Rudyard Summerfest Triathlon
July 30, 2000
as reportd by www.CoolRunning.com
The fourth annual Rudyard Lions Summerfest Triathlon went without a hitch, the weather cooperated Beautifully! but a little warm. 75 degrees by 9:00AM; 90 by noon. A little warm by Yooper standards. Lots of water was available and everyone hydrated very well. This race attracted about 20 'newbies' who were tri-ing triathlon for the first time! With our shorter distances and a pool swim, this race seems a little less intimidating than others, but that's not to say it wasn't competitive. Several competed as relay teams, two as husband-wife teams. The course was laid out to take advantage of all the hills you can find in this typically flat area. A brisk out & back 5K run went over the Pine River & took advantage of the valley & bridge twice. The 24 K bike route finds some rolling hills about 4 miles north of town and continue for 5 miles before dumping into a flat open road back to town where a tailwind pushed a few riders near 30 MPH. A quick transition and a jump in the pool for 22 lengths to the finish. The 84 degree water made for a no-wetsuit swim, rare in the U.P. The Rudyard Lions provided a pot-luck lunch during the awards. They insist that EVERYONE eats, not just the athletes. They realize without the support of friends and family, the athletes would not be here. Big thanks go out to the Rudyard Boy Scouts who marshalled several road intersections and the Rudyard Piranha Swim Club who provided the lap counters in the pool.
The 5K run was lead by Eric Piscopo followed by John Cameron, Larry Kemp, Alan Jarvie and Brent Malaski. The last two being relay team members. The athletes then mounted bikes for a 24K ride north of town on a circular loop. Brendon Ewers (team) was first the bike finisher followed by Tom Piippo, John Cameron, Stew Blake and Mark Lesinski. The bikers then traded their helmets for swim goggles for a brisk pool swim. The top five finished the race in the same order they entered the pool, all being relatively equal swimmers. Overall individual male winner was Tom Piippo from Rudyard. Overall female winner was Mary Connor of Marquette. First relay team and fastest time of the day went to Theresa Brimmer (runner) and Brendon Ewers (bike & swim) of Marquette. (Brendon holds the course record, but cannot run this year because of a foot injury).
Run 5K -- Bike 24K -- Swim 0.5K
Place Name Age City Time 1 Tom Piippo 43 Rudyard, MI 1:06:11 2 John Cameron 35 Sault, Ont 1:06:49 3 Stew Blake 37 Sault Ont 1:08:04 4 Mark Lesinski 45 Charlevoix, MI 1:08:30 5 Mark Oberman 23 Cedar, MI 1:09:27 6 Eric Piscopo 48 Sault, Ont 1:09:32 7 Chris Coraggio 43 Marquette, MI 1:10:13 8 William Sage 33 Gaithersburg, MD 1:15:30 9 Mary Connor 41 Marquette, MI 1:17:53 10 Lynn Hartman 20 Ovid, MI 1:18:26 11 Randy Jensen 46 Marquette, MI 1:19:25 12 Larry Kemp 17 Eaton Rapids, MI 1:19:30 13 Jake Rankinen 15 Champion, MI 1:19:46 14 Andy Verhanne 19 Escanaba, MI 1:20:15 15 Glenda Culbertson 22 Marquette, MI 1:22:35 16 Ed Westlund 55 Sault, Ont. 1:23:19 17 Bob Mayer 43 Clio, MI 1:23:57 18 Mike Segorski 53 Gladstone, MI 1:25:47 19 Alan Sloan 67 Sault, Ont. 1:28:15 20 Marg Meincke 46 Sault, Ont 1:30:28 21 Ashley Baker 26 Beverly Hills, MI 1:30:36 22 Julie Johanningsmeier 37 Howell, MI 1:32:22 23 Melanie Conway 40 Harrison, MI 1:36:02 24 Carole Lee 55 Cedar River, MI 1:36:06 25 Nolan Jensen 12 Marquette, MI 1:37:33 26 Dick Jenkins 61 Escanaba, MI 1:40:25 27 Al Salmi 56 Rapid River, MI 1:41:49 28 Mary Miller 17 Sault, MI 1:41:55 29 Jim Elzinga 64 Conway, MI 1:42:28 30 Christine Axer 34 Howell, MI 1:42:56 31 John Ostman 61 Escanaba, MI 1:43:59 32 Mark Szymczak 32 Mt. Pleasant, MI 1:44:37 33 Wendy Meraglia 33 Sault, Ont. 1:46:10 34 Ashley Oliver 12 Ironwood, MI 1:48:09 35 Jamie Stelmaszek 40 Kinross, MI 1:52:34 36 Janice McKay 54 Charlevoix, MI 1:54:31 37 Ted Polzin 25 Alberta, Can. 2:02:54 38 Terese Trost 46 Royal Oak, MI 2:14:53 39 Patricia Milligan 74 Sault, MI 2:21:36 Team Results Place Names Events City Time 1 Brendon Ewers B,S Marquette Theresa Brimmer R Marquette 1:04:28 2 Evan Jellison S Rudyard Brent Malaski R Rudyard Kim Cheney B Rudyard 1:09:24 3 Alan Jarvie R Rudyard Martin Szymczak B Frankenmuth Jason Gerou S Rudyard 1:15:15 4 Daniel Sullivan R,B Boston, MA Anne Melvin S Boston, MA 1:15:19 5 Ben Davey Sault, Ont. Steve Davey Sault, Ont Harold Davey Sault, Ont 1:27:09 6 Rod Kauppila R Rudyard Mike Jellison B Rudyard Gary Davis S Rudyard 1:27:19 7 Harvey KhunKhun R,B Gwinn Alicja KhunKhun S Gwinn 1:56:26