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First annual 'Storm the Lake' tri draws 32 participants from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tanner Russ, 24, Storm Lake, during the bike leg of the Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanis "Storm the Lake" triathlon on Aug. 18. Russ was the third overall male finisher, with a time of 1:19:42.7. /Photo courtesy Bob Ansorge
Despite unseasonably cool temperatures on Saturday morning, eight women and 24 men, ranging in ages from 13 to 57 and from as far away as Minneapolis, Minn. and Lincoln, Neb., gathered at AWAYSIS Beach for the Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanis' first annual "Storm the Lake" sprint triathlon.

Participants for the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event swam .49 miles in the lake, biked 12.63 miles around the lake and ran a 3.1 mile loop in Lakeside, ending back at AWAYSIS Beach. During the race, Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanis members, the Storm Lake Police Department and the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office assisted with traffic and directed participants.

The Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanis hosted the event to raise money for Kiwanis International's Eliminate project, which aims to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide.

Due to generous sponsorships from local businesses, $55 from every $60 registration will fund the purchase of tetanus shots. Three doses of the immunization cost $1.80, and can protect a mother and her future babies from contracting the disease.

According to statistics compiled by the Kiwanis International program, a baby dies from tetanus every nine minutes, with 160 babies dying each day from the disease.

For a first-time triathlon, Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanis member and event organizer Duane Queen said he was pleased with the overall result and appreciated community and volunteer support for the event.

"We had a great number of people helping to put on this triathlon, and we received many favorable comments from the triathletes regarding the event," Queen said. "Most said they'd return next year, and one (participant), who was a member of a tri club, said he would encourage his fellow triathletes to come to this triathlon."

Next year, Queen anticipates the number of participants to double or possibly approach 100.


Top three male finishers: Scott Hunter, 30, West Des Moines - 1:11:57.4; Brent Swart, 34, Spencer - 1:15:02.6; Tanner Russ, 24, Storm Lake - 1:19:42.7

Top three female finishers: Bronwen Dean, 35, Sioux Center - 1:25:25.9; Anna Brennan, 33, Storm Lake - 1:34:08.9; Jamie Hunter, 26, West Des Moines - 1:38:16.0

The top three male and female finishers received gift certificates from Lakeshore Cyclery, while top three age division finishers received medals.

Male 19 and under: George Hubbard, 13, Orange City - 1:37:18.0

Male 20-24: Tanner Russ, 24, Storm Lake - 1:19:42.7

Female 20-24: Ashley Miller, 24, Storm Lake - 1:39:16.6; Breanna Platt, 23, Early - 1:48:48.2; Heather Maassen, 20, Avoca - 2:18:50.9

Male 25-29: Tyler Climer, 28, Spencer - 1:33:19.9

Female 25-29: Jamie Hunter, 26, West Des Moines - 1:38:16.0

Male 30-34: Scott Hunter, 30, West Des Moines - 1:11:57.4; Brent Swart, 34, Spencer - 1:15:02.6; Trefor Benbow, 33, Sioux Center - 1:28:44.6; Justin Hurst, 34, Sioux Center - 1:33:45.0; Scott Schwaller, 30, Johnston - 1:40:25.7

Female 30-34: Anna Brennan, 33, Storm Lake - 1:34:08.9; Abby Simons, 30, Minneapolis, Minn. - 1:40:45.7; Amy Stanwood, 32, Des Moines - 1:48:38.5

Male 35-39: Chris Cole, 39, Storm Lake - 1:24:00.0; Russell Roach, 39, Sioux City - 1:32:12.4; Ryan Richardson, 36, Knoxville - 1:35:48.7

Female 35-39: Bronwen Dean, 35, Sioux Center - 1:25:25.9

Male 40-44: Eddie Paden, 42, Syracuse, Neb. - 1:22:21.4; Robert Hubbard, 44, Orange City - 1:25:20.2; Eric Hess, 40, Charles City - 1:28:25.4; Marcus Andre, 40, Ida Grove - 1:28:47.9; Nick Preston, 44, Harlan - 1:30:40.5; Andrew Larson, 41, Storm Lake - 1:38:20.3

Male 45-49: Jade Beehler, 46, Spencer - 1:24:16.0; Chris Carr, 46, Aurelia - 1:42:17.2; Mark Kubica, 48, Omaha, Neb. - 1:42:48.3

Male 50-54: James Meyer, 52, Omaha, Neb. - 1:20:04.0; Dave Harms, 52, Independence - 1:24:56.5

Male 55-59: Clark Fort, 57, Storm Lake - 1:34:36.8; Jay Miller, 55, Lincoln, Neb. - 1:36:09.6

The Storm Lake Hy-Noon Kiwanians would like to thank the following sponsors for the event: Gold Medal---Security Trust and Savings Bank, Century Bank, The Citizens 1st National Bank, Hillshire Brands; Silver Medal---MetaBank, Meridian Manufacturing, Buena Vista Clinic-Trimark Physician's Group, Northwest Bank; Bronze Medal---Buena Vista Regional Medical Center, Brad and Maureen Strader, Family Health Center, Sugar Bowl, Harvest International, Pathways Centers for Emotional Well Being; Friends---United Bank of Iowa, Silk Screen Ink, Hy-Vee, Fareway, Dairy Queen, Brown's Shoe Fit, Hardees, Arby's, Godfather's Pizza, Villager Restaurant, Color-ize, Lakeshore Cyclery, Wal-Mart, Buntrock Salie Studio, Kristi's Kandies and Heirlooms, King's Pointe and Todd Nicholson.

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