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It was a fun weekend for everyone who participated in the 25th annual Pohanka Cadillac Colonial Beach Sprint & Olympic Triathlon. With a litany of athletes coming from nearly every part of Virginia, fans of endurance racing were treated to two days of running, biking and swimming in Colonial Beach.
At 6:50 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 159 athletes participated in the sprint portion of the triathlon. The opening day included a 700-meter swim, a 14-mile bike race and a 5K run. Craig Lauinger was the overall win for men, with a time of 1:05:59. Crystal Marie Pruitt won the women’s overall section with a time of 1:12.20.
Featured first day finishers from the King George area included: Max Bernardes (second in age group, KG); Katie Schlemm (first in age group, KG); George Scott (12th in age group, Montross); Carlin Morris (seventh in age group, CB); Thomas Cook (seventh in age group, KG); Pat Fitzgerald, second in age group, CB).
On the ensuing day, Sunday, 202 athletes pursued the bragging rights to the Olympic part of the triathlon.
Karl Kahsar, a 21 year old from Richmond, was the overall first place finisher for the men with a time of 1:56:26. Michelle Bozarth finished first for the women with a time of 2:13.12.
The following athletes from King George and surrounding counties finished the race out of a field of 202 competitors: Justin Riddle (fifth overall, first in age group, 2008 Colonial Beach Triathlon winner, KG); Alan Moss (second in age group, KG); Debi Bernardes (third in age group); Jack Bernardes (second in age group, KG); Jeff Kraisser (10th in age group, KG); Heide Lynn Baise (sixth in age group, KG); Elizabeth Guthrie (first in age group, KG), Matthew Roberson (13th in age group, KG).
The top three finishers received a cash prize.
Leonard M. Banks, Sports Editor