Fast races to Alaskaman triathlon title

 


When Andrew Fast plunged into Resurrection Bay off Lowell Point at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, he was just looking to do the best he could in the inaugural Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. His best proved to be better than anyone else’s in the 142-mile swim, ride and climb event.

The Salt Lake City, Utah, athlete—appropriately named—completed the grueling course that began in Seward and worked its way up the Seward Highway to Mount Alyeska in Girdwood in a time of 11 hours, 18 minutes and 29 seconds.

Fast’s time was almost 20 minutes faster than the second-place finisher, Danny Dvinov of Oakland, California. Dvinov checked in at 11:37:41. Anchorage’s Daniel Folmer was third.

In Seward, the athletes began the event by swimming almost three miles in Resurrection Bay before mounting bicycles and beginning a 112-mile ride to Girdwood. Once in Girdwood, the participants scaled Mount Alyeska twice before finishing.

Morgan Chaffin, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, was the top female finisher. She completed the race in a time of 12:47:50.

 

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