Chuck Wienckowski returned to Alcatraz recently, just over a year after completing his first Escape from Alcatraz.
This time, the 66-year-old Bel Air resident was much faster in the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 1. He competed the 27.5-mile swim-bike-run course from the waters near the infamous island prison to Golden Gate Recreational Area in San Francisco in 4 hours, 19 minutes – 34 minutes faster than last year. Rough water and a strong tide made the swim longer and more hazardous last year. This time, however, San Francisco Bay was calmer when 2,000 triathletes began the race by leaping from a paddle-wheeler into 58-degree water in thick fog.
Wienckowski placed ninth in his age group. He was timed in 45:58 on the 1.5-mile swim, 1:30:00 over a hilly, 18-mile bike course and 1:45:28 on an 8-mile trail run.
Athletes from all 50 states and 40 countries competed. Andy Potts, 38, of Colorado, led the swim and was among the top three on the bike and run to win the race for the sixth time.
Moon Light 5K
Matthew Munson of Forest Hill and Victoria Berard of Baltimore were winners in the Moon Light 5K at Bel Air's Tollgate Park Saturday night.
Munson, a freshman at North Harford High School, led all 232 finishers in 18:39. Berard, a recent Lehigh grad with a 5K personal best of 17:41, finished second overall in 18:49.
In the men's top five were Sean McCormack, 18:56; Tim Farris, 19:21; Tyler McCredie, 19:26; and Joshua Ferguson, 20:16.
Abigail Gatch was the women's runner-up in 21:53. Also in the top five were M.K. Huffman, 22:02; Kate Weidner, 23:17; and Courtney Klapka, 23:26.
Gunpowder Neck 10 Miler
Tyler Muse pulled away from two runners in the final mile to win the 41st annual RASAC Gunpowder Neck 10 Miler Saturday in Edgewood. Muse finished in 1:01:48 – 35 seconds ahead of Jerry Henderson and another 45 seconds ahead of Michael Andrews.
John Way placed fourth in 1:13:48 and Mike Woodard, fifth in 1:15:24.
Mercedes Pinkney won the women's race in 1:19:30, finishing 40 seconds ahead of Jen Perkovich. Wendy Angelino, 1:30:09; Kim Roberts, 1:30:41; and Monica Levandosky, 1:33:45, took the next three places.
Jarrod Cronin of Jarrettsville finished second in the 40-44 age group of the Tri-It Triathlon in Bear, Del., Sunday. The race, which drew many first-time triathletes, involved a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 2-mile run. In the field of 232 competitors, Cronin was the third fastest in the swim en route to a 49:21 finish.
Among the women, Kim Webster of Bel Air finished fifth in 35-39 in 56:29. Other Harford finishers were Peter Decapite, 1:01:33; Ronald Russell, 1:05:53; Hugh McCusker, 1:10:25; Heather Lucas, 1:14:19; Shannon Dunnigan, 1:14:44; Lisa Wynn, 1:15:37; Jim Karrenbauer, 1:20:38; Mark Cofrancesco, 1:22:22; Stacie Wheeley, 1:27:06; Terri Rhodes, 1:28:30; Karl Gerhart, 1:32:47; Carol Washburn, 1:36:44; and Marissa Van Fleet, 1:46:05.
In other races
Mike McMonagle of Bel Air finished fifth among 257 runners in the Washington, D.C., North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Miler Saturday. He completed a course in Algonkian Regional Park in 7 hours, 34 minutes despite a wrong turn that cost him about 15 minutes.
Angelica Goodwin of Bel Air led the women's 40-49 age group in the Red Devils 5K at Goucher College Sunday in 24:45. Julie Vuncannon of Aberdeen won the 20-29 age group in 31:07.
Steve Rosasco, 57, led a field of 120 in the Ilan-a-thon 5K in Baltimore Sunday, finishing with a big lead in 20:53. Jennifer Sheely won the women's race in 22:13.
June 14 – Baltimore 10 Miler, Druid Hill Lake Park, 7:30 a.m., baltimoretenmiler.com
June 15 – GBMC Father's Day 5K, GBMC Campus, Baltimore, 8 a.m., charmcityrun.com
June 22 – Splash and Dash, swim-and-run race for ages 5 to 18, Fountain Green Swim Club, 8 a.m. Age groups 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-18. FGswimteam.com.
June 22 – Baltimore Women's Classic 5K, Inner Harbor, 8 a.m., charmcityrun.com.