The Southern Hills Triathlon took place on a beautiful Saturday morning, September 4. Participants took advantage of the cool early morning weather of the rural Hot Springs by pushing their way through a fairly challenging and course. (results can be found HERE)
The twenty-year olds reigned in the men’s Olympic distance as local triathlete (and Wildlife Loop race director) Brandon Zelfer won the Olympic division in a commanding fashion while Xterra juggernaut Erik Sykora took second and
John Enos took third. Jenny Mosley won the women’s Olympic division while Jessica Barrientos took second and Stacy Nelson rounded out the podium.
East River speedster Lance Bergeson literally ran down 19-year-old Jeffrey Loftus on the run to win the sprint title, while Mike Welu showed his experience and mettle by bringing in third place. Wyoming resident Emily Cook crossed the border to win the women’s sprint race, while Black Hills State University’s Sage Riss came in second and Felicia King came in third.
We’ve been wanting to check out this triathlon for quite a while, and the folks near Hot Springs know how to roll out the red carpet for their guests. The white-sand beach of Breakers Beach at Angostura is definitely the prettiest beach of all the race we’ve seen this season. The bike course offered long stretches of hills, with the evergreens of the Black Hills on one side and the prairie on the other. The run took participants on a smooth, serene blacktop bike path which wound its way around Angostura and, according to our sources, offered no respite from the rollers of the Hills. Every finisher received a pretty cool medal, and the ladies of the Friends of the Library provided plenty of homemade goodies for door prizes.
If you’re looking for a great way to end the season next year, put this race on your calendar. It’s a good deal if you sign up before the late deadline, and no only do the folks near Hot Springs have smiles galore for visitors, but they also have some pretty stiff competition.