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First triathlon goes off without a hitch

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

People from Norwalk to Chicago, first-timers to iron man competitors and plenty of spectators all were on hand Saturday at the first Fisher-Titus Medical Center Maple City Triathlon.

The event was held at the Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

The race started in the water with the male 20 to 29 age group and then every two minutes after another group would start the race. After about 50 minutes every participant had finished the 800-meter swim about half a mile.

"I think it's great," Paula Raney, a volunteer and spectator said. "I give these people a lot of credit for just finishing."

After the swim, participants followed orange cones up to the transition area. At the transition area, participants put on their biking clothes and started their 16-mile bike ride.

When they finished the bike ride they came back to the transition area, put their bike away and started the final leg of the race, the 3.1-mile run.

"It was good; you just had to keep going. The worst part was going from the bike to the run," first-time triathlete Tommy Schlotterer said.

The first person to cross the finish line was Shannon Kurek, who finished the race in an hour and 13 minutes.

The spectators were very enthusiastic. Some even made T-shirts for their favorite participant to cheer them on.

The only accident that occurred happened on the bike course said Niki Cross, event coordinator. The person did not have any major injuries but bad road rash that kept him from continuing the race. There also were a couple of people who didn't finish the race.

"It was my first time, so learning what a triathlon is like and learning about the transition area was fun," Adam Laskos said. "I'm a big runner, so getting used to the bike and swim was a challenge."

The race took about two hours and 45 minutes for everyone to cross the finish line.

"The best part is that we had beautiful weather, a lot of new people and to see them cross that finish line was heartwarming," Cross said.

Prizes were given to the top three in each age group.

The top male overall was Shannon Kurek, of Alexandria, and the top female overall was Pam Harpst, of Blissfield, Mich.

"Since there was such a good response, we plan on doing the same thing next year two months to rest then plan for next year," Cross said. "It was just an amazing event and everyone helping made it a dream come true."

Here are the results:

Male Age Group 11-14

Eric Yuhas

Male Age Group 15-17

Shane Tobin

Michael Yuhas

George Curtis

Male Age Group 18-19

Garrett Dauch

Anthony Baratta

Peter Fisher

Male Age Group 20-24

Thilo Fiedler

Brenden Seidel

Gregory Ratti

Male Age Group 25-29

Jay Sizemore

Ryan Wallis

Rob Scoresby

Male Age Group 30-34

Joshua Risner

Mark Salsberry

Kris Ruble

Male Age Group 35-39

Shannon Kurek

Ben Hastings

Mark Lovett

Male Age Group 40-44

Patrick Murray

Richard Bauer Jr.

William MacDonald

Male Age Group 45-49

Mark Lemmon

Ed Hamm

Jeffrey Greene

Male Age Group 50-54

Jim Maul

Tom Carnahan

Jim Collins

Male Age Group 55-59

Henry Windle

Steve Siesel

William Stirgwolt

Female Age Group 11-14

Amy Yuhas

Female Age Group 15-17

Jessie Cole

Female Age Group 18-19

Danielle Sidell

Female Age Group 20-24

Abbey Stirgwolt

Jonni Perkins

Laura Reichel

Female Age Group 25-29

Haley Scheich

Rebecca Bowman

Monica Asher

Female Age Group 30-34

Angie Ray

Cindy Myers

Keelie McNamara

Female Age Group 35-39

Natalie Wesner

Jennifer Arthur

Amy Ramey

Female Age Group 40-44

Natalie Wakulchik

Marilyn DeJesus

Colleen Murray

Female Age Group 45-49

Panoula Harpst

Jan Tyler

Sharon Brown

Female Age Group 50-54

Deborah Bogden

Robin Brady

Female Age Group 55-59

Christine Ryan

Team 2 Coed

Kathy Root

Michelle Dow

Team 2 Female

Pam Carnahan

Lisa Munroe

Team 2 Male

Andrew Deak

Terrance Daley

Tom Kueterman

Team 3 Coed

Darin Carlson

Mark Hagans

Team 3 Male

Brad Cooley

Kevin Held

Team 3 Coed

Monica Nash

Kathleen Robertson

Christy Wilcox

Team 3 Female

Leslie Root

Deborah Sommers

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