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Colonial Beach Triathlon Festival a huge success!

 Photos by Bonnie Gouvisis

The recent 2012 Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai - YMCA Colonial Beach Triathlon Festival, featuring sprint, and international endurance races, brought out the best in outdoor sports.

 

 

 Hundreds of competitors from around the United States tested their physical boundaries as they embarked on two grueling days battling the elements associated with Colonial Beach. 

The first day or sprint portion featured a 750-meter swim in the Potomac River. The swim was followed by a flat 14-mile bike course through the community’s countryside. During their return to the beach, athletes made a swift transition to a 5K race.

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Winning the women’s portion of the sprint triathlon is nothing new to King George and internationally renowned triathlete Molly Roohi. On the following day, Roohi also saved up enough energy to win the international portion of the triathlon. 

The 31-year-old Fredericksburg educator won the race convincingly by improving her time (1:10:23) by 4.2 seconds to capture her second consecutive Beach area sprint triathlon title. She finished ahead of her nearest competitor, 24-year old Edith Nault (1:12:56) from Poquoson, by a margin of over two minutes. 

Currently, Roohi trails Lynchburg native, Tabitha Combes by 2,042 points in the females age 30-24 group in the Virginia Triathlon Series Standings.

Other King George, and Colonial Beach women who competed in the triathlon included former King George High School cross-country and track & field runner, Melissa Kniceley. She finished the event in 46th place overall with a time of 1:34:22. The race also featured Kristen Staples (64th, 1:40:41) from Colonial Beach, and King George resident, Tracey Sisson (87th, 1:52:43).  

The overall men’s winner was 26-year-old Woodbridge resident, Kevin Walton. Walton won the event with a time of 1:10:29, edging his nearest competitor, Wes Hayes of Dumfries by five seconds. Walton finished 10th overall last year with a time of 1:15:53.

Other Colonial Beach, King George male athletes featured in the race included: Nick Boucher (age 23, 16th, 1:17:45) King George; Tom Boucher (age 49, 72nd, 1:26:30); Bill Wilke (age 49, 106th, 1:31:56); Thomas Setser (age 40, 108th, 1:32:44), Dahlgren; Michael Schrantz (age 52, 112th, 1:33.30), King George; Jeff Temple (age 47, 124th, 1:36.08), King George; Kevin Rexrode (age 40, 128th, 1:36:38), King George; Randolph Felner (age 32, 164th, 1:52:06), Colonial Beach.

As for the team portion of the sprint event, the Shark Amigos, led by long time King George Shark summer swim, and King George High School assistant swim coach Elizabeth Guthrie, finished second at 1:28:09. Guthrie, suffering from a knee injury ignored her pain, and forged ahead to help her team place second out of five teams. Guthrie’s teammates were Christiana Bentz, and Paul Stanton. Bentz and Stanton also serve as assistants to Guthrie.

Guthrie finished second in her age group with a time of 3:42.37. Guthrie has competed in the triathlon for 20 years.

Individual first place female winners included: Molly Roohi, overall, King George, 1:10:23; Susan Swanson, masters, Norfolk, 1:23:25; Alexandra Klimkiewicz, 10-15, 1:26:54; Sarah Rowe, 16-19, Fredericksburg, 1:45:49; Stephanie Hutson, 20-24, Charlottesville, 1:23:10; Charlotte Mcintosh, 25-29, Arlington, 1:21:34: Dina Sulyma, 30-34, Reston, 1:21:34; Patricia Holland, 35-39, Smithfield, 1:22:10; Kathy Sebuck, 40-44, Leesburg, 1:29:20; Jami Callahan-Brill, 45-49, Hampton, 1:26:13; Brenda Barrera, 50-54, Norfolk, 1:27:10; Laurie Fahl, 60-64, Leesburg, 1:34:11; Karen Jacobs, 65-69, Virginia Beach, 1:48:49. 

Individual first place male winners included: Kevin Walton, Woodbridge, overall, 1:10:29; Richard Brokaw, masters, Lewes, DE, 1:11:42; Matt Fontenot, 10-15, Fredericksburg,1:34:06; Matt Colturi, 16-19, Oak Hill, 1:24:47; Brian Bennett, 20-24, Colorado Springs, CO, 1:18:19; Ryan Hoffman, 25-29, Reston, 1:23:33; Michael Coley, 30-34, Stafford, 1:11:19; David Stubb, 35-39, Culpeper, 1:14:41; Matthew Ackley, 40-44, Midlothian, 1:14:17; Anthony Desmet, 45-49, Virginia Beach, 1:17:03; John Lysher, 50-54, Fredericksburg, 1:15:30; Thomas Stroup, 55-59, Great Falls, 1:14:37; Bruce Pully, 60-64, Gloucester Point, 1:21:16; David Breese, Clifton, 1:34:32.

International

The international version of the triathlon featured a 1500-meter swim, 40K bike race, and a 10K run. Roohi continued her dominance, by winning the women’s overall portion with a time of 2:13:35. The overall men’s winner was 18-year old Mike Allison from Meehan Park, PA. He finished the event with a time of 1:57:58.

King George resident, Elizabeth Guthrie finished second in the 60-64 year-old division with a time of 3:42:37

Individual first place women’s winners included: Molly Roohi, overall, King George, 2:13:35; Cheryl McMurray, Fairfax, masters, 2:28:08; Chrissy Esposito, 20-24, Blacksburg; Lindsay Wohford, 25-29, Richmond, 2:49:06; Valerie Oswald, 30-34, Charlottsville, 2:27:51; Connie Dowler, 35-39, Arlington, 2:26:22; Theresa Duane, 40-44, Sandy Hook, 2:39:40; Carol Krill, 45-49, Stafford, 2:37:28; Susan Swanson, 50-54, Norfolk, 2:41:07; Catherine Lee, 55-59, Culpeper, 3:09:54; Sue Dejesus,60-64, Henrico, 2:54:35.

King George male competitors who braved the extended version of the triathlon included: Max Bernardes, King George, 20-24, 2nd place, 2:11:54; Josh Ryskamp, King George, 20-24, 11th place, 3:04:09; Greg Cantrell, 45-49, King George, 2:49:49; Michael Schrantz, King George, 50-54, 3:34:07.

Individual first place male winners included: Mike Allison, overall, Meehan, PA, 1:57:58; Douglas Marocco, masters, Monclair, 2:05:25; William Shields, 10-15, Manassas, 2:19:36; Ian King, Virginia Beach, 2:04:42; Dan Harris, 25-29; Falls Church, 2:05:58; Greg Kraczkowsky, 30-34, Baltimore, MD, 2:12:55: Adam Leed, 35-39, 2:17:04; Jeff Fitch, 40-44, Richmond, 2:15:07; Fulk Baucum, Little Rock, AR, 2:18:43; Richard Brokaw, 50-54, Lewes, DE, 2:19:45; Gary Van Derveer, 55-59, Chesapeake, 2:28:53; Laurence Clark, 60-64, Alexandria, 3:26:27; David Breese, 65-69, Clifton, 3:20:35.

 

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