What a weekend for racing! We had our first local Tempe triathlon, a marathon, an Ultra 50 Miler, some 10Ks and an Ultra Swim!
We want to recognize Peter Lofquist in particular who took on the SCAR swim here in AZ. The swim entails swimming the longest distances across our four local lakes (Saguaro – 9.5 miles, Canyon – 9 miles, Apache – 17 miles, and Roosevelt – 6.2 miles). The event takes place over four days. Peter completed the first swim across Saguaro lake – 9.5 miles – in 4 hours and 23 min. The next day, he came down with hypothermia at Canyon Lake as the water was 57 deg (no wet suits, by the way) and DNF’d. At Apache, bad luck struck again as he developed a strained shoulder and had to DNF again. The fourth day was another success as he completed the Roosevelt swim of 6.2 miles in 4 hours and 6 min. This SCAR swim is a true endurance challenge. Definitely check this out if you are looking for endurance events that are off the beaten path! Peter will be taking on the Manhattan Marathon swim this summer!
We also want to recognize Brandon Welling who completed the tough, Zane Grey 50-mile run near Payson in 12:25. This was a great time on a tough course and resulted in a 54th overall finish!
Dave Frome completed his Boston/Big Sur double. After finishing the Boston Marathon two weeks ago, Dave finished this past weekend’s Big Sur Marathon in 4:34 and took 11th in his AG!
Speaking of Boston, the picture here is of Eero Allison. We already reported on his race results (an impressive 3:45), but didn’t have his picture until now. Congrats, again, Eero!
Congrats also to everyone who raced at Cactus Man! We had impressive performances here, as well!
Cactus Man Triathlon Sprint
Ryan Clancey – 1:31 – 1st Tri ever! 9th in AG
Joan McGue – 1:59 – 7th in AG
Kurt Miyamoto – 1:42 – 13th in AG
Kathy Stanley – 1:24 – 3rd in AG
Cactus Man Olympic
Sally Borg – 3:27 – 2nd in AG
Joe Dundas – 2:46 – Olympic PR! – 11th in AG
Heather Grahame – Olympic Aqua-Bike – 1:50 – 4th overall and 1st female!
David Hay – 3:05 – 3rd in AG – First Olympic Tri!
Jason Prenger – 4:13 – 24th in AG
Sorin Tohatan – 2:58 – 17th in AG – Olympic PR!
Robert Scovill – 3:43 – 23rd in AG – First ever Olympic Tri!
Cactus Man Relay
Melissa Samuelson – ran the 10K for her team who took 3rd overall!
Cheryl Stadlman – 1:03 – 2nd in AG
Ken Clark – 37:41 – 2nd Overall, 2nd in AG
We also want to wish Peter Ney a quick recovery! Peter was hit by a car while racing the Sahuarita Olympic Tri near Tucson on Saturday. He is sore but relatively okay. He was hit from behind early on the bike course. Even when race courses are manned with policemen and volunteers, you still have to keep your head on a swivel.
Lastly, good luck to Ryan Mitchell who is racing the Wildflower ½ Ironman this weekend in California. Wildflower is a tough, fair race that involves camping the night before and then racing a ½ Ironman on the best tri course in North America. Wildflower should be on everyone’s race list as it is an iconic race with a unique vibe. Tell your friends!