Triathlon: Otto wins the Half Full

Tim Otto of Philadelphia wasn't the best swimmer in the field by a long shot but he crossed the finish line as the winner of the second Aannual Ulman Cancer Fund's Half Full Triathlon last Sunday at Centennial Park.

After finishing out of the top 10 in the swim, Otto picked up his pace, finishing in four hours, 33 minutes and 37 seconds. The Half Full consists of a .9-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run.

Kevin Kendro, of New Market, finished second three minutes behind Otto. Ricardo Guerra, of Frederick, was third. Jore Decker was Columbia's top finisher, placing eighth in 4:58:26.

An 40-mile Olympic distance triathlon was hels simultaneously with the Half Full. That race was won by Daniel Proulx, of Hanover, MD, in 2:25:50. Local favorite Steve Meininger, from Clarksville, who graduated from Centennial High School, finished second in 2:44:14.

The Half Full distance (70 miles) represents the 70,000 young people battling cancer. In fact, one of othe most poignant moments of Sunday's triathlon was the inclusion of cancer survivors as the first of 18 waves in the event.

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