Impressive turnout for Nature Valley Duathlon

POSTED: 05/14/12 12:40 PM

St. Maarten – The Nature Valley Duathlon at Le Gallion early yesterday morning provided the perfect opportunity for the young participants to emulate their peers; those that witnessed the series of races were not disappointed.

Originally, the organizers had planned a triathlon, but due to the ongoing repairs to the drainage system in the area, the swimming leg of the events had to be dropped. Tyrone Carty took top honors in the 6-8 bracket, finishing the course in a time of 14 minutes and 10 seconds. Approximately 10 seconds behind was Kilian Tonelier and in the number 3 spot was Christopher Durkan-Piek, in 14.30.

Race two was an all female affair involving 5 participants and much to the delight of those present, the diminutive figure of Keona Inguenaud was at the front of the group as they made their way through the narrow trail during the running leg and she was followed closely by Emma Quetat.

At the conclusion of lap one, it was evident that a battle was in the making between the two front runners, but when they arrived at the transition point in the second lap, Quetat, who appeared to be the stronger of the two took a slight lead and despite several attempts from Inguenaud, she held onto that position to win with a time of 16.45, two seconds ahead of Inguenaud, her nearest rival.

In race three, the boys in the 8-9 category faced off in 2 running laps and 4 riding laps. Jason Hodge, the eventual winner was carefully positioned at the start of the race and soon he was in the lead and was never challenged. Hodge stopped the clock with a time of 14 minutes and 10 seconds followed by Louis Gautrot in 15.20.

Race four had largest amount of participants when 14 boys in the 10-11 age bracket and one very brave girl prepared for the starters orders for 2 laps of running followed by 3 laps on the bike and concluding with 2 additional laps of running.

Because of the large group, getting into a good position during lap was the key, but some of the participants in that event had prior experience on that trail when they were younger. But after 7 grueling laps, it was Dimitri Pindi, with a time of 23.15 that took the top honors ahead of Kai Piscione in 23.58 and Christopher Cox, occupying the third place with a time of 27.38. Marlisha Chance, the only female in the race completed the course with a time of 35.10 – a very brave effort on her part. At the conclusion of each of the events, a representative of the sponsor handed out medals to the participants.

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