Recreation Authority holds first annual Sprint on the Flint triathlon
Published 4:28 pm Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The first annual Sprint on the Flint triathlon was held Saturday at the Earle May Boat Basin. The 109 competitors took part in a 400-meter swim in the boat basin, a 10-mile bike ride and then a 5-kilometer run along the nature trail.
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“I think it went great,” Recreation Authority executive director Al Kelley said. “I canvased the crowd after the race and we had nothing but positive feedback.”
Jon Nash of Tallahassee finished the top overall and top male finisher with a time of 53:23. He pulled away from the competition with the fastest time in each of the three disciplines.
Tyler Sununu finished in second overall with a time of 56:51. The top female finisher, Sandy Johnson, finished in third place overall with a time of 59:02. She had the second fastest time overall in the bike portion and the third fastest time in the swim.
Nathan Rhodes finished in fourth place overall and third in the men’s division with a time of 1:00:36.
Fourteen-year-old Bryce Bass finished in fifth pace overall in a time of 1:02:03. He had the second fastest time overall in the swimming potion.
Melanie Leitman finished in sixth overall and second in the women’s division with a time of 1:02:32. Lorannee Ausley finished third in the women’s division and 18th overall with a time of 1:07:07.
The top local finisher was Tim Thompson. He finished in 11th pace overall and first in the men’s 35-39 age group with a time of 1:05:11.
“It was one of the best events that I’ve ever competed in,” Thompson said. “On the course there was never a question of where you were going.”
Thompson said that all three phases on the events were well laid out and enabled the competitors to be comfortable and race carefree. He said that during the swim the water was shallow enough, competitors that didn’t feel comfortable could stand and walk and during the bike portion Bainbridge Public Safety worked to keep competitors safe.
“The bike was a super fast course,” Thompson said. “You could really cut loose and fly. BPS did a great job of marking off the course and protecting everyone and it wasn’t hilly.”
During the run, competitors were able to spend the majority of the time under the tree canopy and Thompson said that added to the enjoyment of the race.
Kelley said that all the response that they received from competitors was positive and that they plan to make the Sprint on the Flint an annual event.