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Triathlon, PLOW Swim Challenge results announced

By Kirsten Le Roux
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter XTERRA Pagosa Springs overall female and male winners Molly Hummel and Josh Merrick, pictured with GECKO’s Mike and Kirsten Le Roux.

Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter
XTERRA Pagosa Springs overall female and male winners Molly Hummel and Josh Merrick, pictured with GECKO’s Mike and Kirsten Le Roux.

With temperatures in the 80s both days, it was the perfect weekend for GECKO’s two swim events, the XTERRA Pagosa Springs off-road triathlon and the PLOW (Pagosa Lakes Open Water Swim Challenge).

With over 100 athletes enjoying the summer heat of Pagosa Springs, there were entries as far afield as Manhattan with representatives from 10 different states.

Over 50 local volunteers helped GECKO stage the events and local businesses once again showed support.

Competitors on both days were treated to Hands On Art Camp’s cute “swimming GECKOs.” The locally made clay medals are becoming a trademark of the GECKO events and a highlight for finishers and age group winners. Scott Slind’s handcrafted metal trophies were also a talking point.

Thanks to everyone that assisted in making the weekend a success for GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors). Proceeds from the weekend go to GECKO’s programs to get kids off the couch, unplugged and outside.

Full results can be found on the GECKO website, www.joingecko.org, with overall winners for the events both dates were as follows.

Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter XTERRA Pagosa Springs overall team category winners are Terry Noyes, Juli Morelock and Paula Miller.

Photo courtesy Natalie Carpenter
XTERRA Pagosa Springs overall team category winners are Terry Noyes, Juli Morelock and Paula Miller.

XTERRA Pagosa Springs 

(A 1-mile swim, 16-mile mountain bike, 6.2-mile trail run.)

  • First-place male: Josh Merrick (Alamosa) 2:26:48.
  • First-place female: Molly Hummel (Durango), 2:46:15.
  • First-place team: Crossfit Pagosa (Pagosa Springs): Terry Noyes, Juli Morelock and Paula Miller,  3:27:42.
  • The oldest competitor to finish the triathlon was Bryan Bowker, age 67, who completed it in 3 hours and 53 minutes.

PLOW
(Pagosa Lakes Open Water swim)

One-mile swim:

  • First place: Wito Vanheyste, age 20, with a time of 22:17.
  • Second place: Robert Hahn, age 16, with a time of 22:12.
  • Third place: Jake Ivey, age 17, with a time of 22:45.

Half-mile swim:

  • First place: Savannah Johnson, age 14, with a time of 12:45.
  • Second place: Raymond Johnson, age 44, with a time of 14:00.
  • Third place: Casey Lakatos, age 13, with a time of 15:03.
  • The oldest competitor in the swim was John Winton, 70 years young.

The next GECKO event is the popular Devil Mountain Ultra (6: 30 a.m.) and Demons of Dust trail run (8 a.m. and 9 a.m.) on Saturday Aug. 23. There is also a kids’ free fun trail race. Registration is open online at www.joingecko.org for 5k, 10k, half-marathon, 50k and 50-mile distances. If you would like to compete, sponsor or volunteer, contact Mike Le Roux at 398-0612 or email info@joingecko.org.

This story was posted on August 7, 2014.