45
      Friday
      75 / 54
      Saturday
      78 / 56
      Sunday
      80 / 59

      11th annual Grand Marais Triathlon a success

      The 11th annual running of the Grand Marais Triathlon brought in around 70 athletes.

      The triathlon was started 11 years ago by Ed and Karla Bowen. Unlike traditional triathlons, this was a sprint triathlon, meaning the swimming, biking, and running portions were much shorter.

      ??It's always a great triathlon here in Grand Marais,?? Karla Bowen said. ??We have people that come back year after year. They've said this is their favorite triathlon here. The weather turned out just great, sunny, a little bit of a breeze. Should be a good race.??

      The men started the 200-300 kilometer swim first, followed by the women, then the teams.

      From there, the participants hopped onto their bikes and headed down M-58. They biked past Sable Falls, along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, then back toward Grand Marais Bay.

      After 13.7 miles on their bikes, everyone ran a 5K along the shoreline to finish the triathlon.

      Everyone from all ages participated, including nine-year-old Breeze Alexander, who came out ahead of her competition in the 19 and under age division. She completed the entire triathlon in just 1:24:02.

      In the end, it was Cedarville??s Lee Kanitz who came in first in a blazing time of 0:58:09.

      He says after years of being the runner-up in this triathlon, this win was extra special.

      ??It feels pretty good actually,?? Kanitz said. ??This was on my bucket list to actually win this race. If you want to win and get a good time, you have to go fast.??

      Here is a full list of all the finishers:

      2014 Women's Triathlon

      Name

      Age

      Time

      19 and Under

      Breeze Alexander

      9

      1:24:02

      Torye Anderson

      13

      1:25:36

      Rainey Alexander

      11

      1:29:58

      Amanda Matznik

      14

      1:39:33

      Haley Mattila

      12

      1:43:03

      20-29

      Shayla Leigh*

      29

      1:13:42

      Rebecca Holmquist

      24

      1:19:20

      Elizabeth Sprehe

      29

      1:19:28

      Layla Saheb

      24

      !:37:36

      Laura Niemeyer

      21

      1:43:02

      *Overall Women's Winner

      30-39

      Niki Battjes

      34

      1:15:00

      Rachel McCoy

      38

      1:18:01

      Natalie Dotlich

      38

      1:49:13

      40-49

      Kim Block

      44

      1:36:58

      Kristi Turchan

      43

      1:39:20

      Katy Thompson

      45

      1:41:15

      Heidi Peterson

      44

      DNF

      50-59

      Christine Winter

      53

      1:24:55

      Diane Kurant

      52

      1:43:06

      MENS

      20-29

      Scott Kentner

      26

      1:00:20

      Daryl Meyette

      27

      1:33:25

      30-39

      Josh Haas

      33

      1:08:07

      Chris Erno

      38

      1:11:07

      Greg Chromy

      34

      1:15:34

      Jeff Taylor

      30

      1:16:43

      Milan Dotlich

      38

      1:18:51

      Matt Slack

      31

      1:22:09

      Louis Kusnier

      39

      1:22:53

      Jeri Ruby

      38

      1:42:46

      40-49

      Lee Kanitz*

      40

      0:58:09

      Jeff Junitti

      45

      1:00:01

      Tracey Crane

      43

      1:09:23

      Patrick Sarasin

      46

      1:16:04

      Rick Nebel

      46

      1:18:44

      Edwin Winter

      49

      1:30:30

      Josh Block

      44

      1:36:58

      Steve Mohar

      43

      1:41:56

      Lance Peterson

      49

      1:43:39

      *Overall Men's Winner

      50-59

      Scout Hester

      50

      1:02:27

      Kirk Harger

      52

      1:09:28

      Kurt Olson

      51

      1:13:49

      Craig Winnie

      52

      1:15:48

      Scott Evans

      50

      1:16:18

      Gregory Roll

      55

      1:17:06

      Donald Shaffer

      50

      1:18:20

      60-69

      Bob Plesscher

      60

      1:50:56

      Daniel Watson

      66

      2:09:13

      70-79

      Gary Lee

      77

      1:30:37

      Co-Ed Teams

      Orange Crush

      1:11:10

      Crushing Orange

      1:14:26

      Flying Wright By

      1:16:03

      Swanny & Slim

      1:16:44

      2 Kids and An Old Guy

      1:19:44

      Kenny Powers Racing Team

      1:20:44

      For His Glory

      1:24:32

      All Male Teams

      The Old Guys and the Kid

      1:22:09