Four Harford triathletes conquered the Ironman Triathlon Sunday at one of its more scenic and challenging venues – Lake Placid, N.Y.
"It was by far my best experience at an Ironman," said Mike Kemen, 52, of Bel Air, after his third completion at the 140.6-mile distance.
He swam 2.4 miles in Mirror Lake in 1 hour, 22 minutes then biked 112 miles over a rolling course in the Adirondacks averaging 18.5 mph. He finished with a 26.2-mile run in 5:41:30 to cut 45 minutes from his previous best performance with a 13:28:30. He finished 88th among 257 starters in the men's 50-54 age group.
The race, which drew 2,700 entrants from 22 countries, was the first full Ironman for David Dyke and Paul Fallace, both of Bel Air. Dyke finished in 13:37:51, leading off with a 1:16:25 swim before a 6:26:39 bike leg and 5:28:18 run.
Fallace also had a strong swim, 1:18:04, en route to a 15:02:46 finish. He averaged 16.05 mph on the bike despite a stiff headwind on two long stretches of the course.
Steve Nelson, 38, of Joppa, reached the finish line in Lake Placid's Olympic speed skating oval in 14:21:55. He swam 1:30:54, biked 6:54:52 and finished with a 5:38:57 marathon run.
Running with the Pigs 5K
The annual Running with the Pigs 5K drew 325 runners to the Cecil County Fair Sunday at Fair Hill, though no pigs ran.
Noah Kudla of Forest Hill finished third in 18:57 behind winner Eric Barton of Colora, who won in 17:45.
Julianna Stevens, 16, of Jarrettsville, placed ninth among the women in 23:31, and second in the 14-18 age group. Sophie Kudla of Forest Hill was fourth in 14-18 in 25:42.
Other Harford runners with top-eight age-group finishes were Mike Stevens, Jarrettsville, eighth in 50-54 in 24:16; Amanda Appel, Forest Hill, seventh in 14-18 in 27:58; Lauren Monarski, Abingdon, sixth in 19-29 in 26:31; and Thomas Flynn, Havre de Grace, fourth in 60-64 in 28:18.
RASAC summer track meet
Jessica Crump, Isabella Miller, Eric Estrada and Matthew Miller were double winners in the RASAC summer track meet in Bel Air July 14.
Crump won the women's 1,500 in 6:14.6 and the 200 in 30.2. Isabella Miller, 13, won the 800 in 3:25.2 and the 400 in 1:10.6.
Matthew Miller took the men's 400 in 1:09.4 and the 200 in 29.8. Estrada finished first in the men's 800 in 2:57:5 and edged Matthew Miller in the 1500 by 1.4 seconds in 5:35.2. Mercedes Pinkney set a club age-group record for 40-44 in 6:18.5. The meet was shortened because of temperatures in the high 90s.
In other races
Brent Van Scyoc and his daughter, Hannah, of Jarrettsville, were age-group winners in the Twilight 5K in Lewes, Del., July 22. Brent led the 50-54 group in 26:56, and Hanna, 14-19 in 26:57.
Windsor Jones, 50, of Bel Air, placed seventh in the 400-meter dash in 59.93 seconds in the Potomac Valley Track Club meet in Columbia Saturday. In the same meet, Christine Mosu of Bel Air placed fourth in the 3000 race-walk in 21:49.78.
Kristen Teeter of Forest Hill led the 35-39 age group and was the second woman overall in 21:31 in the Ocean Pines Association Freedom 5K in Ocean City July 4. Daughter Isabella, 5, took third in the under-11 age group in 38:06.
Rob Bartholomew of Aberdeen finished second overall in the Feast of St. Roch 25K at Fair Hill July 16. He finished in 2:16.51.
Paul Novak of Bel Air placed fourth in the 50-59 age group in 21:04 in the Climb the Hill for Bridges 5K at St Paul's School July 19.
Running with the Rams
Jerry Henderson, coach of the Edgewood High School cross-country team, will host the third annual Running with the Rams 5K on Aug. 13. The race, which starts and finishes on the Edgewood High track, will benefit the school's cross-country team. Tyler Muse and Darcy McDonald led the field of 78 runners last year. Entry information is available at eliteraces.com.