AARON COLMAN exits the water after the swimming portion of Saturday’s Granite Man Triathlon. Colman won his sixth Granite Man title and second in a row. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 20, 2012WOLFEBORO — If he keeps it going, Aaron Colman may be able to open a granite business.
Colman came home with his sixth overall Granite Man Triathlon championship on Saturday, Aug. 18, taking home the top honor for the second year in a row, this time besting Keith Lundquist of Concord by less than a minute. Colman, of Rye Beach, finished in 1:28:47 and Lundquist finished in 1:29:36. Lundquist actually crossed the finish line 24 seconds ahead of Colman, but because his wave went out earlier than Colman's, he finished in second place. Steve Piotrow of Jackson finished third overall in a time of 1:30:10, followed by Bruce Lander of Dover in 1:31:31 and Jeremy Fletcher of Greenland in 1:31:37.
On the women's side of things, a new name emerged at the top of the list, as Danielle Kays of Bel Air, Maryland took home the top honors with a time of 1:401:13. Emilie Siosson journeyed down from Canada and took second place overall with her time of 1:41:46 and Granite Man veteran Carolyn Cole of Cornish raced to third overall with her time of 1:43:17. Kelsey Smith of Stratham was the fourth female finisher, taking a time of 1:44:06 and Wolfeboro's Elizabeth Bronson came home fifth overall in 1:44:55.
Race day dawned a bit rainy at Carry Beach, but as the start time neared, the clouds lifted and it turned into a perfect summer day and the first athletes hit the water on command from starter Judy Drew at 9 a.m. under sunny skies.
Local competitors brought home solid times across the board, with many taking top honors in their age groups.
In the 18 to 29 age group for men, Kurt Richardson of Wolfeboro raced to seventh place overall with his time of 1:43:32, while Wolfeboro's John Goodwin took 10th in 1:50:22. Tom Maughan of Melvin Village, who was the first swimmer out of the water (second fastest swim time of the day) finished 11th in 1:51:22 and Bradford Kline of Wolfeboro was 18th in 2:08:18.
For the 30 to 34 age group, Wolfeboro's Kempes Corbally was the top finisher, clocking in at 1:31:46, which actually put him in seventh place overall, the top hometown finisher. Brewster Academy Athletic Director Matt Lawlor finished fifth in the division with his time of 2:04:58.
In the 35 to 39 age group, Sam Ftorek of Wolfeboro was the sixth place finisher, crossing the line in 1:59:14, while Cameron Pratt of Wolfeboro finished eighth in 3:07:36.
Piotrow's time of 1:30:10 was tops in the 45 to 49 age group. David Blackburn of Wolfeboro came home 14th in the age division with his time of 1:52:32 and John Krebs of Freedom was 17th in 1:59:47, the final competitor finishing in under two hours. KC Lincoln of Wolfeboro was one spot back in 18th place in 2:00:06. Ossipee's Richard Fahy finished 19th in 2:02:13.
Martin Boucher of Wolfeboro cracked the top 20 with an 18th place finish overall in 1:38:47, which put him in second place in the 50 to 54 age division. Peter Hess of Wolfeboro was 13th in 2:01:01 and Michael Cronin of Wolfeboro was 16th in 2:47:15.
In the 55 to 59 age group, Bob Mathes of Wolfeboro finished second overall with his time of 1:44:27, followed by Dan Coons of Wolfeboro in 1:50:20. Ronald Harrison of Mirror Lake finished fourth in 1:54:49.
Coons' time was made even more impressive by the fact that he was one of a number of competitors who stopped to help an injured biker in Tuftonboro and stayed with her until emergency crews arrived.
In the 70 and older age group, Gil MacDonald of Melvin Village raced to the top spot overall in 2:22:11, with Barry Bosak of Wolfeboro in second place in 2:27:33.
Ben Pratt of Wolfeboro finished in 3:01:33, though no age division was given for his finish.
On the women's side of things, Elizabeth Corbally of Wolfeboro was second in the 30 to 34 age group with her time of 1:51:15.
In the 35 to 39 age group, Bronson's time of 1:44:55 put her in first place, while Kirsten MacLellan of Wolfeboro raced to second place in a time of 1:51:42. Kristina Howlett of Barnstead was fourth in 2:00:38.
In the 40 to 44 age group, Alton's Darcey Bartel took top honors in 1:44:59, with Wolfeboro's Kelly Demain coming home in eighth place in 2:12:01.
Fran O'Donoghue of Mirror Lake was second in the 45 to 49 age group in 1:47:57, with Deborah Bunting of Wolfeboro in sixth in 2:06:50 and Sheila Cronin of Wolfeboro in eighth in 2:15:55.
For the 50 to 59 age group, Joanne Phalon of Wolfeboro was fifth in 2:03:07 and Wolfeboro women claimed spots seven through nine, with Cathy Russo in 2:16:04, Marge Strunk in 2:16:21 and Cynthia Hess in 2:19:08.
Athletes could also compete as teams of two or three.
The fastest overall team time was recorded by the Debrusk family team of Contoocook, racing to a finish of 1:27:56.
Among male teams, the Wolfeboro team of Lin, Kirwan and Harper raced to a time of 1:38:08 to claim first place in the division.
For the female teams, the team of Hill, Hansel and Haney of Melvin Village took the top spot with a time of 1:46:19. The team of Peternel, Jacobs and Kidder-McIntire of Wolfeboro was second in 1:46:23, followed by the team of Hunt, Meehan and Fleming of Tuftonboro in 1:52:46. The team of Rankin, Houseman and Scott of Wolfeboro took fourth in 1:54:10 and the team of Lawlor, Cloos and Hale of Wolfeboro took seventh place in 2:04:41.
Among co-ed teams, the team of Fox, Duffy and John ran to first place in a time of 1:37:52, with the Mirror Lake team of Haley, Haley and Haley finishing in seventh place in 1:54:10. The team of Frank, Schell and Hawver of Wolfeboro finished in eighth place in 1:55:41 and the Mirror Lake team of Sheahan, Burbank and Dodd was 11th in 2:01:07. The team of Lee, Hopkins and Guyer of Wolfeboro finished 17th in 3:01:25.
Among family teams, the team of Hewitt, Sloan and Whitford of Mirror Lake was second in 1:39:05, followed by the Richardson team of Wolfeboro in 1:41:42. The team of Maidhof, Pizzo and Chu of Melvin Village finished sixth in 1:45:12 and the Tessier team of Mirror Lake came home eighth in 1:55:08. The team of Dugan, Brooks and Granan of Wolfeboro was 10th in 1:57:07 and the Maughan team of Melvin Village was 12th in 2:04:16. The russo team of Wolfeboro finished 15th in 2:12:12.
For the 16 and under teams, Meehan, McNamara and McKenna of Mirror Lake came home second in 1:46:29 and the team of Meehan, Barnard and Niconchuck of Mirror Lake finished fourth in 2:17:29.
For the 50 and over female teams, the pairing of Coons and Coons took top honors in 1:57:15.
For 50 and over co-ed teams, the team of Cain, Bransfield and McCarriston finished third in 2:10:34 and the team of Murray, Pratt and Pratt came home fourth in 2:14:46.
The Granite Man Triathlon is run every year as a fundraiser for the Albert Dow III Memorial Scholarship Fund. Dow was killed in a search and rescue mission on Mount Washington in the early 1980s and the scholarship fund was set up in his name to honor "That Kingswood High School graduate who exemplifies unselfish devotion to the service of mankind."
Dow's mother, Marjorie, the driving force behind the Granite Man, was on hand once again to help out and handed out the granite prizes to the overall winners. Volunteer coordinator Kristen Pike and Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Christine Collins handed out the age-division awards. All winners received a granite award for their accomplishments.
The race consists of a three-quarter mile swim off of Carry Beach, a 15-mile bike ride through Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro and a 4.2-mile run out to Wolfeboro Neck. The race begins on Carry Beach and ends on the front lawn of the incredibly generous Cain family, just across the street from Carry Beach.
Complete results for the race are available at www.coolrunning.com.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at email@example.com or 569-3126