Two Bay Area Athletes Take Podium Spots at Ironman World Championships

Bay Area residents Ritch Viola and Liza Rachetto put together a pair of very impressive performances at the Ironman World Championships held on October 14th in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The race consisted of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run and saw athletes from around the world compete for world titles and the opportunity to be called an “Ironman” at triathlons biggest event of the year. Viola, of Tiburon, competed in the men’s 45-49 age group and completed the grueling course in a time of 9 hours, 20 minutes and…

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Bay Area’s Kelsey Withrow Takes Podium Spot in Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz

September 14, 2017 Santa Cruz, CA – Professional triathlete Kelsey Withrow of Pleasant Hill raced her way to a third place finish in this year’s Ironman Santa Cruz 70.3. The swim portion of the race was shortened to 750 meters due to heavy fog off Cowell Beach but the shorter course didn’t stop Withrow who came out of the water first in 11 minutes and 25 seconds. Several competitors were in close pursuit and Americans Liz Lyles and Linsey Corbin moved into the front on the bike. The two would…

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Race Recap: 2017 Oakland Triathlon Festival

August 29, 2017 OAKLAND – The Oakland Triathlon Festival kicked off its fourth year this past weekend on a beautiful day in Oakland. Jack London Square was once again the venue and athletes from all over the country came to race at the largest urban triathlon on the west coast. The festival offered something for multisport athletes of every ability. On tap were Olympic/International and Sprint distance Triathlons, Duathlons, Aquathlons and Aquabike races. There were also relays as well as Athena and Clydesdale divisions. With a full slate of racing…

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Bay Area Athletes Earn High Honors at USAT Age Group National Championships in Omaha

August 14, 2017 Over 4,000 triathletes from around the country traveled to Levi Carter Park in Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend to compete at the 2017 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships. Olympic distance races were contested on day one, Saturday, which were followed by Sprint distance races on day two. Among the many athletes competing was Santa Rosa’s William Marshall. Marshall was crowned the 2016 National Champion in the men’s 75-79 age-group in both the Olympic and Sprint distance. He returned to Nationals this year again registering in both…

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Race Recap: Ironman Santa Rosa; Bay Area’s Susannah Breen takes third in women’s overall

August 1, 2017 Santa Rosa – Nearly 1,900 age-group athletes from around the world flocked to Santa Rosa to participate in the 2nd annual Ironman Santa Rosa. Nicholas Noone of Parker, Colo. captured the overall men’s title while Chelsea Tiner of Dallas, Tex. took top honors on the women’s side. Noone, the 2017 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club national champion for the University of Colorado, was competing in his first ever Ironman race. He finished the 2.4m swim, 112m bike and 26.2m run in a time of 8:53:44. Rodrigo Romero Garcia…

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Race Recap: Barb’s Tri

July 26, 2017 Healdsburg – Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg was the site of the First Annual Barb’s Tri. Formerly known as Barb’s Race, the triathlon returns after a one year hiatus. The race is the only women’s only triathlon in Northern California to raise money for people with a cancer diagnosis. The day of racing included an Olympic distance race, a Sprint race and an Olympic distance relay. The Olympic Race Deidre Hasset put in an impressive performance to take the overall title in the Olympic distance race. Her…

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Race Recap: California Triathlons

June 26, 2017 Pleasanton – Once again, Shadow Cliffs Park in Pleasanton was the sight of the California Triathlons presented by USA Productions. The Olympic distance races (1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run) were won by Alastair Eeckman (Oakland Triathlon Club) of Berkeley and Claire Mancini (Team Sheeper) of Hillsborough. In the Sprint distance races (1/2 mile swim, 9 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) Sara Randolph of Benicia and Peter Mendes of Albany took home top honors. Olympic Race Eeckman, fresh off a 2nd place overall (1rst Elite) finish at…

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Bay Area Athletes Win National Titles at Duathlon Nationals

June 19, 2017 BEND, OR – Over 500 athletes competed in two days of racing at USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon this past weekend. On day one, the Standard Distance Duathlon (10K run, 40K bike and 5k run) and Sprint Distance Duathlon (5K run, 20K bike and 2.5K run) races were held. On day two, the Draft Legal Sprint Distance World Championship Qualifier was held and athletes competed for coveted spots to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Odense, Denmark. Several Bay…

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San Rafael’s Piampiano Takes Second at Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship

June 14, 2017 CAIRNS, Australia – Sarah Piampiano (San Rafael) earned another podium finish this year by taking second place at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship this past weekend. This second place marked the third consecutive second place finish for Piampiano in as many races. Her previous podium finishes this year were Ironman 70.3 Peru and Ironman 70.3 Santa Rosa. Piampiano started the swim over eight minutes behind the eventual winner, Sarah Crowley of Australia. On the bike Crowley built upon her lead as Piampiano moved through the field. Piampiano secured…

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Despite Canceled Swim, Racing Carries On at Escape From Alcatraz

June 12, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO – Due to strong winds and rough waters, the swim portion of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon was cancelled. Race officials commented on Twitter that due to a small craft advisory, “the smaller safety support vessels necessary to support our swimmers cannot be in the water safely.” Though it was a setback, fierce racing continued and started with the 18 mile bike and finished with the 8 mile run. Rio U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute won the men’s race and Lauren Goss of Boulder took top…

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