YMCA Holds Annual Triathlon

Photo by Hannah Stepenoff
Photo by Hannah Stepenoff

The Johnson County YMCA hosted its annual triathalon. Hannah Stepenoff has the details.


The Johnson County Family YMCA was abuzz with action as locals competed in the 31st Annual Buffalo Triathlon over the weekend.

Teams and individuals participated in a duathlon event that involved swimming 36 lengths—or a half-mile—in the pool on Friday, and then on Saturday biked 14 miles.

While those who participated in the solo triathlon, did the same, but added a 4.2 mile run on Clear Creek Trail to their agenda—and had to complete all three tasks on Saturday.

The morning was a brisk one, but all solo participants stayed on task when they had to leave the pool and change in to their biking gear without complaint.
Wellness and Programs Director Tim Cahhal said they often get last minute sign-ups on the day of, but the turn out was what he expected.

The duathlon teams started the biking leg at 8 a.m., which was followed by women's and men's solo biking.

The event will help to fund the organization's scholarship program, he said, which helps those in need make their member costs and participation fees in programs.

This year's winners include Stephanie Hope and Brian Boden in the solo duathlon, finishing in 1 hour and 51 minutes and 1 hour and 22 minutes, respectively.

Men's solo triathalon winners include, by age group, Phillip Tabb—for the under 24 group—with a time of 1 hour 34 minutes, Ladell Merritt—for the 35-44 bracket—with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes, Tom Holt—for the 45 to 54 group--with a time of 1 hour 35 minutes and Paul Jarvis finished the race for the 55 to 64 old bracket with a time of 2 hours and 11 minutes.

Women's solo winners include, by age group, Lorena Veal—for the under 24 group—with a time of 2 hours and 4 minutes, Sarah Forster—for the 35-44 bracket—with a time of 1 hour and 50 minutes, Beth Spitzer—for the 45 to 54 group—with a time of 1 hour 57 minutes, and Pat Peck finished the race for the 55 to 64 bracket with a time of 1 hour 59 minutes.

You can find the full list of all the winners in an attachment located below the pictures from the event.

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