The first Maple City Triathlon, staged out of Ogdensburg’s Ed Dobisky Memorial Community Center on Saturday, fulfilled the expectations of everyone involved.
And then some.
The course, the venues and organization of the CGSW Racing which administered the event drew raves from local and visiting participants and Amy Farrell provided the city with a hometown champion.
Farrell, an Ogdensburg native and former world champion in Ironman 70.3 Triathlon who now teaches and coaches in Tupper Lake, came from behind after the swim to take overall honors.
“We prepared for 121 and we kept getting ready for that number even when we knew we weren’t going to get that many,” said Gary Hammond of CGSW Racing which coordinated a host of volunteer officials.
“Things really went well and I know we are going reach of our numbers next year. Our volunteers did an outstanding job, the city and state police were incredible and the city was absolutely great to us.”
As impressive as Farrell was in her performance, she was equally impressed with the event.
“To come here and win at home was really great and the course was perfect,” said Farrell who stood fourth overall after the 750 meter swim from the Greenbelt Boat Launch out and back across the sandbar.
“Route 37 has nice wide shoulders and the run was off the road. You didn’t have to worry about traffic and that is really important.”
Farrell posted to the second best bike time in 20K pedal up to the St. Lawrence State Park and back and then sealed the deal with the second best 5K run out and back on the Maple City Trail.
The 37 year old Farrell finished at 1:08:07, 54 seconds better than the men’s medalist in 17 year old Wyatt Brochert of Cornwall, Ont 1:09:01.38. Brochert outkicked Brock Davis 1:09:04.69 of Brockville in the last quarter-mile to gain men’s honors.
“He passed me coming back on the bike and I trailed him until the 400 meters,” said Brochert who logged the best swim and run times of the day and ranked seventh in the bike.
“It was a great race for me and I really wanted to win.”
Rob Allen (1:11:12.95) and Phil Barnes (1:12:20.76 went 4-5.Joe McNamara, who took sixth overall, posted the best bike time of the day.
“The men went off five minutes ahead of us and coming out of the water I figured I was about 2:40 back,” said Farrell who also claimed overall honors among men and women at the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon and is looking forward to the Ironman’s 70.3 Triathlon World Championships on Sept. 7 and hoping to make a run at the title she won in 2009.
Joah Wiltse came out of the water second and went to place seventh overall as the second female finisher in 1:15.23.75 and Stacey Lautenslager was the third female finisher in ninth place.
Rounding out the top five ladies in the field were: Ogdensburg’s Kendra Moran who took 10th in 1:22:03.54 and Christine Geiss who took 12th in 1:23:16.62.
The team title went to trio of OFA junior distance runner Nick Vielhauer and the Gouverneur tandem of biker Byron Dashnaw and swimmer Jase Smith (1:14:47.25). The dynamic duo of Karen Mathews and Andi West took second at 1:22:34.64 and the trio of Jenna Chamberlain, Susie Morrow and Misty Spriggs placed third at 1:26:27.49.
Vielhauer and Dashnaw are looking forward to Wednesday’s 6 p.m. finale of the 2014 Hoswegatchie Duathlon series and a possible rematch with Chuck Langley and Donovan Smith who both won the June and July team races.
The triathlon committee honored Lisbon’s Will Glass for his contributions to bringing triathlon back to the St. Lawrence River. To comemorate the day Glass wore his Red Mills Triathlon tee-shirt.
NOTE: Complete results in a variety of formats and a huge galley of photos will soon be available on the Maple City Triathlon website page.