Yankton’s Best Tri (results are HERE) took place Saturday, August 27 with the most perfect conditions any triathlete could ask for. The Missouri River spread out placidly with nary a wave, and a nice early morning rain shower and cooler temps created that perfect zone where the competitive athlete could push his limits without even considering environmental distress.
The 2016 standouts Ethan Marquardt and Kathy Grady used their strengths to break the finish line tape first. Marquardt had a solid swim, exiting the water ahead of his peers. A modified bike course thanks to road construction meant some monster hills, and this played into the uber-biker Kevin Mitchell’s favor. Mitchell came in first into T2 first but with noted concern that his lead wouldn’t hold. When Marquardt hit the trail for the run, he turned on the afterburners and smoked the competition ahead of him, passing Mitchell around mile two. Danny Jacobson stretched out his long, lean legs to reign in third place. Hometown boy Luke Serck came in fourth, and Ryan Remmers came in fifth.
Grady used her shark-like skills to build a sizable lead against the female competition (and the men as well), and she maintained the lead with a strong bike and run. Kimber Pierzchalski continues to improve with each race, and she came in on the run, nipping at Grady’s heels. The super-fit Sandy Lieferman came in third amongst a competitive female field. Theresa Van Hyfte and Jayna Silvernail came in fourth and fifth respectively.
Kudos go to the folks down in Yankton for putting on a great race overall. When road construction forced them to modify the bike route, they came up with a challenging route that showcased some of the best hills, valleys, and the views that bring visitors to their fine city. In short, the Sertoma Club, who runs this race, used their venue well. They also catered well to the hungry athlete and their support crews by having piping hot pizza delivered by one of their sponsors, Pizza Ranch, at the end of the race. Great work, Yankton. Thanks for the hospitality and fun race.