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Roohi wins 27th Annual Pohanka Nissan Hyundai Honda YMCA Sprint Colonial Beach Triathlon

Speed and endurance is her signature, but the thrill of winning continues to inspire King George resident Molly Roohi. On Saturday, the 30-year veteran triathlete finished first overall in the 27th Annual Pohanka Nissan Hyundai Honda YMCA Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon. Among a field of 114 women, Roohi’s time of 1:14.02 surpassed her closest competitor, Diane Haupt by more than a minute and a half.

 

While Roohi trailed Haupt in the swim event by 25 seconds, she quickly passed the entire field in the bike and running event. With more than 17 marathons under her belt, Roohi is an example of what most athletes aspire to be

Most recently, she competed in the seventh annual Ironman France competition in Nice, France, where she placed fourth in her age group, and 24th overall in the women’s category.

“I was super excited to be there, and to be in any kind of racing form, because I just got back from France, where I did my first Ironman competition,” Roohi said. “I competed in the race last year, and I had so much fun — it’s so close to home.” In light of her success in France, Roohi is thrilled to be qualified for the 2011 Ford World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

 

“It’s been a dream of mine to compete in the World Championships, and I am over the moon ecstatic about it,” she said.

 

Last year, Roohi was ranked first overall among Fredericksburg Area Running Club athletes.

 

Joining Roohi among the top finishers in the sprint portion of the Colonial Beach Triathlon was Allison Moon and Debi Bernardes. While Moon finished third overall with a time of 1:16.43, Bernardes finished sixth overall, and second in her age group with a time of 1:18.15.

 

Overall, 114 women competed in the sprint portion of the triathlon, including five women from the King George area.

 

As for the men, Tim Morris, from Richmond, finished first with a time of 1:05.04. Finishing 25th, Jeffrey Kraisser had the highest placement (1:20.58)  for King George area men. Veteran triathlete and King George resident Fred Cook placed 26th with a time of 1:21.32.

 

The race featured 17 men from the King George area. The race is event 14 of the Virginia Triathlon Series. Demanding and oftentimes rigorous, the course featured a 750-meter swim, a 14-mile bike race, and 5K run.

Olympic Triathlon results

 

On Sunday, on the coastal beaches associated with Colonial Beach, Grayson Cobb, from Blacksburg,  won the 27th Annual Pohanka Nissan Hyundai Honda Colonial Beach Olympic Distance Triathlon. Grayson placed first with a time of 1:59.40, while King George resident Justin Riddle finished 7 seconds behind Grayson.

 

The course featured a 1,500-meter swim, a 40K bike race, and a 10K run.

 

Kate Buss, from Fredericksburg, finished first overall for the women’s portion with a time of 2:15.06.

 

Allison Moon, who placed third in the sprint portion of the event, finished seventh with at time of 2:25.59. Fellow King George resident Michele Tritt finished 54th overall with a time of 3:00.52.

 

The field featured 75 women and 179 men from all across the country. Some of the featured home states included New York and Washington.

 

Both sprint and Olympic competitions featured masters overall, Clydesdales, Masters Clydesdales, Athenas, novice, relays, and age group placements.

 

The top three (1st through third) overall winners (male and female) were awarded $100, $75, and $50.

 

After the race, athletes were treated to a post race feast, as they spent the day in Colonial Beach or the surrounding area.

 

The annual event is a promotional mechanism for the Rappahannock Area YMCA, and the numerous programs associated with it.

Leonard Banks
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