solo men’s competition with his impressive time of 30:14 which was good enough for second overall.
Wednesday’s event saw several regulars as well as family teams return for the traditional camaraderie and friendly competition that is the trademark of SLVP duathlon series.
Additionally, a few newcomers arrived on the scene and helped to fill out the fields in most of the divisions.
SLVP icon and Rushton Canoe Race Director Chuck Bolesh teamed up with Charles Rouse to take top honors in the men’s team category.
Liz Weir from Gouverneur established herself as the woman to beat in the solo division with a top time of 36:16.
The recurring team of Mary and Jackie Kelly confirmed their top ranking in the women’s team division with their leading time of 36:29.
More photos at www.slvpaddlers.org. The next event on the St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers schedule is the July 18th duathalon.
Team Mixed: Emma Duffany/Gene Newman (Canton) 29:39, Dwight Stevenson/Lorane 31:25, Rorie, John, Johnny and Wyatt Newman (Rennselaer Falls) 33:28.
Solo Men: Phil LaMarche (Canto) 30:14, Allen Kelly (Rennselaer Falls) 33:28.
Team Men: Charles Rouse.Chuck Bolesh (Canton) 35:59, Larry Rowe/Jeff Hunter (West Stockholm) 40:10.
Solo Women: Liz Weir (Gouverneur) 36:16.
Team Women: Mary Kelly/Jackie Kelly (Rensselaer Falls) 36:29, Blance Towne/Kathy Duffany (Canton) 39:04, Pam Rowe/Patty Hunter (West Stockholm) 43:20.