Elkhart Lake Triathlon continues strong tradition

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


THE ELKHART LAKE Triathlon June 8 drew over 1,050 participants who were all congratulated at the finish line. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley THE ELKHART LAKE Triathlon June 8 drew over 1,050 participants who were all congratulated at the finish line. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ELKHART LAKE — The Elkhart Lake Triathlon continued its tradition of being one of the top triathlons in the Midwest as the 15th annual event June 8 drew over 1,050 participants – one of its largest turnouts ever.

“It was a truly great year. All aspects seemed to run smoothly and according to plan,” said Jeff Grady, event director.

“The field was quite strong. We had over 35 Elite and professional triathletes participate, including last year’s winner Thomas Gerlach [of Madison, Olympic Elite overall champion].”

Jacob Rhyner, 29, of Clearmont, Fla., was the Olympic Elite overall winner with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 39.3 seconds. The race, which started at the Osthoff Resort, consisted of a one-mile swim, followed by a 28-mile bicycle ride and a 6.2- mile run.


ELITE/OLYMPIC (above) competitors begin the swimming portion at the start of the Elkhart Lake Triathlon June 8. Sprint Event racers (below) compete in the 12.4-mile bicycle race at the Elkhart Lake Triathlon June 8. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley ELITE/OLYMPIC (above) competitors begin the swimming portion at the start of the Elkhart Lake Triathlon June 8. Sprint Event racers (below) compete in the 12.4-mile bicycle race at the Elkhart Lake Triathlon June 8. — Review photos by Greg Ceilley The overall female champion in the Olympic Elite class was Lauren Jensen, 46, of Muskego in 2:24:49.0.

Myles Alexander, 25, of Chicago, Ill., successfully defended his overall Sprint championship with a 58:19.9 clocking. The Sprint course included a quarter-mile swim, followed by a 12.4 bike race and a 3.1-mile run.

The overall female Sprint winner was Sarah Farsalas, 39, of Itasca, Ill., in 1:09:23.5. Brenda Schwaller, 39, of Plymouth finished fourth in 1:11:48.4. Schwaller was the defending champion.

James Burke, 34, of Middleton captured first overall in the Olympic competition with a time of 2:08:49.9. Summer Ohlendorf, 27, of Madison won her second straight overall female title in 2:30:21.3.

Club competition and the Kidz Triathlon were also held. RACC, presented by GearGrinder, and Tri Wisconsin tied for first in the club competition. The club participation award went to Tri Wisconsin for having 35 members compete.

Grady received many positive comments from competitors about the Elkhart Lake Triathlon. One of those comments included: “This year’s Elkhart Lake Triathlon was one of the best. The conditions were perfect. It’s a first-class race and one of Wisconsin’s best.”

Grady expressed his thanks to all of the volunteers, including local fire departments and emergency services, and major sponsors.

For complete triathlon results, visit elkhartlakemultisports.com.


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