For Harford County triathletes, the 2013 racing season has been busy, challenging and rewarding.
Mike Kemen of Bel Air describes his recent triathlon as "the best experience ever." It was his first race at the full Ironman distance, the Coeur D'Alene Ironman in Northern Idaho June 23.
He was one of two Harford triathletes in the 140.6-mile race, which drew 2,300 competitors. Laura Lu Herman of Abingdon also completed the event, which began with a 2.4-mile swim in the cold waters of Lake Coeur D'Alene.
Herman completed the swim in 1 hour, 6 minutes. She then biked 112 miles averaging 17.6 mph and finished with a 26.2-mile run in 5 hours, 44 minutes to place 24th in the women's 45-49 age group. She reached the finish line with arms raised in 13 hours, 22 minutes.
Kemen, 50, emerged from the swim in 1 hour, 27 minutes then covered the 112-mile bike route over rolling hills around the lake in 6:37:48. He finished in 14 hours, 42 minutes. "I can't wait to do another," was his Facebook posting after the race.
Closer to home, J. Tobin's most recent race was relatively short, though the 68-year-old Fallston resident has completed the Ironman distance four times in 29 years of racing. He was one of 600 competitors in the Celebrating Heroes Triathlon in Columbia June 23.
Tobin, who has moderated his training and racing since hip-replacement surgery seven years ago, finished second in his age group. He completed a 0.62-mile swim, 16-mile bike and 3.4-mile run in 1 hour, 57 minutes - finishing about 2 minutes behind the winner, a margin he gave up in the opening swim.
Edwin Knepshield of Havre de Grace finished two places behind Tobin in the 65-69 age group in 2:16:34.
Earl Brownell of Bel Air was the top Harford finisher in Columbia. He placed 11th among 49 competitors in the 40-44 age group in 1:41:41.
Wendy McPherson of Forest Hill took eighth place in the 50-54 age group in 2:03:45. Brenda Consorto of Abingdon finished in 2:22:43; Michael Sacra of Abingdon, in 2:05:41; Misty Evanshine, Belcamp, 2:51:28; and Brian McCort, Aberdeen, 3:07:17.
In the Tri-Rock Triathlon in Philadelphia June 22, three Harford triathletes raced at the Olympic Distance for the first time, swimming 1500 meters in the Schuylkill River, biking 40K and running 10K in Fairmont Park. Nathan McConaughy of Bel Air finished in 3:28:56; Karen Eder of Jarrettsville, 3:36:17; and Sarah Buberl, Abingdon, 3:46:06. There were 1,293 finishers.
About 1,100 also competed in the sprint triathlon - a half-mile in the Schuylkill, a 15.7-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. Keith Moore of Fallston placed fourth in the Clydesdale Division in 1:36:40. Alex Newhart of Havre de Grace finished in 1:49:19, and Mike Sedlak of Abingdon, 2:06:25.
In races elsewhere...
Colin Mosley, 14, of Bel Air, finished second overall in the Chestertown 5K on July 6. He ran 22:01, finishing behind winner James Heilman of Lutherville (18:32) in the field of 54 runners.
Darren Thompson of Bel Air placed third in the BRRC Sweet Air Trail Race Sunday in Gunpowder State Park. He completed the 8-mile course in 1:00:12. Rob Bartholomew of Aberdeen was sixth in 1:04:41 and first among masters. Ryan Stasiowski led all 132 runners in 54:55, and Karyn Dulaney led the women in 1:08:02.
Jennifer Perkovich of Joppa placed third in the 40-44 age group in 23:53 in the Seashore Striders Women's Distance Festival 5K in Rehoboth Beach, Del., July 6.
Michael Wegner, a Loyola High School junior, finished first, ahead of 461 runners in the Dreaded Druid Hills 10K in Baltimore June 22. He ran 37:01. Suzanne Hurst of Baltimore led the women in 41:55.
July 13 - Pirate 5K, Havre de Grace, 8 a.m., http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.
July 14 – RASAC Winding Trail 5K, Little Gunpowder Trail, 8 a.m., http://www.rasac.com.
July 21 – Farm Fair 5K, Bel Air Equestrian Center, 8 a.m., http://www.eliteracemanagement.com