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|Paynesville Press - June 21, 2006|
Triathlon held again on and around Koronis on Saturday
On Saturday, the second annual triathlon was held on and around Lake Koronis. The race this year featured a slightly different course than last year, when the canoe/kayak started on Rice Lake.|
This year, the three-mile kayak/canoe race started from Veteran's Memorial Park on Lake Koronis, followed the north shore of the lake to the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds, and then returned across the bay to the city park (also known as Van's Beach).
Kayakers and canoers paddled their way along the north shore of Lake Koronis as part of the Paynesville Area Triathlon on Saturday morning. The race include a three-mile paddle in the north bay of Koronis, a 14-mile bike around the lake, and a four-mile run.
Then competitors started a 14-mile bike race around Lake Koronis, circling the lake in a clockwise direction. Finally, a four-mile run - along Old Lake Road - started and ended at Veterans' Memorial Park.
The triathalon included an experienced division and a recreational division, where groups of athletes could participate as a team. In all, 60 people participated in the triathalon.
Winning the race for the second year in a row was Jerry Heaps from the Twin Cities in a time of 1:38:59. Kath Sullivan, also from the Twin Cities, was first among women (and sixth overall) in 1:44:09.
The highest local finisher was Ryan Stoneburner of Paynesville, who was fourth overall. Randy Zimmerman of Paynesville was ninth overall. The team of Shannon (Flanders) Sharpe and Clayton Lang finished first among teams, and seventh overall; the team of Travis Flanders and Andy Sharpe was second among teams and eighth overall; and the team of David, Josh, Matt, and Randy Kerzman was tenth overall (and third among teams).
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