Racers defeat obstacles at river race
Despite spots of only ankle-deep water in the river, more than 400 people participated in the Great Greenbrier River Race Saturday.
Of the 14-mile triathlon consisting of running, boating and biking, the boating section of the race left participants with a larger obstacle than usual.
"I don't remember any boating. I remember some carrying, but no boating," Ron Maddalena joked. "The start was pretty bad, but then it got better. There were always spots where you were rubbing and scraping [the bottom]. Everyone was doing it around 50 percent longer than they did before."
Although the boating was more difficult this year, Maddalena said that he would participate again.
Maddalena's teammate Sue Ann Heatherly, who did the running portion of the race, enjoys the format.
"It doesn't feel too much like a race," she said. "It's more relaxing than a more competitive race and it's for a good cause."
The team was rounded out by Ray Creager, fellow boater, and cyclist Mark Clark.
After the invigorating race, the participants gathered in the Marlinton Town Park for live entertainment and good eats.
All proceeds from the entrants is used by the Greenbrier River Trail Association to sponsor various projects and to improve and promote the trail.
Results of the race are:
Solo Female: first place, Suprfli, 1:54:43; second place, Katrina Weyland, 1:58:12; and third place, Amy Dunkin, 1:59:15.
Solo Female Master: first place, Lynne Ryan, 2:03:50; second place, Laurie Schlemm, 2:04:34; and third place, Susan Chappell, 2:15:37.
Solo Male: first place, Ray Legge, 1:35:57; second place, Jeremy Bartley, 1:39:55; and third place, Scott Killmer, 1:40:00.
Solo Male Master: first place, Rod Schlemm, 1:46:52; second place, Tim Ligon, 1:51:49; and third place, Dan Withrow, 1:52:45.
Solo Youth: first place, Jacob Campbell, 2:12:18; second place, Haley Ford, 2:18:13; and third place, Alena Klimas, 2:19:24.
Team Advantage: first place, LSP, 1:42:14; second place, Flying Squirrels, 1:55:19; and third place Daly Duo, 2:01:35.
Team Co-ed: first place, Horsley, 1:44:10; second place, Gravey Train, 1:50:48; and third place, Wild Hare, 1:53:15.
Team Family: first place, Daughter, Son and the Holly Boar, 1:42:11; second place, Neases 3, 1:51:11; and third place, Ruckus, 1:56:41.
Team Female: first place, Wonder Twins, 1:57:16; second place, Mother, Jugs and Speed, 1:59:21; and third place, Espressos, 2:03:29.
Team Male: first place, Droop Mountain Boys, 1:43:35; second place, Judge & The Outlaws, 1:46:27; and third place, Balance, 1:46:28.
Team Master: first place, Team ACE, 2:05:36; second place, Galactic Geezers, 2:07:22; and third place, Kennison Menaces, 2:08:29.
Team Youth: first place, The Locals, 2:06:01; and second place, The Losers, 2:15:07.
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