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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Triathlon athletes awoke to foggy conditions Monday morning, July 4. But by the time the rubber bike tires hit the streets, the fog had lifted, giving participants a clear bike and running route.

The annual Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation Amateur Triathlon drew eager participants. Seven teams and numerous individuals participated in the competition day.

Teams and individuals competed in the bike, run, swim event. Competitors came from both Colorado and Nebraska. MMHF hosts this event each year to enhance the quality of life for all who are wanting to be healthier.

The team of Jared Anderson, Lane Anderson and Pamela McWilliams turned in the fastest time of 29:49.09. AJ Brandt, Issac Brandt and Jose Jaquez finished second with a time of 36:27.

Pamela McWilliams (pictured) teamed up with Jared and Lane Anderson to turn in the fastest team time during Monday’s amateur triathlon.  —Enterprise photo

Other teams competing were Tara Krueger, Gunnar Kroeger and Deb Blakeman, third, 43:51; Madison Anderson and Dani Brandt, fourth, 47:04; Annette Kaselman, Julie Neighbors and Veronica Murillo, fifth, 47:31; Marilyn McDaniel, Linda Nelson and Jeff Kaselman, sixth, 48:13; and Anna Jelden, Linda Jelden and Debbie Brandt, seventh, 55:42.

The top female individual was Jonetta Anderson and top male was Shane Gerhartz.

Individual results were as follows:

—Female 4-10 age group: Shianne Willmon, 1:15.13.

—Female 11-18 age group: Anna Jelden, 55:42.

—Female 19-30 age group: Larissa Gerhartz, 53:33.

—Female 31-54 age group: Jonetta Anderson, first, 42:28; Susie Vasa, second, 43:27; and Tracy Trumper, third, 45:36.

—Male 19-30 age group: Shane Gerhartz, 40:21.

—Male 31-54 age group: Jerry Brandt, 44:48.

—Male 55 and older: Pete Markle, 43:18.


Bikers tear off the starting line Monday morning, July 4. The seventh annual Melissa Memorial Hospital Amateur
Triathlon went off without a hitch and even drew competitors from Imperial, Neb.      —Enterprise photo

Amateur triathlon participant Tracy Trumper begins the
running portion of the event. Trumper decided only minutes
before the event began to participate and completed
the biking, running and swimming herself.  
        —Enterprise photo

Six-week challenge participants recognized

Following Monday’s triathlon, certificates were presented to competitors of the six-week challenge which was conducted April 15-May 30. Those participating in the six-week challenge are challenged to complete the distance of a real one-day triathlon in a six-week period.

Awards were as follows:

—Most miles in run/walk: Susan Ortner, 149.75 miles.

—18 and below most miles: Gunnar Kroeger.

—Most miles 19-54 years: Deb Tatum, 990.95 converted miles.

—Most miles 55 years and older: Gloria Heinitz, 757 converted miles.

—Biggest weight loss: Jason John, Sharon McWilliams and John Ayoub.

—Most cumulative team weight loss: R.I.S.E to Exercise, 8.4 percent.

—Team with highest average total miles: HHS to be fit, 619.70 miles.

—Most miles swam: Shanda Willmon, 9.1 miles.

—Most biking miles: Ted Blakeman, 247.4 miles.

Holyoke Enterprise July 7, 2011