Not even the storm Friday night could stop the 4th annual Bricks Multisport Festival Triathlon from speeding full force ahead as roughly 200 athletes gathered Saturday morning at Lake Como for the races.
The annual triathlon race — held in conjunction with the Delaware Senior Olympics – had some speed bumps along the way but turned out to be a successful event. This year, along with the triathlon, Bricks Multisport added two more events to the day — sprint duathlon and aquabike sprint.
The sprint triathlon featured a quarter-mile swim, 13-mile bike course, and a 3.1-mile run. The sprint duathlon consisted of a 1.35-mile run, 12-mile bike course, and a 3.1-mile run. The aquabike sprint featured a half-mile swim, 13-mile bike course, and a 200-yard walk/run to the finish line.
Athletes with the Delaware Senior Olympics also participated in their own triathlon with the option of racing in the Bricks Multisport triathlon as well.
While the storm almost cancelled the race, Race Director Jess Manning — a co-owner of Bricks Multisport — said everyone from the race staff to volunteers to athletes came together Saturday morning to help clear up the damage from Friday night’s storm.
The storm on Friday blew quite a bit of what had been set up Friday, such as tables and tents, into the trees. Moreover, the bike course didn’t look too hot either as tree limbs had fallen on the roads.
“The storm Friday night undid what we had set up in 20 minutes. It saddened me but it was neat to see everyone step up and help,” Manning said.
Jennifer Raley, a partner of Manning and co-owner Chris Hurd, attributes being able to pull of the event after the storm to the race staff, volunteers and the racers who helped clean the area up.
"The triathlon community came and saw what happened. They were extremely patient and helpful," Raley said. "We pulled everything together and it was one of the best events we've ever had."
And the winners are…
The top male and female athlete from each race were:
Robert Tisch, 41, of Bel Air, Md. – 1:00:05
Laura Kline, 35, of Quarryville, Pa. – 1:05:20
Robert Mckee, 41, of Odenton, Md. – 1:06:56
Dana Jones, 33, of Mannington, N.J. – 1:11:45
Craig Benton, 19, of Ottsville, Pa. – 59:51
Barbara Clarke, 54, of West Chester, Pa. – 1:15:47
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