Sunshine welcomes triathletes to Blaine for year three

Sunshine and warmer temperatures helped organizers of the Blaine Triathlon host a more pleasant experience for competitors and volunteers at the May 17 event.

The third edition of the endurance race had fewer competitors take part, 235 registrants this year down from 300 in 2013.

Triathlete Michelle Nordland heads out on the bike portion of the 2014 Blaine Triathlon May 17. She placed third in the 45-49 year-old division in a time of 1:38:36. Last year saw 300 participants while that number dropped to 235 registered participants this year. Race Director Nate Monahan attributed that to a cold spring, among other reasons.

Triathlete Michelle Nordland heads out on the bike portion of the 2014 Blaine Triathlon May 17. She placed third in the 45-49 year-old division in a time of 1:38:36. Last year saw 300 participants while that number dropped to 235 registered participants this year. Race Director Nate Monahan attributed that to a cold spring, among other reasons.Photo by Bill Jones

Nate Monahan, City of Blaine Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor attributed the lower numbers to the abnormally cool spring for training although race day in 2013 was 40 degrees and rain. This year the race went off without a drop of rain with plenty of sun in 50 degree weather.

Out of the 235 registered competitors, 190 showed up at the start line and 175 made it to the finish line in a swim that was nearly canceled because of cold water temperatures.

The official water temperature at race was 51.4 degrees. USA Triathlon recommends canceling the swim if the temperature reaches 50 or below.

Heather Lendway successfully defended her 2013 title in a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 39 seconds while Devon Palmer won the overall title in 1:09:40.

The three-tenths of a mile swim was nearly canceled from the Blaine Triathlon given the cold temperature of the water at the start time. USA Triathlon recommends the water be warmer than 50 degrees at the start. The water registered at 51.4 degrees at the start May 16.

The three-tenths of a mile swim was nearly canceled from the Blaine Triathlon given the cold temperature of the water at the start time. USA Triathlon recommends the water be warmer than 50 degrees at the start. The water registered at 51.4 degrees at the start May 16.Photo by Bill Jones

The event might switch dates to the weekend after Labor Day next season, depending on development around the park along with more parking for participants, spectators and volunteers.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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