A deceptively warm day greeted Wolves Tri participants this past Sunday, May 3. Semi windy conditions along with warmer-than-average made this particular SDTA sanctioned triathlon a memorable one.
Running phenom Justin Schweitzer brought home the win with a solid swim and a smoking fast bike and run. Schweitzer posted a 16:35 run and a 56:32 overall, a time which contributed to solidifying a new Wolves Tri record (which happened to be his own from 2014). Second place finisher Kevin Mitchell also went sub-one hour for the second week in a row with a final time of 59:50. Future Ironman Michael Martin brought home third place, and Ryan Remmers and Lance Bergeson came in fourth and fifth.
The 2014 Wolves female champ Kathy Grady once again dominated the women’s field with an overall time of 1:04:47. Teresa Van Hyfte posted a second place finish for the second week in arrow. Youngster Hannah Kastigar not only won third place overall, but she posted the fastest swim time of 4:40 amongst all athletes, men and women. Nancy Whitlock won fourth place, and Kimber Pierzchalski won fifth among the women.
This particular race offered triathletes an 8-lap pool swim, a 12-mile fairly flat ride on county roads, and an equally flat 5K in and around Aberdeen. Participants in general called the route good with clear markings. Many expressed their disdain for the stiff breeze, but post race most participants, like the tough South Dakotans they are, claimed the wind was a nonfactor overall. Based on athlete attire, temperatures were far warmer than we’d expect in early May up north.
Overall, the Wolves Tri was a success, especially with a sighting of the legendary Frank Farrar for the second week in a row. Farrar donned his tri gear for the second week in a row, proving his mettle once again, and inspiring all who saw him compete.
Congratulations to all the Wolves Tri participants! Curious parties can find results here.