Truckee triathlete fares well in first Aflac Iron Girl Lake Tahoe South Shore race
Sun News Service
STATELINE and#8212; Leave it to athletes accustomed to the altitude of oxygen-deprived Lake Tahoe and its chilly lake temperatures to succeed in the first Aflac Iron Girl Lake Tahoe South Shore event on Sunday.
Three of the top-5 placers have ties to the Lake Tahoe area.
Gardnervilleand#8217;s Megan Waskiewicz, who works in South Lake Tahoe, came in third overall at 1 hour, 16 minutes, 58 seconds. South Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Brianna Biller claimed fourth overall at 1:19:08 and first In her 20-24 age group. Truckeeand#8217;s Sarah Clement was the first to cross the finish line just behind Harveyand#8217;s Resort Casino and finished fifth overall at 1:19:24. Race officials started competitors in separate waves beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Lakeside Beach, delaying the determination of the actual winner until well after the race.
Teri Albertazzi of Tucson, Ariz., competing in the 35-39 age group, was declared the winner after completing the sprint triathlon in 1:12:37. The four-time veteran of Hawaii Ironman World Championships was timed at 7:25 in the swim, 36:49 for the bike and 20:49 for the 5K run.
Participants were required to swim 400 meters in Lake Tahoe, then make a 24-kilometer round-trip bike ride to Cave Rock and finally run 5 kilometers around the casino corridor.
Since Clement led all triathletes throughout the course, she received some unique attention.
and#8220;I got the honor of having a police escort,and#8221; she said. and#8220;Iand#8217;ve never had a police escort on the bike and an escort on the run, and it was like, and#8216;This is fun.and#8217;and#8221;
Clement was inspired by the support she got along the course.
and#8220;Everybody was just cheering you on when you pass,and#8221; she said. and#8220;Thatand#8217;s what I love about all-womenand#8217;s triathlons. Everybody is so supportive of everybody. Thereand#8217;s lots of energy, and everybody is out there having fun.and#8221;
Stephanie Artis of Roseville posted the top running time at 19:17 and eighth-best swim time at 7:13 to finish runner-up to Albertazzi at 1:13:06. Artis previewed the course a couple months beforehand, but several factors made the triathlon for her on Sunday.
and#8220;My lungs were hurting. I donand#8217;t know if it was the altitude or just going faster than I have,and#8221; Artis said. and#8220;I havenand#8217;t done any sprint (triathlons) in a while, and they actually kind of hurt. When they are shorter, you just go harder.
and#8220;I braced myself for being really cold in the lake, and the hardest part for me was the chop. I drank more water on the swim than I did anywhere else on the course.and#8221;
Kathryn Biasotti was one of the first South Shore entrants to finish. Biasotti, who placed third in the 45-49 class, crossed the finish line in 1:26:37. Although Biasotti wasnand#8217;t able train beforehand like she would have liked, her High Meadow bike workouts with her son paid off.
and#8220;It was great to do one here,and#8221; said Biasotti, who ordinarily enters a summer triathlon at June Lake. and#8220;There are so many girls who havenand#8217;t done one before, and this gave them the opportunity.and#8221;
There were other high marks for South Shore competitors. Holly Oand#8217;Brien of Stateline was ninth overall and runner-up to Biller in the 20-24 age group; Chrissy Robertson of Zephyr Cove took second in the 35-39 age group and was 11th overall with her time of 1:23:22; Annie Jadrnicek of South Lake Tahoe was third in the 30-34 class at 1:27:46; Natalie Collin of South Lake Tahoe finished runner-up to Waskiewicz in the 40-44 division at 1:26:02; Andrea King of Zephyr Cove won the 50-54 class at 1:25:33; South Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Jill Carter came in third in the 60-64 division at 2:25:39; and Joyce Peterson of South Lake Tahoe was third in the 65-69 class at 2:15:50.
Clement had more than herself to look out for on the course, as five members of her triathlon club and#8212; Chasing Shadows and#8212; competed on Sunday.
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority paid $15,000 to secure a spot in the series, according to Mike Frye, sales and event manager for the LTVA. Iron Girl offers 11 other venues in its triathlon series and plans to add four more stops next year. Local competitor Renee Gorevin believes that the triathlon will return despite some minor issues.
and#8220;I love it that we have an all-womenand#8217;s event, and the weather ended up cooperating,and#8221; she said. and#8220;Given the turnout, I think theyand#8217;ll come back. In spite of the run from the lake to the transition area, which many people werenand#8217;t happy about, it was OK. Usually you can get out of the water and get right on your bike. The bike ride was incredible having both lanes.and#8221;
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