Local triathletes, ultrarunners fare well in recent races | SierraSun.com

Local triathletes, ultrarunners fare well in recent races

Genevieve Evans of Tahoe City defended her crown from a year ago while finishing 18th overall in the XTERRA Lake Tahoe triathlon in Incline Village this past Saturday.

David Cloninger raced to a first-place finish overall, posting a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 45 seconds. Evans improved on her winning time from last year, finishing in 3:09:17.

Truckee’s Julie Young, author of the weekly Fit to be Tried column, was the second woman to finish, as she placed 21st overall with a time of 3:11:44.

The course measured out to two 750-meter swims (split by a 50-meter beach run), a 22-mile bike ride on the Flume Trail and a 6-mile run.

In the sprint race, Tom Faukner captured the win for the second straight year, finishing in 2:28:29 to improve on his time in 2009. Dorea Shoemaker of Incline Village also improved on her winning time in the women’s race last year, winning the women’s event and placing fifth overall with a mark of 2:50:14.

Short-course racers faced one 750-meter swim lap, the same 22-mile bike ride and#8212; complete with 4,000 feet of climbing and#8212; and a 3-mile run.

For more information about the XTERRA Lake Tahoe or Big Blue Trail Run, which was held on the same day, visit http://www.bigblueadventure.com.

Betsy Nye of Truckee won the women’s division of the Cascade Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run in Washington this past weekend while Truckee’s Paul Sweeney finished 24th.

Nye, 45, finished the ultramarathon in 22 hours, 32 minutes for an 11th-place finish overall. Sweeney, 44, posted a time of 25 hours, 13 minutes. Jeff Browning won the race by with a time of 18:31.

The Cascade Crest course is a 100-mile loop starting and ending in Easton, Wash, gaining 20,470 feet in elevation along the way. For more information about the race, go to http://www.cascadecrest100.com.

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