Athletes break records at Buck Hurley Triathlon
SALISBURY — Chilly temperatures made for fast racing Sunday at the fourth annual Buck Hurley Triathlon, where both the men’s and women’s overall winners set new course records.
Buck Hurley Triathlon results
Female overall:1st Jennifer Leiser 54:452nd Delaine Fowler 59:563rd Jennifer DeHart 1:02:30Male overall1st James Haycraft 51:182nd Cory Tretsky 54:003rd Patrick Rimron 54:10Female overall masters:1st Pam Roseman 1:08:272nd Acquawon Stallworth 1:10:573rd Mary Helen Atkins 1:11:01Male overall masters:1st Vaugh Nelson 58:342nd Joey Pardue 58:553rd Earle Koontz 1:01:29Female grand masters1st Leslie Evans 1:34:372nd Lyn Boulter 1:50:243rd Jackie Crane 2:13:02Male grand master:1st Tom Torkildsen 1:04:082nd Greg Zamule 1:11:513rd Gary Condray 1:14:56All-female team:1st Amelia Steinman, Scotti Webb, Mimi Webb 1:18:27All-male team:1st Andy Jeter, Bret Busby, Andrew Burgess 52:23Co-ed team:1st Kisha Kirk, Guiseppe lopriore, Antony NeroKids age 7-8:1st Connor Engel2nd Olivia Burgin3rd Kathryn BusbyKids age 9-11:1st Dominic Hinkson2nd Vance Honeycutt3rd Caden SwicegoodKids team:1st Ben Blumenthal, Pryce Phillips, Parker Westbrook2nd Aubree Cain, Brenna Culp, Lauren Dorman
James Haycraft of Charlotte completed the sprint triathlon course in 51 minutes and 18 seconds, while Jennifer Leiser of Charlotte crossed the finish line in 54 minutes and 45 seconds.
In a sprint-distance triathlon, athletes swim 300 yards, bike 10 miles and then run a 5K, which is 3.1 miles. The kids’ events had shorter distances.
“I loved it,” Jason Shapiro, 25, of Charlotte, said of his first-ever triathlon. “It was very well put together.”
Including the team and youth divisions, the race attracted close to 150 competitors. Proceeds go to support YMCA families in need.
Many athletes echoed Shapiro’s praise for race organization, saying the event was well-run, well-marked and all-around fun.
“This is definitely a favorite,” said Emily Thompson of Albemarle, who completes three or four triathlons a year with training partner Dana Burleson.
Volunteers were “very knowledgeable,” said Patricia Hinkson of Huntersville, whose 9-year-old twins and 11-year-old son completed the race. “The course was well-marked, and the children had no trouble.”
Friends and family cheered as runners sprinted across the finish line after swimming in the J.F. Hurley YMCA pool and biking around Salisbury.
Kevin Brown of Cliffside has traveled to Salisbury for every Buck Hurley event and plans to return again next year.
“I enjoy coming down here,” he said. “I like the way it’s family-oriented.”
This year, Brown introduced friend Richard Ray of Rutherfordton to triathlons. Ray said he liked the challenge and plans to do more.
Despite the wind and temperatures that dipped into the 50s, Brown didn’t complain about the weather. He said he ran his fastest race yet.
The race co-directors are Ester Marsh and Sarah Busby.