Minor Changes Lead To New Champion At Fifth Annual Turbo Tri
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Posted: Jun 20, 2017 11:56 AM
By Drew Bud
A few changes to the Turbo Tri at the Maidstone Park Pavilion in Springs led to a new champion of the fifth annual event on Saturday evening.
For the past four years, the Turbo Tri has been specifically for adults who are interested in trying out a triathlon for the first time. The course—comprised of a 300-yard bay swim, seven-mile bike, and 1.5-mile run—is shorter than a traditional sprint triathlon (half-mile swim, 12.4-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run).
But weeks ago, i-Tri—a program that fosters empowerment and healthy lifestyle choices for adolescent girls, and the beneficiary of the Turbo Tri—was contacted by a similar organization, TriLatino, based out of the Bronx, with a mission to increase participation of Latinos in triathlon and endurance sports. TriLatino thought the Turbo Tri would be a perfect end-of-the-year event for its organization and asked if it could send a group of triathletes. In order to include their new friends, i-Tri made a change to include high-school aged competitors—anyone 15 years and older—to the event.
That led to the new champion, Ethan McCormac, 15, of East Hampton, who crossed the finish line in 34:05.02, which was close to the course record of 34:02, set by Elliot Bock last year. Bock, 31, finished second to McCormac in this year’s race in 34:36.66. Fintan McCormac, 41, Ethan’s father, placed third overall in 35:28.42, David Piccirillo, 29, finished fourth in 35:44.71, and Rickie Quansah, 17, one of the TriLatino athletes, rounded out the top five in 36:55.19.
Jerusha Ramos, the director of the Youth Development Program with TriLatino, said Quansah is a first-year member of the group and just recently learned how to swim and ride a bike. “His first lessons in those disciplines began in March of this year,” his coach explained. “We are extremely proud of how much he has accomplished in these past four months.”
Complete results are at just-in-time-racing.com under “Road Races.”
Sharon McCobb, Turbo Tri race director and athletic director for i-Tri, said that despite the low turnout everything went well.
“The race was smooth. It didn’t rain, there were no accidents,” she said.
The Hampton Youth Triathlon, i-Tri’s main event of the year, is set for Thursday, July 13, at Long Beach in Sag Harbor at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, go to itrigirls.org/youth-triathlon.