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23 compete in MMHF triathlon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holyoke Enterprise   
 Competing in biking, running and swimming, 23 people gathered for the annual Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation Amateur Triathlon on Saturday, May 16.
 Cherrie Brown, MMHF executive director, was present to start the event, and participants lined up to bike four miles, run two miles and swim six laps.
 The triathlon could be completed by individuals, or the three events could be split up among a team.
 With this year’s fastest time, Kurt Rumold claimed first place in the adult individual category clocking in at 34:24. Kelvin Haidle finished second with a time of 37:09.
 In the senior individual category, Jerry Brandt finished first at 50:48 while Erin Vieselmeyer and Molly Brandt tied for first in the junior individual category with a time of 55 minutes.
 In the team division, groups of two or three competed in categories based on the combined age of team members.
 The team of Issac, Dani and Becca Brandt took first in the 0-50 group with a time of 43:06.
 In the 51-100 age category, Jared Anderson and LeAnne McWilliams clocked in at 35:09 earning first place honors. “The Home Team” with members Tom Bennett, Amy Krogmeier and Brandi Helgoth claimed second with a time of 45 minutes while the team of Tara Krueger, Deb Blakeman and Krista Blakeman finished third at 48:30.
 Competing for the HHS—Happily Hardy Snails team, Kevin Asbury and Tanisha Bules earned first place honors in the 101+ division with a time of 35:23. Second place finishers were Jennifer Kral and Brenda Krueger coming in at 47:40, and the Jumpin’ Jacks team of Rhonda Moore, Henry Moore and Cherrie Brown finished at third with a time of 57:15.
Six-week challenge
 Saturday’s triathlon was the conclusion of a six-week challenge also sponsored by MMHF. Participants are challenged to complete the distances of a real one-day triathlon in a six-week period.
 Competitors were recognized for special achievements in the six-week challenge at Saturday’s triathlon award ceremony. Awards were as follows:
 —Team with highest average total miles: HHS—Happily Hardy Snails (466.1).
 —Family with highest average total miles: Rd’s Wild Bunch.
 —Business with highest average total miles: Tele Tubs.
 —Biggest natural weight loss: Amanda Houghtelling.
 —Most cumulative team body fat loss: The B.A.B.’s.
 —Oldest individual with most miles: Johnny Bonner.
 —Youngest individual with most miles: Tara Krueger.
 —Individual event most miles: Tara Krueger, swim (182); Kevin Asbury, run (180); and Pete Markle, bike (135.75).