Soggy conditions can’t dampen Blaine triathletes’ spirit

Year two of the Blaine Triathlon greeted participants in the sprint-triathlon distance event around The Lakes neighborhood in Blaine May 18 with rain showers.

The start was delayed an hour and 40 fewer participants took part than a year ago.

Nate Monahan, programs supervisor for the city of Blaine, estimated the slim crowd at about 100 people because of the soggy conditions.

“I don’t blame them for not wanting to watch out in the rain,” Monahan said. “Otherwise we didn’t have any injuries, everyone was safe and we did the best we could. We made it through, but it was a tough day.”

Brett Lovaas, 39, was the top finisher of the one-third mile swim, 16.7-mile bike ride and 3.5-mile run in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 46 seconds. Jeff Grebner, 47, finished second in 1:13:12 and David Phillips, 28, was third in 1:14:56.

Heather Lendway, 29, was the top women’s finisher in 1:16:29 followed by Megan Erlandson, 23, in 1:26:08 and Kjersten Buzek, 39, in 1:28:17.

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