FAIRBANKS, AK-Saturday was start of the 22nd Annual Sourdough Triathlon. The three stage race got underway at 10 a.m. at the 31 mile mark on the Steese Highway near Chatanika Lodge.
The three stage race got underway at 10 a.m. at the 31 mile mark on the Steese Highway.
42 competitors and four relay teams had to complete a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.
Kinsey Apperson repeated as champion for the women's division coming in at 4 hours 55 minutes and 44 seconds fifth overall. Apperson the former Nanook swimmer had the fastest swim at 24:22.
Apperson's year long training partner Aicha Hull was second in 5:34:39 and ninth overall. They finished 1-2 this year and last year.
On the men's side it was all about Tyson Flaharty winning this year's event in 4 hours 37 minutes and 40 seconds. He had the top bike time with a 2:20:21.
Rookie Erik Doran from Seattle pushed Flaharty coming in just over minute behind. Doran had the fastest run at 1:40:56. Michael Bakker from Anchorage was third in 4:43:15.
The relay team of Tina Buybaun, Chris Wyatt and Ed Debevec came in first in 5:06:24.
I was at the finish and talked with the winners.For Flaharty, it was his sixth Triathlon. It was his time.
"Well I've been trying to win this race for a long time [laughs]. So it actually feels really good.," Flaharty said. "Pretty much the second half of the run I was just mile by mile. It's like ok I just have to make it to the next mile."
Apperson owes this year's title to last year's runner-up Aicha Hull. They met in last year's Triathlon and have been training partners for a year now. Hull is stronger in biking than Apperson which she feels helped her a lot.
"It's a fun race," Apperson said. "It's just a huge advantage when you have someone that's about your speed to train with. Or in this case faster than me so I have been pushed a little bit on the bike every time we ride together. Just having someone to chase."