• Local runner Andy Haas takes first in his age class
By Sean Pearson
Nearly 200 athletes from across the Peninsula — and some from further away — gathered at the Skyview High School pool early Sunday morning to test their mettle in the 2013 “Tri-the-Kenai” triathlon. The three-event marathon for adults consisted of swimming 500 yards, (that’s 20 lengths of the Skyview pool for those of you keeping track), a 10-mile bike ride around Soldotna and a 5-kilometer run along Tsalteshi Trails.
Organizers of the event choose a different beneficiary each year to donate proceeds from the event. This year, funds collected at the race were donated to the Kenai Food Bank.
“The weather was fantastic, and it’s a very well-organized event,” said Homer participant Catriona Lowe. “The course on Tsalteshi is super fun; it’s a joint-friendly trail run, but certainly hilly.”
Lowe said the bicycle ride on city roads was also full of rolling hills, but it was nothing she couldn’t handle.
“So many people complain about the hills, but they are nothing for Homerites who ride East, West and Baycrest hills,” she said.
Lowe’s son Dexter took fourth place in a field of 43 “Ironkids,” finishing the shorter youth course in 28 minutes, 53.3 seconds.
The kids’ course consisted of a 100-yard swim, 4k bike ride and 3k run.
Lowe’s performance was an improvement on his fifth-place finish last year, and he shaved eight minutes off his overall time.
Anchor Point athlete Jeff Jaworski finished sixth in his 35-39 age group, coming in with a time of 1:17:44.4. Homer athletes Andy Haas and Philip Alderfer competed in their first triathlons, and both turned in impressive performances. Haas took first in the men’s 50-54 age group category with a time of 1:13:18.6. Alderfer was fourth in the men’s 45-49 age group.
Haas, Alderfer and Lowe were part of a “swimming for cyclists and runners” series of lessons that Bridget Kuhns taught in January.
“The class was designed to get cyclists and runners comfortable in the pool to do triathlons,” Lowe explained.
Both Lowe and Alderfer just learned freestyle swimming at the beginning of the year.
In women’s competition, Lowe finished sixth in her age group, finishing in 1:23:41.7. She said the hardest part of the competition was finding a breathing cadence for running after the bike transition.
“The initial uphill run was really tough,” she said. “After that, it was all good.”
Anchor Pointers Amy Morgan and Dana Jaworski finished tenth and 11th in their respective age categories, while Ninilchik’s Kristin Presley finished in 13th place.
Homer High School graduate Alina Rykaczewski, who now lives in Anchorage, won her 20-24 age group. She finished with a time of 1:12:04.2.
Age 10-14 Boys
4. Dexter Lowe, 28:53.3
1. Alina Rykaczewski, 1:12:04
10. Amy Morgan, 1:34:53.0;
13. Kristin Presley, 2:26:55.1.
11. Dana Jaworski, 1:38:29.0
6. Catriona Lowe, 1:23:41.7
6. Jeff Jaworski, 1:17:44.4
4. Philip Alderfer, 1:13:20.8
1. Andy Haas, 1:13:18.6
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