Litchfield News

Sandy Beach Triathlon draws big field in 10th year (08-04-12)

Clifford Cooper of Litchfield, above, glides down East Shore Road as he heads for the finish line of the Sandy Beach Triathlon. Below, Kathi Peck of Goshen acknowledges the crowd after emerging from the water. John McKenna photos

More than 200 adults and 31 children participated in the Sandy Beach Triathlon in sweltering temperatures on Friday.
The 10th annual event was directed by Bill Houle of Morris and was sponsored by Litchfield's Parks and Recreation Department. Proceeds benefited Sandy Beach, the Lustgarten Foundation and other charities.
The donation to Lustgarten was made in memory of JoAnne McCormick of Litchfield, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2010. McCormick was a regular participant in the Sandy Beach Triathlon. Her husband, Brian McCormick, competed Friday.
Participants in the adult division swam a half-mile in Bantam Lake, biked 10 miles around the lake and ran 3.1 miles on East Shore Road.

Australian James Thorp, 21,was the winner in 59:11. Jeromie Schumacher, 38, of Morris was second 1:05.05 and Eric Sandrib, 18, of Litchfield was fifth in 1:03.37. Sandrib's brother, Brian, 21, was seventh in 1:05.30, Kyle Halloran of Morris was ninth in 1:07.34 and Cal Swomley of Litchfield was 14th in 1:09.31.

The first female finisher was Jessica Davis of Bethlehem, who was 22nd in 1:11.39. Lisa Dunn of Wilton was the second female, placing 24th in 1:12.16.
Mary Ellen Birdsall, left, of Bantam and Miki Duisterhof of Morris
manned a water station during the triathlon.
Bill Houle of Morris, the triathlon director, provides final instructions before the start.
Participants head into Bantam Lake for the half-mile swim.
Mike Mahan of Litchfield is greeted by Bill Houle after emerging from the water.
Leland Parker of Litchfield makes his exit from the lake.
Luci Juvan of Morris prepares for her ride around the lake.

 Brian Sandrib of Litchfield embarks on the 3.1-mile run.
Winner James Thorp of Australia crosses the finish line.
Jeromie Schumacher of Morris finished second.
Eric Sandrib of Litchfield crosses the finish line in fifth place.
Roger Mahieu of Litchfield was the runner for a relay team.
Spencer Sass of Litchfield ran a leg for a relay team.
Kelly Taylor of Morris approaches the finish line.
Clifford Cooper of Litchfield finishes the bike portion of the race.
Jenny Cappello of Litchfield runs along East Shore Road.
Theresa Simaitis of Litchfield, left, prepares to drop the hammer
on an unsuspecting opponent during the run.

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