Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Clermont represents in St. Anthony's Triathlon

St. PETERSBURG — For more than a decade, Boulder, Colo., has been the triathlon capital of the United States.

Four of the top men's finishers at Sunday's St. Anthony's Triathlon — Rodolphe Von Berg (fourth), Timothy O'Donnell (fifth), Cameron Dye (seventh) and James Seear (eighth) — as well as two top women, Mirinda Carfrae (seventh) and Laura Bennett (eighth), call the city home.

But now the Central Florida city of Clermont is being called "Boulder South" by many pros. The women's winner, Sarah Haskins, as well as the fourth- and fifth-place finishers, Alicia Kaye and Sara McLarty, respectively, live and train in the southern Lake County city.

Radka Vodickova (third), a native of the Czech Republic, has been training in nearby Groveland.

"I love it," Vodickova said. "Every ride is an adventure. I see alligators everywhere!"

Old guys rule: Who says triathlon is a young man's sport? This year's St. Anthony's saw pros who are pushing 40 finish among the top 25.

Kevin Everett (13th) and Matt Reed (23rd) are 39 while Viktor Zyemtsev (19th) is 41. Greg Bennett, who at 42 is considered the elder statesman of the sport, finished the swim at the front of the pack in 19 minutes, 6 seconds but dropped out after the bike leg.

"I can feel it on a hot day like this," said Reed, a two-time winner at St. Anthony's. "Maybe I am just getting old."

Reed added he will be back next year.

"I love this race," he said.

"I'll be here just to support the cause."

But the men had nothing on the women. Laura Bennett and Rebeccah Wassner, both 39, finished eighth and ninth, respectively.

Top locals: Michael Poole, 23, who lives and trains in Tampa, finished 15th against the world's best. Poole, a native of New Zealand who came to the United States to study at USF, finished in 1:50:58. Nat Glackin, 32, of St. Petersburg, making his pro debut, finished 33rd in 2:03:11. Brittany Pierce, 30, of St. Petersburg came in 11th in 2:13:23.

Sprinters: St. Anthony's added a sprint race to its weekend of events. Ken Corigliano, 34, of Bradenton did the 750-meter swim, 11-mile bike and 5-kilometer run the fastest in 1:08:15. Rodolfo Galvao, 53, of Celebration took second in 1:04:04 followed by Joshua Servi, 28, of Longwood in 1:04:14. In the women's field, Clermont's Ciara Hopkins, 17, won in 1:06:54. She was followed by triathlon coach Celia Dubey, 42, of Tarpon Springs in 1:08:27 and Stephanie Liles-Weyant, 42, of Tallahassee in 1:09:58.

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