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Colonial Beach Triathlon festival attracts top athletes

Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai, YMCA Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon 2013 results
Every year, athletes from all over the state test their aquatic, biking and running prowess at the annual Colonial Beach Triathlon Festival. The festival consists of a sprint and international events that take place over two days on the streets and waterways of Colonial Beach.


The swim portion begins with a one-loop 750-meter swim in the Potomac river. Soon after, participants embark on a generally flat 14 mile bike course through mostly rural countryside. Later during their return to the beach athletes will run on a flat, 5K course. After each event, athletes will then be treated to a post-race feast.

Forty-four year old Chesapeake resident Stefan Bruendermann won the men’s overall Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai, YMCA Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon with a time of 1:10.15. As for the women, Hampton resident, 31-years old Michelle Bozarth distanced herself from the pack with overall time of 1:13.20.

Other notable category female winners included: Masters: Leslie Knibb, Washington, D.C., 50, 1:15.58; 1-15: Elly Sherman, Cumming, GA, 13, 1:27.40; 16-20, Avery Gillem, Williamsburg, 16, 1:24.55; 20-24: Courtney Melia, Glen Allen, 21, 1:16.20; 25-29: Phobe Markle, Arlington, 29, 1:24.02; 30-34: Molly Clemons, Fincastle, 34 1:24.48; 35-39, Rachel Northrup, Richmond, 38, 1:15.22; 40-44: Holly Northup, Newport News, 44, 1:26.44; 45-49: Connie Glueck, Williamsburg, 49, 1:22.18; 50-54, Susan Swanson, Norfolk, 54, 1:24.18; 55-59: Nadine Taylor-Tobler, Montgomery Village, Md., 1:39.40; 60-64, Betsy Henderson, Roanoke, 60, 1:25.26; 65-69, Karen Jacobs, Virginia Beach, 68, 1:56.24.

Other notable category male winners included: Masters: Wes Hayes, Dumfries, 47, 1:12.06; 1-15: Jack Knibb, Washington, D.C., 14, 1:27.44; 16-19: Neil Schubel, Fredericksburg, 16, 1:16.27; 20-24: Alex David, Richmond, 22 1:15.47; 25-29: Matthew Pugh, Chesterfield, 27, 1:14.35; 30-34: Joey Hess, Fredericksburg, 33, 1:11.27; 35-39: John Conway, Fredericksburg, 39, 1:15.53; 40-44: Douglas Dudgeon, Stafford, 44, 1:176.21; 45-49: Don Lobeda, Fairfax, 49, 1:26.56; 50-54: George Sabol, Virginia Beach, 50, 1:19.15; 55-59: Mark Wigfield, Arlington, 59, 1:23.09; 60-64, Bruce Pully, Gloucester, 63, 1:23.49; 65-69, Nick May, Virginia Beach, 65, 1:38.23; 70-74: James Chapman, Lovettsville, 72, 1:52.52.

Money raised from the festival benefits the Rappahannock Area YMCA, and the programs it uses to benefit the community.

 

Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai, YMCA Colonial Beach International Triathlon 2013 results
The Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai, YMCA Colonial Beach International Triathlon consists of a 1500-meter open water swim, 40K bike competition, and a 10K run. Thirty-nine year-old Virginia Beach resident Joel Bell won the men’s overall portion of the event with a time of 2:13.11. As for the women’s overall winner, 27-year old Kyra Weiens, from Alexandria finished seven seconds behind Bell with a time of 2:20.13.

Other notable category female winners included: Masters: Courtney Matlin, Blacksburg, 46, 2:33.22; 16-19: Taylor Chamness, Annandale, 19, 3:11.11; 20-24: Kate Buss, Blacksburg, 20, 2:24.49; 25-29: Jemila Najjar-Keith, Wharton, N.J., 26, 2:55.56; 30-34: Margaret Chadbourn, Washington, D.C., 31, 2:36.54; 35-39: Rachel McCarthy, Falls Church, 37, 2;33.49; 40-44: Carol Currey, Springfield, 2:41.34; 45-49: Karen Kovacs, Hayes, 47, 2:38.38; 50-54: Susan Swanson, Norfolk, 54, 2:44.44; Elizabeth Carol, Mechanicsville, Md., 58, 2:11.53; 60-64: Barbara Matthewson, Virginia Beach, 64, 2:52.01.

Other notable category male winners included: Masters: Thomas McElligott, Richmond, 50, 2:18.15; 16-19: Jason Wertz, Chesapeake, 2:28.15; 20-24: Liam O’Connor, Alexandria, 20, 2:22.25; 25-29: Matthew Buda, Arlington, 25, 2:15.48; 30-34: William Vanise, Potomac, Md., 30, 2:18.10; 35-39: Phil Reutlinger, Alexandria, 35, 2:16.46; 40-44: Steven Smith, Hampton, 44, 2:23.30; 45-49, Hunter Hobson, Alexandria, 48, 2:24.11; 50-54: Brian Bortell, Midlothian, 50, 2:23.29; 55-59: Steve Giorgis, Herndon, 59, 2:25.17; 60-64: Courtney Chapman, Richmond, 61, 2:49.40; 65-69: Thomas Waldrop, Midlothian, 67, 2:45.13.

Other category triathlon events during the two-day festival featured aqua bike, military, novice, and relay.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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