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Colonial Beach Triathlons, huge challenge for area and visiting athletes

Jumping from the frying pan and into the fire! Life in the often-turbulent lane of triathlon sports occupied the minds of nearly 700 athletes vying for the bragging rights of the 30th annual 2014 Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai YMCA Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon and Pohanka Honda YMCA Colonial Beach International Triathlon. Athletes from throughout the eastern seaboard traveled to test their physical skills against the elements associated with Colonial Beach.


At the end of the two-day annual event, athletes both male and female celebrated their personal triumphs over heat and exhaustion.

 

2014 Pohanka Nissan/Hyundai YMCA Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon
Forty-seven year old Annapolis, MD resident, Teresa Koebel won the overall women’s portion of the race with a time of 1:14.54, while 25-year old Barrett Lehardy of Roanoke, placed first overall for the men with a time of 1:02.07. Barrett beat last year’s time by 8 minutes. Koebel fell short of the last year’s top women’s finish by less than a minute.

Sprint athletes, both men and women were required to swim 750 meters around a circle of buoys stationed along the Potomac River, bike 14 miles, and run five miles to complete the event. Athletes ages 13 to 73 competed in the event.  
Featured King George women athletes included Kelly Miller, who placed first in the 20-24 category (1:28.48), and Elizabeth Guthrie, who finished fourth in the 65-69 division with a time of 2:03.01.

Kristin Staples of Colonial Beach finished 14th in the 50-54 division with a time of 1:31.51.

Other notable top women’s finishers included: Susan Swanson, Masters, Norfolk, 1:22.11; Natalie Behn, Athena, McLean, 1:29.51; Kate Miles, Military, Poquoson, 1:30.31; Dawn Gills, Novice, Falls Church, 1:24.57; Katherine Lobeda, 6-15, Fairfax, 1:25.44; Katherine Yasnowsky, 16-19, Midlothian, 1:22.58; Aspen Spath, 25-29, Sterling, 1:21.36; Victoria Anderson, 30-34, Washington, DC, 1:21.36; Casey Smith, 35-39, Richmond, 1:17.32; Patricia Holland, 40-44, Smithfield, 1:26.03; Jami Callahan-Brill, 45-49, Hampton, 1:28.18; Barb Lawrence, 50-54, Haymarket, 1:31.21; Debra Spatz, 55-59, Port Republic, MD, 1:29.13; Laurie Fahi, 60-64, Leesburg, 1:38.22; Karen Keegan, 65-69, 1:57.14.

Featured King George men’s sprint participants included: Richard Zjawin, Military, 5th, 1:45.29; Stephen Dorton (25-29), 4th, 1:23.12; Adrian Shaw (45-49), 18th, 2:04.19; Bill Wikle (50-59), 14th, 1:31.51.

Montross resident, Frank Selby finished 6th in the 65-69 category with a time of 1:55.55.

Other notable top men’s sprint finishers included: David Colman, Military, Arlington, 1:21.38; Whit Clements, Clydesdales, Richmond, 1:5`.21; David McCready, Arlington, 1:29.26; Arrum Elmakis, Novice, Midlothian, 1:27.55; Pace Palmer, 6-15, Carrolton, 1:22.26; Matthew Piper, 16-19, Richmond, 1:07.19; Justin Steward, 20-24, Weems, 1:12.29; Kevin Walton, 25-29, Woodbridge, 1:14.08; Andre Cillers, 30-34, Washington, DC,  1:16,55; George Worrell, 35-39, Goldsboro, NC, 1:09.50; Darren Beilstein, 40-44, Williamsburg, 1:15.44; Bill Deaton, 45-49, Ruckersville, 1:13.55; Douglas Landau, 50-54, Oakhill, 1:15.52; Greg Guinther, 55-59, Richmond, 1:17.20; Robert Jones, 60-64, Virginia Beach, 1:20.37; John Tansey, 45-69, Williamsburg, 1:31.47; Brian Warner, 70-74, Stafford, 1:43.37.

Pohanka Honda YMCA Colonial Beach International Triathlon
On the second day of the triathlon, athletes left nothing to chance during the international portion of the race. Athletes’ endurance requirements included: 1500-meter swim, 40K bike, and 10K run.

Proof that lightning can strike twice in the same event was 28 year old Alexandria, resident, Kyra Wiens. She was the women’s overall 2014 international winner with a time of 2:14.42, and prior to this year, she was the overall winner of last year’s event, where she finished with a time of 2:20.13.

Other notable women’s international finishes included: Cortney Martin, Masters, Blacksburg, 2:29.16; Nathalie Behn, Athena, 2:54.17; Jennifer Lipscomb, Norfolk, 2:53.20; Susanne Croy, Novice, Vienna, 3:56.20; Laura Sullivan, 16-19, Vienna, 2:24.50; Courtney Melia, 20-24, Glen Allen, 2:22.42; Laura Palmer, 25-29, Elliottt City, MD, 2:22.37; Katherine Tobin, 30-34, Washington, DC, 2:27.36; Julia Bryan, 35-39, 2:24.01; Kristin McCann, 40-44, Alexandria, 2:44.04; Rose Kehoe, 45-49, Arlington, 2:41.21; Jane Kelly-Langford, Montclair, 2:42.51; Susan Swanson, 55-59, Norfolk, 2:14.31; Ann Reever, 60-64, Frederick, MD, 3:39.24; Barbara Mathewson, 65-69, 2:50.56.

Daniel Isaacson, finished first overall with a time of 1:59.47. The 23-year old New York resident crushed the 2013 men’s time of 2:13.11, set by Joel Bell of Virginia Beach. Bell took first in this year’s division with a time of 2:06.32.
The lone male representative from King George was Matt Wilson, who finished 17th in the 30-34 age group with a time of 2:48.00.

Notable male first place finishers included: Derek Byrd, Military, Burke, 2:14.24; Todd Smith, Master Clydesdales, Lorton, 2:50.20; Bob Marietta, Novice, Chesapeake, 2:40.46; Matthew Stann, 6-15, Reston, 2:53.29; Bryan Meade, Arlington, 16-19, 2:25.19; Ian King, 20-24, Virginia Beach, 2:06,10; Matt Mlachak, 25-29, Poquoson, 2:09.24; Scott Shumate, 30-34, Virginia Beach, 2:06.53; Shaun Nichols, 35-39, Chester, 35-39, 2:09.08; Lee Boyer, 40-44, Alexandria, 2:12.32; Ken Younts, 45-49, Chapel Hill, NC, 2:12.47; Al Rogers, 50-54, Richmond, 2:17.14; Greg Guither, 55-59, Richmond, 2:32.25; Mark Wigfield, 60-64, Arlington, 2:34.15; John Tansey, 65-69, Williamsburg, 3:20.45; Franci Schauer, Jr., 70-74, Alexandria, 2:49.11.

Leonard Banks
Sports editor

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