The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Wolfgang Kurtz
LOG Editor 

Tri-Harder-Thon three times the fun


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

It was mostly cloudy and dead calm at Kenai Lake for the kayak leg of the 2013 Subway Tri-Harder-Thon as the teams and soloists gathered at the Primrose Campground launch point. The 9 a.m. starting time got everyone out early ahead of afternoon winds that can plague kayaking events on the large mountain lake. The kayakers paddled out to the barely visible turnaround point and back to pass the baton to the next relay partner or, in the case of the soloists. to keep going on foot.

The running portion of the triathalon started at the campground and ended at the Grayling Lakes trailhead along the Seward Highway where the bicycle leg began. Under sunny skies, competitors pedalled to the bike path underpass near Three Bears and back out to the Spring Creek day use area across Resurrection Bay near the Seward Marine Industrial Center.

Soloist Joshua Thomas whipped through all legs of the contest to end up in the top sport followed in short order by the Alaska Fjord Charters team. The team, composed of MaryLynn, Allison and Kenzie Barnwell, had a total time of 2:38:47 compared to Thomas’ time of 2:36:28. Among the competitor’s in the foot race, Allison Barnwell had the fastest time at 52:27, almost five minutes ahead of Thomas’ 57:16. There were four soloists and five teams entered in the second annual Tri-Harder-Thon. Complete results are available online.


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