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Santa Cruz resident and Australia native Paul Matthews, a professional triathlete, took second place in the Ironman Arizona over the weekend in Tempe, Ariz.

Matthews finished the 2.4-mile swim in 48 minutes, 27 seconds, the 112-mile bike in 4:24:31, and the marathon in 2:48:27 for an 8:04:58 finish — just less than two minutes behind winner Nils Frommhold of Germany [8:03:13].

TJ Tollakson of Des Moines, Iowa, rounded out the top three [8:07:36].

Also from Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz’s Cindy Padilla, 37, finished in 13:11:08 with a division rank of 55; Watsonville’s Rachel Montoya, 36, finished in 13:36:30 with a division rank of 80; Santa Cruz’s Johan Schimmel, 49, finished in 11:21:39 with a division rank of 82; Scotts Valley’s Elle Washburn, 40, finished in 14:00:00 with a division rank of 83; Scotts Valley’s Kevin Abruzzini, 46, finished in 13:39:43 with a division rank of 235; Portland’s Nick Moless, 34 and a Santa Cruz native, finished in 12:10:00 with a division rank of 159.

Results included in this report are from the Ironman website.

Note: Know of someone else from the Santa Cruz area who competed? Mention them in the comments and I’ll add their results to this post!

Santa Cruz resident Johann Schimmel placed ninth in the Catalina Island Triathlon, a sprint, in Avalon on Saturday.

Schimmel crossed the finish line in 1 hour, 3 minutes, 5 seconds — a little more than seven minutes back from winner Felipe Loureiro [San Diego, 55:51].

Results included in this report are from

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.

Santa Cruz resident Shoshanah Orzech won the sprint-distance Mermaid Triathlon with nearly a two-minute lead at Capitola Beach on Saturday.

Orzech, 40, won the women’s race in 1 hours, 14 minutes, 27 seconds after completing the 600-meter swim in 13:34, the 12-mile bike in 39:39 and the 2.5-mile run in 14:17.

Esther Hare, 40, of Campbell took second in 1:16:11 and Aptos’ Annika McBride, 13, rounded out the top three in 1:17:28.

Aptos resident John Grube placed 33rd in his division at the ITU World Duathlon Championships in Nancy, France, on Sunday.

Grube, who regularly competes in local events, finished the run-bike-run race in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds, according to the International Triathlon Union website.

Grube represented Team USA in the men’s 45-49 age division, which was won by Great Britain’s Stuart Hall [1:56:38] according to the ITU website.

Can you spot the dude running in a tutu? It’s a quick cameo, so keep an eye out.


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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.

Santa Cruz resident and native New Zealander Bevan Docherty earned a top-three finish in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas today.

Docherty, a three-time Olympian, crossed the finish line in 3 hours, 56 minutes, 25 seconds — just two minutes, 10 seconds back of winner Sebastian Kienle of Germany [3:54:35]. Kienle’s time was a course record.

Craig Alexander of Australia took second [3:55:36].

The 70.3 consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.

Santa Cruz resident Paul Matthews also competed, coming in 21st place [4:17:04].

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