Due to an unexpected fish kill in Ravine Lake late this week, the Ravineman Triathlon (results here) became a duathlon on Saturday, July 30. According to Parks Director Laron Klock, the dead fish resulted from an unfortunate combination of low oxygen levels in the water, high temperature, and stagnant water. Additionally, the need to drop the swim came as a surprise to locals, as at least one Huron athlete had been swimming in the lake and said it looked just fine earlier in the week. And then the fish began to wash up to the shore, belly up.
South Dakotans are tough, and we SD triathletes know how to roll with the punches. Race organizers quickly modified the course and turned the initial swim into a 1-mile run, making the race the first duathlon in race history. The powers that be also gave participants the opportunity to defer their entries to next year.
The fast and the hearty showed up on an oddly cool, late-July morning . Hometown hero Ethan Marquardt won the men’s division. Marquardt started with a smoking-fast run and then after losing his place to rides-like-the-wind Ryan Remmers and the bearded wonder Danny Jacobson on the bike, raced to the finish line and broke the tape ahead of the other athletes. Jacobson sprinted his way to second, and Remmers held onto third.
South Dakota’s queen of triathlon Kathy Grady showed her prowess and strength in the duathlon as well. Grady has clearly been putting time in on her run as she averaged a sub-7:30 min/mile run pace. Teresa VanHyfte came in second place with a solid race, and Rebecca Newhouse of Sioux Rapids, Iowa came in third.
The Grady legacy continued with the
kid’s race, which also turned into a duathlon. Andrew Grady, Kathy’s favorite protege, brought home first place.
The next race in South Dakota is the low-key and cost-efficient Riverman at Farm Island near Pierre.