The Sertoma Club in cooperation with SD Game, Fish, & Parks hosted Yankton’s Best Tri this past Saturday, August 26. (results are here) Participants showed their mettle in this race with white-caps to conquer in the swim, quad-burning hills on the bike, and stifling humidity that hovers around the river all summer long. In short, some of South Dakota’s strongest triathletes found themselves with a major accomplishment upon crossing the line on the bike path.
Hometown stud Kipp Kinsley crushed the competition overall, posting the fastest times in every discipline with the exception of T2 (where Vanessa Rockne took first place by a second). Kinsley emerged from Lewis & Clark Lake even before the team swimmers who started several minutes before he did. Perennial powerhouse Kevin Mitchell came in second with a solid show in all three disciplines, and Ryan Remmers capped off his season with third place.
Kathy Grady, the one we’ll call the overcomer of the season, took first place for the women and not so surprisingly cracked the top ten overall. Youngster and speedy runner Elizabeth Kuckuk ran away with second place for the winner, and despite battling severe dizziness after one of the toughest swims we’ve seen all season, Teresa VanHyfte took third place.
The team of KPI from Yankton consisting of David C Carda, Mark Westerman, and Nate Hicks took first place for the teams. The Skelfam team of Sam A Schelhaas and Isaiah Schelhaas took second, and the Ugly Guppies which consisted of Ryan and Elizabeth DeGroot took third place.
This was the last event on the east side of the river in South Dakota for the 2017 season. We saw the most inspirational events of all this season, with two different sights. Eighty-eight year-old Frank Farrar once again showed up and raced, and despite telling people to not wait for him at the end, he had a crowd to cheer him to the finish. We love Frank. And second, a vision impaired runner (holding on to the tether attached to her sighted guide) running for the team JaK Eminem finished the run and had all who saw her mesmerized by her spirit. Shouts of “just a few more steps” helped bring her to the finish and brought tears to the eyes of just about anyone who saw her finish.
Those still looking for a tri-adventure this season have two more opportunities in South Dakota, but they’ll have to go over to the wild wild west. Next Saturday Southern Hills at Angostura (just outside of Hot Springs) takes place, and the Wildlife Loop in Custer comes up the week after that. Stay tuned to SDTriNews.com. We’ll have a race preview on Monday.