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Harford triathletes conquer venue in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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...