Hundreds compete in Keuka Triathlon

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Athletes prepare for the Keuka Triathlon in the transition area.

The sun was barely above the horizon Sunday morning when a steady parade of athletes began making their way across the Chapel Lawn at Keuka College, preparing to participate in the 10th annual Strassburg Sock Keuka Lake Triathlon, presented by Towpath Bike.

Over 400 athletes from as far away as Maine, Wisconsin, and North Carolina participated in one of several races in the event, which includes an intermediate triathlon (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run), a .75 k swim, 22k bike, 5 k run “short tri,” and a run/bike/run duathlon, as well as an “Aquabike” and races for kids from 5 to 15 years old.

The first in a regional summer race series organized by Rochester’s Score This, the event this year also helped raise funds for the Arts Center of Yates County. The Arts Center’s board recently voted to donate the organization’s reimbursement for volunteers to the Yates County Endowment’s disaster relief fund. About 100 local volunteers turned out to help with everything from registration to early morning “body marking,” cheering on hundreds of athletes while directing activities on the various race courses, and providing water and congratulations at the finish line.

Score This organizers say the race is a great favorite with participants because of the wonderful setting and the local hospitality. Many athletes expressed delight that local artist Bonnie Barney spent time, between giving directions, creating a painting of the racers on East Bluff Drive.

The more than 450 athletes participating in the Keuka Lake Triathlon represented 11 states and two countries.

Tyler Evans of Rome won the intermediate triathlon with a combined time of 2:04:48, Ericka Hachmeritez of Corning came in eighth place over-all and first for the women with a combined time of 2:20:34.

Dan Pierce of Erie, Pa. won the short triathlon with a time of 1:05:55, with Jennie Hansen of Rochester leading the women with a time of 1:13:56.

Jeff Weaver of Elmira came in first in the Duathlon with a time of 1:16:00, and Cassandra Wolcott of Stamford, Conn. came in first in the women’s division with a time of 1:33:10.

Local participants in the event included Len Wiltberger (Aquabike) and Edwin Laursen (Short Tri) of Penn Yan, and Kate Cronin of Dundee (Duathlon).

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Complete results from the 2014 Keuka Lake Triathlon are available online at

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