Once the tsunami warning was lifted for the Hawaii Islands following an earthquake in Canada on Sunday, Santa Cruz resident Kathy Frank and Scotts Valley resident Roger Kern went out and won their respective divisions in the Xterra World Championships, the crown jewel of off-road triathlon.
Frank dominated the women’s 65-69 age division in Kapalua, Maui. She finished the 1.5-kilometer open-water swim in 46 minutes, 2 seconds, the 30k mountain bike portion in 3:34:00, and the 10k trail run in 1:47:10. She led each portion for what was her second world title and a total of 6:07:12.
Kern won the men’s 70-74 age division as the only competitor, crossing the finish line in 5:30:38. He completed the swim in 48:19, the bike in 3:08:3, and the run in 1:33:34 for his first world title.
Information included in this report is according to Xterra press releases. For full results, please see its results page. To check out its Facebook photo gallery, go here.
Santa Cruz resident and New Zealand native Bevan Docherty, a three-time Olympian in triathlon, closed out the season with a 14th-place finish in the elite men’s division of the World Triathlon Grand Final in Auckland over the weekend, and recently announced he will be competing in Ironman next season.
Docherty had a home-country audience – which he dubbed “an awesome crowd” via Twitter afterwards — for his final International Triathlon Union-sanctioned race of 2012. He completed the course in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 50 seconds — 2:21 off winner Javier Gomez of Spain.
Docherty, 35, finished the swim in 17:46, the bike in 1:10:28 and the run in 32:50, and he ended the overall series in 14th place with 2,223 points.
Tuesday, he confirmed with the New Zeland Herald that he will move on to Ironman competition next year.
“It official, I’m gona be an Ironman man! 1st race of 2013 Auckland 70.3 then NZ Ironman in Taupo,” Docherty tweeted.
Results included in this report are from the Auckland race website.
Berkeley resident Stephanie Hines won the Olympic Mighty Mermaid Triathlon at Capitola Beach on Sunday.
Hines, 29, completed the Olympic-distance women’s event in 2 hours, 38 minutes, 24 seconds. She finished the 1.5-kilometer swim in 28:51, the 40k bike in 1:18:57 and the 10k run in 42:58.
Hines was followed by Piedmont’s Michelle Curach-Turner in second place [2:43:56] and Los Gatos’ Jackie McCleary in third place [2:49:41].
Results included in this report are from the South Valley Endurance website.
Berkeley’s Yoni Doron-Peters and Menlo Park’s Kayla Kielar were the men’s and women’s winners, respectively, of the Big Kahuna Triathlon in Santa Cruz on Sunday.
Doron-Peters wads the first finisher, crossing the line in 4 hours, 11 minutes, 31 seconds. He completed the 1.2-mile swim in 22:06, the 56-mile bike in 2:16:08, and the 13.1-mile run in 1:28:47.
Dean Discher was second [4:19:27] and Rob Hilton was third [4:22:55].
Kielar took the women’s overall title — despite suffering a four-minute penalty — crossing the finish line in 5:06:03. She was 65th overall after completing the swim in 28:29, the bike in 2:44:23, and the run in 1:41:56.
Jessica England was second [1:45:04] and Sandra Holbrook James was third [5:12:37] among women.
The Clydesdale division was won by Mike Behler [5:03:05] and the Athena division was won by Julie Gongliewski [6:28:36], who was the only female entrant.
Results included in this report are from Buzzword Productions.
Aptos resident and pro triathlete Tommy Zaferes won the Santa Cruz Sprint Triathlon on Saturday.
Zaferes, who also won the Sandman Triathlon in Aptos a couple weeks ago, beat runner-up Dylan McNeice of New Zealand by a minute and change. Zaferes crossed the finish line in 54 minutes, 11.5 seconds. McNeice finished in 55:35.9 and and Eric Clarkson of Santa Cruz took third in 57:50.7.
Zaferes finished the 750-meter swim in 8:57.3, the 12.5-mile bike in 27:52.8, and the 5-kilometer run in 16:51.2, clocking in as the fastest competitor in all events.
Australia’s Annabel Luxford won the women’s race in the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event, taking fourth overall. She finished in 59:21.4. Los Gatos resident Becky Lavelle was second [1:00:07.1], and American Kathy Rakel was third [1:01:25.2].
Results included in this report are from the Finish Line Productions website.
Cindy Padilla was the top Santa Cruz-area finisher, placing 39th in the 12th annual Barb’s Race triathlon that was run conjunction with the Vineman Triathlon in Sonoma County over the weekend.
Padilla finished the Olympic-distance event in 5 hours, 49 minutes, 3 seconds. She completed the swim in 41:30, the bike in 3:04:17, and the run in 1:53:58.
The all-women event was won by Los Altos’ Liza Rachetto in 4:55:56.
Results included in this report are from RaceResults360.
Santa Cruz’s Carlo Facchino joined more than 1,000 extreme athletes for the “full distance” Vineman Triathlon in Sonoma County over the weekend, and he finished in the top 50.
Facchino placed 50th overall, 46th among men, and 12th in his division, crossing the finish line in 11 hours, 17 minutes, 43 seconds.
The 37-year-old completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:05:23, the epic 112-mile bike in 5:42:23 and the marathon 4:21:29.
John Dahlz of South San Francisco won in an overall time of 9:29:28.
Results in this report are from RaceResults360.com.
Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews was one of two county residents to place in the top 25 of the Ironman 70.3 Vineman triathlon in Sonoma County on July 15, coming in third overall.
Matthews completed the race in 3 hours, 47 minutes, 55 seconds to finish behind winner Greg Bennet of Boulder, Colo., [3:45:39] and runner-up Joe Gambles, also of Boulder [3:46:14].
Matthews, 29, finished the 1.2-mile swim in 21:54, the 56-mile bike in 2:07:09, and the 13.1-mile run in 1:15:54.
Fellow Santa Cruz resident and pro triathlete Eric Clarkson placed 23rd [4:13:27]. He finished the swim in 23:35, the bike in 2:20:41 and the run in 1:25:25.
The event was a qualifier for the Ironman World Championships, which will be held in Las Vegas in September.
Results included in this report are from RaceResults360.com.
Aptos resident and pro triathlete Tommy Zaferes, who is just back from training and competing in Europe this summer, won his third-straight Sandman Triathlon at Seacliff State Beach in Aptos on Sunday.
Here’s a quick clip of the interview I did afterwards.
Results from the race will be posted as soon as possible here.
Aptos resident and native Virginian Matt Chrabot, 29, placed fifth in the New York City Triathlon on Sunday.
Chrabot, who is originally from Virginia Beach, finished the Olympic-distance event in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 35.3 seconds. Jordan Jones of Golden, Colo., won in 1:45:03.65.
Chrabot completed the 1.5-kilometer swim in 11:48, the 40k bike in 1:00:52 and the 10k run in 33:17.
Results included in this report are from RaceResults 360.
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