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By Tommy Wells
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Lamoreaux wins 2017 Pink Cheeks Triathlon crown

 


Tommy Wells

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Jason Lamoreaux didn’t post the fastest time in the swimming or biking portions of the 2017 Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon last week, but what he did with his legs made sure everyone else was watching. The 38-year-old sprinted his way through the 5-kilometer running stage and easily raced to the top of the overall standings.

Lamoreaux’s mark of 17 minutes and 36.2 seconds over the 5K course was the fastest of the day and enabled him to make up precious seconds in the other two stages of the annual Seward race.

Just how good was his running time? Consider this: He edged out second-place finisher Mick Bakker by almost 2 minutes.

All eyes weren’t on Lamoreaux when the race began. Jeremy O’Neill took the lead in the early stage by winning the 600-yard swimming stage. O’Neill, at 42 years of age, completed the lap race in a time of 7 minutes and 28 seconds – more than a minute ahead of Lamoreaux, who checked in at 8:45.9.

Bakker stood in second after the completion of the swimming stage with a time of 8:17.0.

Lamoreaux took control from there. His domination of the running stage vaulted him past Bakker and O’Neill on the leaderboard.

He cemented his victory with a solid performance in the race’s final stage – a 10-kilometer bike ride. He finished with one of the fastest times with a mark of 17:36.6.

Only Sean Ullman’s time of 17:25.0 in the bike stage was faster.

In the final standings, Lamoreaux checked in at 43:59 and edged Bakker out by a time of 1:57. Bakker completed the race at 45:36, and finished almost 4 minutes ahead of third-place finisher Kenny Reagan.

Amber Stull was the top female finisher in the race, which was sponsored by the Seward Parks & Recreation Department. The 39-year-old triathlete finished seventh overall at 50:26. Katelyn Stearns finished second among all women, taking eighth overall at 52:07.

Cadence Stull was the top teen finisher. The 13-year-old placed 20th at 59:42.

Jon Nauman was the race’s oldest competitor. At 77 years of age, he finished 130th overall with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 27 seconds.

 

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