Swim, cycle, run to the finish line

Ryan Boulton
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New winners cross finish line in annual triathlon in Waskesiu on weekend

Something old, something new, something borrowed and, well, something golden.

It might be a bit of a spin on the matrimonial saying but for Team Fresh Air Experience it proved to be the winning recipe Sunday at the 26th annual Frank Dunn Triathlon in Waskesiu.

Coming off a second-place team finish a year ago, Bill Turner retooled and it paid off as they captured the 2007 event in a winning time of 2:50:28.

Swim, cycle, run to the finish line

Something old, something new, something borrowed and, well, something golden.

It might be a bit of a spin on the matrimonial saying but for Team Fresh Air Experience it proved to be the winning recipe Sunday at the 26th annual Frank Dunn Triathlon in Waskesiu.

Coming off a second-place team finish a year ago, Bill Turner retooled and it paid off as they captured the 2007 event in a winning time of 2:50:28.

The anchor, taking on the 13 kilometre-running portion, Turner said it was sweet redemption after coming up just short in 2006.

"Yes for sure I had my eyes set on this," said Turner. "Our swimmer did really well and our cyclist made up some time and I just had to run my race."

Trailing a couple teams after Brad Kerr's solid cycle portion, Turner said it was all a matter of staying within himself.

"I was just trying to stay with the people in front of me and once the top individual guy passed me I was doing my best to stay with him," he said.

Restocked this year, the elder statesman of the squad was more than twice as old as his teammates, as Kerr, 22, of Saskatoon and Dylan McLeod, 15, of Prince Albert took care of their roles.

New to the triathlon, Kerr said he had to stretch things out but was given a solid start after McLeod's strong swim. A short course specialist, Kerr admits the 62-kilometre cycling portion of the event is the longest he has cycled competitively and was satisfied with his outing.

"It was really good and I thought I had a really good race," said Kerr. "It's completely different than strong time trials but you have a chance to make up a lot of time if you have a good run."

Competing in the event since the age of 13, McLeod joined Team Fresh Air Experience this year and was thrilled he was part of the victory.

It was a family affair Sunday as the 2007 Frank Dunn Triathlon took over the streets of Waskesiu.

Home on vacation for the summer, Glen Mengering and wife Kerrie Wlad, made sure to make their mark as the couple took both the men's and women's titles with relative ease.

Originally from Saskatoon, and now residing in Boulder, Colo., where they concentrate their training for ironman events, both made sure to make 2007 a banner year as they each ran to victory in their respected fields.

"It turned out very nice," said Mengering, 35. "I was out here (Saturday) and it looked like it was going to be a treacherous swim but it went fine."

Indeed it did, as Mengering was the first individual racer to finish the 1.5-kilometre swim. And while he didn't burn it during the 62-kilometre cycling portion, he made up for it more than enough with the quickest time in the 13-kilometre run at 49:40.

"I worked hard on the run," admitted Mengering, who had to reel in several racers during his run. "I am always surprised how strong people are here on the bike given the short season, there were some good performances."

Not to be outdone, Wlad led from wire to wire as she crossed the line more than 15 minutes before her nearest competitor.

Elated with her performance, Wled said despite a bit of cold water it was smooth sailing and a great race.

"I was nice once I finally warmed up," said Wled, who finished in a time of 3:15:04.

"The swim was cold and I was worried how I would react to that but the water was calm so I worked through it."

Kris Loshack of Edmonton, Alta., was second in the male event with a time of 2:54:54, followed by Curtis Earl at 2:55:28. Nicole Golden put together the second best female finish at 3:32:54.

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Waskesiu, Saskatoon, Boulder, Colo. Edmonton

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