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MAKING THE TRANSITION: Maxwell King of Bend switches from the swim stage to mountain biking during the Solstice Triathlon Saturday at Morgan Lake. King won with a time of 2:23:35, nearly 10 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
MAKING THE TRANSITION: Maxwell King of Bend switches from the swim stage to mountain biking during the Solstice Triathlon Saturday at Morgan Lake. King won with a time of 2:23:35, nearly 10 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Staff Writer

Endurance was on display at the Third Solstice Triathlon Saturday at Morgan Lake.

Maxwell King of Bend won the event in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 35 seconds.

The event kicked off with a

1-kilometer swim.

"It was not a bad water temperature," King said. "I'm not a strong swimmer. I feel like I'm drowning every time."

After the swim, King transitioned to the 25K mountain bike ride and finished with a 10K trail run.

King said the course was beautiful. It was his first Solstice Triathlon. This is King's second year participating in triathlons.

One of the toughest sections of the mountain bike ride was a downhill stretch, King said.

"I ripped the handlebars as hard as I could," he said demonstrating with his hands. "Now, that I'm finished it hurts."

King said running is his strength. He also likes multi-sport events, especially adventure racing.

The triathlon is a Nissan Xterra Points Series Race.

Fifty-five triathletes participated Saturday. There were 10 local participants including a youth group of 14-year-olds, who competed as a team.

The 14-year-old team finished in 3:54:04. On the team was

La Grande's Austin Randolf, Tamson Ross and Kirsten Johnston.

Competitors came from California, Idaho, Washington, Utah and Nevada.

The first woman to cross the finish line was Sarah Calva of Incline Village, Nev., in 3:06:15.

La Grande's Bart Barlow finished the triathlon in 3:27:27.

La Grande's Korrie Dubray finished in 3:31:21.

Other local finishers were

La Grande's Fred Cuthbert (3:59:42), Dorothy Hancock (4:36.18) and Joseph's Marcy Strazer (3:25:20).

La Grande's Clover Royes and Lynn Willis teamed up to finish the event together. Their time was 4:02:34.

After the triathlon was over, sponsors John Combe gave massages, Brian Dredtke and Patti Hankel from Benchwarmers cooked burgers, and Mark Larson of Cyclesports sponsored Potter's House mugs as prizes.

Local landowners Norm Larkin, Joel and Susie Rice and Ross Seyfried allowed the use of their land.

Solstice Triathlon results


Morgan Lake

Individual results

Maxwell King, Bend, 2:23:35; Ross McMahan, Incline Village, 2:33:32; Matt Morell, Ketchum, 2:34:27; Anthony Pelosi, Roseville, 2:42:02; Jack Powless, Roseville, 2:43:12; Bryan Hoon, Edgewood, 2:45:06; Thomas Hayes, Seattle, 2:45:13; Alex Stevens, Jackson, 2:45:14; Andy Forbes, Boise, 2:53:07; Bryan Medrano, Elk Grove, 2:54:08; Keith Orni, Folsom, 2:56:57; Steve Miller, Lake Stevens, 2:57:57; Aaron Tara, Redding, 2:58:57; Damian Gonzalez, Stockon, 3:00:04; Michael Kauffman, Boise, 3:02:01; Jeff Beltramini, Anacortes, 3:03:40; Sarah Calva, Incline Village, 3:06:15; Nathan Owens, Salt Lake City, 3:09:49; Lori Harvey, Boise, 3:10:24; Kathleen Morell, Ketchum, 3:13:10; Dieter Hoffmann, Portland, 3:13:36; Dani Baranello, Portland, 3:14:56; Chi-an Wang, Roseville, 3:15:21; Shawn Kohtz, Payette, 3:22:08; Peter Palmer, Carson City, 3:22:16; Jim Kaplan, Incline Village, 3:23.16; Brandyn Roark Gray, Sandpoint, 3:23:59; Marcy Strazer, Joseph, 3:25:20; Tyson Logan, Jackson, 3:27:14; Bart Barlow, La Grande, 3:27:27; Chris Robinson, Vancouver, 3:29:45; Korrie Dubray, La Grande, 3:31:21; Matt Stone, Soulsbyville, 3:37:16; Dan Clark, Portland, 3:42:23; Travis Armstrong, Boise, 3:48:23; Fred Cuthbert, La Grande, 3:59:42; Rachael Novak, Corvallis, 3:59:44; Carolyn McIntyre, Stockon, 4:12:33; Jim Leissler, Portland, 4:19:11; James Blanc, San Mateo, 4:21:22; Dorothy Hancock, La Grande, 4:36:18

Team results

Team 1 (Austin Randolf, Tamson Ross and Kirsten Johnston), La Grande, 3:54.04; Team II (Clover Royes and Lynn Willis), La Grande, 4:02.34.

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