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Racers flood Lake Anna

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Racers enter Lake Anna for the start of the 1.2-mile swim, the first leg of the long distance triathlon race.

More than 1,000 people gathered in Lake Anna State Park on May 11-12 for the Kinetic Triathlon Festival. The two-day event consisted of three triathlon races and several duathlon events.

“Everything went well,” Greg Hawkins, owner of Kinetic Multisports, the company that organized the event, said. “The weather cooperated with us, especially on Sunday. It didn’t start raining until about 30 minutes after the awards ceremony.”

The weekend was overcast, which Hawkins said made for more competitive races.

“When it’s overcast and cool, it allows people to push themselves harder,” he said. “Last year, the weather was just brutally hot. This year was a welcome reprieve from that.”

Saturday’s races consisted of a long distance triathlon (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run) and an Olympic distance triathlon (1,500-meter swim, 24-mile bike ride and 6-mile run). The long distance race began at 7 a.m. and the Olympic race started at 7:30 a.m. Just over 600 athletes competed in the races.

Samuel Johnmeyer, of Alexandria, was the first athlete to cross the finish line, completing the Olympic course in two hours, 14 minutes and 44.4 seconds. Joe Munchak, of Silver Springs, Maryland, finished second with a time of 2:15:08.3 and Mike Stanek, of Washington D.C., rounded out the top three, coming in at 2:15:45.

Hilary Cairns, of Washington D.C., was the first female finisher in the Olympic triathlon, finishing seventh overall with a time of 2:19:00.7. Cecelia Williams, of Charlottesville, and Rachel Wheeler Northup, of Richmond, came in second and third with respective times of 2:20:03.3 and 2:23:20.6.

“It was a fast course with a lot of great competitors,” Dave Carter, of New York, who finished 10th overall in the Olympic triathlon, said. “It was a lot of fun.”

(Article by Joseph Haney)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s May 16, 2019 issue.

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