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.
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 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.
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