If you weren’t at Blue Lake last weekend, you missed out! At the Wahine All-Women’s and Amica Mid-Summer Triathlons, athletes enjoyed the warm water and flat, fast bike and run courses, plus a very festive atmosphere.
The weekend kicked off Saturday morning, July 28, with the All-Women’s event. The weather was perfect for the sprint triathlon, sprint duathlon and novice “Tri-iT” race. Kids joined in on the fun too with the Wiki Keiki Kid’s Triathlon. The Amica Mid-Summer Triathlon was held the next day, July 39. It featured an Olympic Triathlon in addition to a sprint triathlon, duathlon and “Tri-iT.” The events brought some of the area’s top triathletes and duathletes, as well as participants of all abilities.
“One thing I appreciate about AA Sports is how much they support athletes of all abilities! I did the Wahine on Saturday and had to work to get 3rd of 9 in my division. On Sunday, I showed up and did my best at the Amica [Mid-Summer] Olympic, slower, but because I was the only one in my category, I still got a special medal. Not all races do this. Plus, the music and food was available long after the last finishers were done. They are great about keeping aid stations on the course open for as long as it takes. It’s great to see people out there who are newer at triathlons, or slower, or just having a tough day getting all the support they need to finish and feel great about their day,” Sherrie Austin said.
The top women on Saturday proved age is only a number. The first three triathlon finishers were masters athletes from Portland. Sara Cannon, 43, won in 1:10:26. Not far behind was Bridget Dawson, 54, with 1:11:38 and Kim Grasberger, 48, in 1:12:36.
In the sprint duathlon, Laura Lindsey, 39, from Portland, won in 1:18:11. Jodi Shook, 37, (1:29:12) and Kirsten Bosnak, 26, (1:32:54) rounded out the top 3.
In the Amica Mid-Summer Olympic Triathlon, Jeff Smith, 30, and Ann Davidson, 48 were the overall winners. Both are from Portland. Smith finished in 1:55:31 and Davidson in 2:11:30.
Rick Floyd, 28, from Boise, ID, (1:10:31) and Dana Reid, 32, from Hood River (1:20:54) were the winners of the Amica Mid-Summer sprint triathlon. In the duathlon, Sean Campbell, 45, from Klamath Falls and Laura Lindsey, 39, from Portland came out on top. Campbell clocked 1:20:22 and Lindsey finished in 1:28:20.
For full results, visit http://aasportsltd.com/events/results/
The fun did not stop at the finish line! The Hawaiian theme at the Wahine All-Women’s Triathlon created a festive atmosphere.
“I have done this all women’s race 3 times and this was by far the BEST! Loved the theme with great music, shirts and post-race food and drink!” Jennifer Surface Scott said.
After the races, participants and spectators were treated with lots of food, drinks and entertainment. Saturday’s Wahine All-Women’s event featured live drummers and a Polynesian show with fire and hula dancers!
“Great event and so much fun! Food, beer, and music were terrific! Loved seeing all the awesome, strong women out there!” Heidi Cardoza said.
The Ben Rice Band played live rock and blues music for Sunday’s event. This popular, local band was a hit with the crowd. Even after competing, athletes found the energy to dance and have a great time!