Lake Tahoe Triathlon has record year |

Lake Tahoe Triathlon has record year

The beaches of Lake Tahoe's West Shore were taken over last weekend for two days of swimming, running, and cycling as Big Blue Adventure hosted the annual Lake Tahoe Triathlon.

The event would be the largest in Lake Tahoe Triathlon history, according to Director of Operations Bryan Rickards, with more than 500 racers coming out for Olympic and sprint distances.

Justin Rossi, of Reno, took the win in the Olympic distance, capturing first place with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, and 14 seconds. Incline Village's John Donovan, who was coming off a first-place finish in last week's XTERRA Lake Tahoe off-road triathlon, followed Rossi across the line for second place.

Rossi would be the first to complete the 1,500-meter swim off of Sugar Pine Point Beach, topping the next nearest swimmer by nearly a minute with a time of 17:59. From there, he extended his lead as the cyclists made their way south along Highway 89 for the out and back, 24-mile course. Rossi's time of 1:05:29 would be more than 8 minutes faster than that of the nearest competitor, Donovan.

Donovan would shave nearly 6 minutes off Rossi's lead on the 6.9-mile run, finishing with a time of 43:14 for the second fastest time out of the more than 200 runners.

Donatas Ereminas, of Truckee, was fourth place overall, and second fastest out of the Truckee-Tahoe area with a time of 2:29:09.

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Raeleigh Harris, of Truckee, would capture first place on the women's side, finishing the course with a time of 2:52:11.

Harris didn't finish any of the three disciplines of the triathlon with the fastest women's time, but instead used a steady pace over the course of the race to capture the win.

Harris' time was the 13th fastest overall.

Clare Walton, of Tahoe City, also had as strong showing capturing fourth place out of the women's division with at time of 3:03:02.

The shorter sprint distance attracted the largest field of competitors with 300 swimmers taking off from Sugar Pine Point Beach for the start on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Chase Visser, of Loomis, Calif., picked up the win with the 16-year-old crossing the line with a time of 51:32.

The Sierra Open Water Swim Series was also held on Saturday with morning temperatures in the water hovering around 58 degrees according to information from the United States Geological Survey, and would be won by Truckee's Sean Percin, who finished first out of any swimmer in the 2.4-mile race with a time of 49:45. Percin, 16, competed in the no wetsuit category, and managed to outswim the field of 42 non-wetsuit and wetsuit racers for the fastest time at that distance.

Truckee's Brittany Percin took the win on the women's side with the fastest time of any swimmer at 2.4 miles with a time of 53:12.

The weekend-long competition was the biggest event of the year for Big Blue Adventure, according to Rickards, and also included shorter distances of open water swimming, and the Lake Tahoe Triathlon Half, Duathlon and Aquabike competitions.

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Big Blue Adventure will next hold the Emerald Bay Trail Run on Sept. 17, which will take racers on a 7-mile course around Emerald Bay. The race is part of the Tahoe Trail Running Series, which will concluded with the Great Trail Race on Oct. 8.