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Captiva Tri provides tough challenge for all ages

By Staff | Sep 16, 2015

Plenty of children were out in force rooting for the mothers and fathers competing in the Captiva Tri. BRIAN WIERIMA

An angrier than normal Gulf of Mexico provided an early challenge for competitors in the Captiva Tri Sunday morning at South Seas Resort, but it still wasn’t enough to prevent good times at the finish line.

Big waves welcomed the Captiva Tri athletes in the early morning hours, but it didn’t prevent some top finishes by the athletes.

Twenty-eight year old Ross Lenehan of Cape Coral won the Men’s Elite Division with a time of 50:53, after outlasting 35-year-old Diego Corredor of Fort Myers, who finished second with a mark of 52:16.

The youngest boy in the competition was 10-year-old Jared Kish of Cape Coral, who ran the race in 1:32.44, while 76-year-old Stuart Wahl of Bonita Springs was the oldest and finished at 1:34.53.

The Women’s Elite Division was captured by 47-year-old Deb Morphy of Estero with a time of 1:03.43, while 27-year-old Carly Howell of Fort Myers was the silver-place finisher with a time of 1:04.34.

The anticipation was building for athletes waiting to jump into the Gulf of Mexico, which was making quite the challenge for competitors with big, crashing waves. BRIAN WIERIMA

The youngest girl in the race was 14-year-old Carley Ross of Sanibel, who finished with a time of 1:23.41, while the eldest was 72-year-old Ellen Smiley of Sanibel, who ran the triathlon in 1:39.04.

The swimming leg of the race was the hardest for most of the competitors, including 40-year-old Troy Schirk of Naples, who finished 44th in his age division with a time of 1:29.45.

“The water was definitely a little choppy,” Schirk said. “I am a strong swimmer and I was fighting it the entire way. But it’s nice to have all the volunteers out there watching out for us.”

Robin Moen and David Vuch of Sarasota each had solid times and loved the course and location it was held at.

“This is a must race for anyone,” Moen said. “The course is in excellent shape and it’s just a great place to visit. We made it a full weekend with the kids.”

A Captiva Triathlete swims the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico Sunday. BRIAN WIERIMA

The duo used the Captiva Tri as a warmup for the Half-Ironman they will be competing in Miami at the end of October.

“I felt I did well today (10th place, 1:08.32 in 45-49 age division),” Vuch said. “This was a good eye-opener for our Half-Ironman competition in Miami.”

Full results from the 2015 Captiva Tri can be found at www.altavistasports.com/results/2015results/CAPTIVATRI09132015.htm.

Group photos marked a job well done in the finish line area at South Seas Resort Sunday. BRIAN WIERIMA

Competitors had to walk/jog their bikes to the 10-mile riding course Sunday. BRIAN WIERIMA