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Aaron Colman wins seventh Granite Man title, Jodie Conway wins fifth women's title


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by Joshua Spaulding
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AARON COLMAN poses for a photo with his daughters Ellie (left) and Addie after winning his seventh Granite Man title. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
August 18, 2014
WOLFEBORO — Familiarity was the name of the game in the 33rd annual Granite Man Triathlon on Saturday.

Aaron Colman of Rye Beach won his seventh Granite Man title and Jodie Conway of Tuftonboro came home with her fifth Granite Man title on a gorgeous Saturday in the Lakes Region.

More than 190 individuals and more than 50 teams toed the starting line in the sand at Carry Beach for Saturday's 33rd running of the Granite Man. The race features a three-quarter-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride and 4.2-mile run, all beginning and ending at Carry Beach.

The swim goes out and back into Lake Winnipesaukee, the bike ride goes up Forest Road to Route 109, turns onto Union Wharf Road in Tuftonboro and then onto Route 109A before making its way back to Wolfeboro, turning on Waumbeck Road and again onto Route 109, finishing down Forest Road at Carry Beach. The run portion goes out Forest Road in the other direction, out to the old Wolfeboro Airport and back via Spruce and Hopewell Point to the finish line in the front yard of the Cain home across from Carry Beach.

This year's race kicked off with some words from Marjorie Dow. Dow's son, Albert Dow III, was killed in an avalanche during a search and rescue mission and the Granite Man was begun in his honor, with all proceeds from the race going to the Albert Dow III Memorial Scholarship Fund.

After Marjorie Dow offered up her words of encouragement and thanks, Kristi Nieman sung the National Anthem and the athletes toed the starting line to get things started.

Colman, who didn't race last year, but won his sixth Granite Man title in 2012, was the second person across the finish line, but with the starting times factored in, he edged Nate Kenison-Marvin of Tuftonboro by 38 seconds. Colman finished in 1:31:12 and Kenison-Marvin crossed in 1:31:50 for second place, though he was actually the first runner through the finish line. Last year's winner, Keith Lundquist of Concord, finished third in 1:33:56, with Jeremiah Johnson of Portsmouth in fourth in 1:35:46.

The fifth overall finisher was Conway, the top female finisher, crossing with a time of 1:36:02 to win her fifth Granite Man title, her first since 2011.

Carolyn Cole of Cornish and Wolfeboro was the second female, finishing in 1:41:23, with Lindsay Fisher of Norwich, Conn. in third in 1:45:37, Danielle Kays of Bel Air, Md., the winner of the last two women's titles, in fourth in 1:46:52 and Fran O'Donoghue of Tuftonboro in fifth in 1:50:35.

There were many local residents finishing strong in their age groups.

Wakefield's Cameron Stinchfield won the 13 to 17 age group for boys in 1:47:10, followed by Hunter Miller of Wolfeboro in 1:52:36.

Kenison-Marvin's second place time was good for first in the 18 to 29 age group, with Torin Stegemeyer of Wolfeboro in seventh in 1:47:18. Dennis Page of Tuftonboro was 11th in 1:52:02, Chris Ouellet of Alton was 13th in 1:53:08, Thomas Maughan of Tuftonboro was 15th in 2:01:06 and John Maughan of Tuftonboro was 16th in 2:03:55.

In the 30 to 34 age group, Cameron Archibald of Wolfeboro placed fourth overall in 1:56:20, with Brian King of Wolfeboro in ninth in 2:06:40. Joseph Flood of Wolfeboro finished 11th in 2:17:27.

Wolfeboro's Kempes Corbally was second in the 35 to 39 age group in 1:37:33, with Greg Deluca of Barnstead in 15th in 2:52:54.

For the 40 to 44 age group, Tuftonboro's James Conway was tops in a time of 1:44:23, followed by Brendan Davey of Wolfeboro in second in 1:49:51. Kirk Swenson of Brookfield placed fourth in 1:57:48, Jeff Cloos of Wolfeboro was sixth in 2:13:31 and Doug Kiley of Wolfeboro was seventh in 2:14:07.

KC Lincoln of Wolfeboro finished 13th in the 45 to 49 age group in a time of 2:04:26.

Martin Boucher of Wolfeboro was second in the 50 to 54 age group in a time of 1:43:59, with Richard Fahy of Ossipee in eighth in 1:56:54.

For the 60 to 69 age group, Dan Coons of Wolfeboro placed second in 1:56:36, with John Brooks of Wolfeboro in sixth in 2:22:57 and David Wells of Wolfeboro in seventh in 2:52:54.

Gil MacDonald of Tuftonboro finished second in the 70 and over group in 2:32:39, with Jim Stevens of Wolfeboro in third in 2:41:52 and Barry Bosak of Wolfeboro in third in 2:45:48.

For the women, in the 13 to 17 age group, Kate Jones of Tuftonboro finished third overall in a time of 2:44:39.

Wolfeboro's Elizabeth Corbally won the 30 to 34 age group in a time of 1:51:35.

For the 35 to 39 age group, it was Elizabeth Bronson of Wolfeboro taking second place in a time of 1:51:32 and Jessica Fleming of Wolfeboro in 15th in 2:58:34.

Wendy Conway of Tuftonboro finished in fourth in the 40 to 44 age group in a time of 1:59:42 and Jessica Elliot of Wolfeboro was 17th in 3:13:28.

O'Donoghue's time of 1:50:35 was good enough for second in the 50 to 59 age group behind Cole's 1:41:23. Cathy Russo finished ninth in 2:37:01 and Susan Raser was 10th in 2:48:57.

Team results

Athletes also had the option to compete as a team of two or three in numerous categories.

In the male team division, the team of Taber, Lewis and Villari of Ossipee was second in 1:33:33, the Conway and Olinto team of Tuftonboro was third in 1:41:10 and the John, Zotti and Duffy team of Wolfeboro finished fifth in 1:43:34.

For female teams, the Sheahan, Sheahan and Burbank team of Tuftonboro was second in 1:59:06, with the Dolliver Kilcullen and Mullen team of Tuftonboro in sixth in 2:04:02, the Gehl, Danais and Kelleher team in 10th in 2:14:52 and the Popoff, Popoff and Popoff team of Wolfeboro in 11th in 2:17:22.

For coed teams, the Fleming, Fleming and Bahr team of Wolfeboro was second in 1:53:52, the Haley and Haley team was third in 2:01:25 and the Dechiaro, Hews and Donovan team of Wolfeboro was fifth in 2:04:26.

For family teams, the team of three Richardsons finished in second in 1:37:28, followed by the Found team in fourth in 1:41:21 and the Maidhof, Pizzo and Chu team in sixth in 1:45:54. The Northrop team of Ossipee was 10th in 1:57:41, the team of two Richardsons of Wolfeboro was 11th in 1:58:57 and the Maughan team of Tuftonboro was 12th in 2:07:57.

For 50 and over female teams, the team of Coons, Coons and Kenison of Wolfeboro placed first in 1:53:07.

For the 50 and over coed teams, the team of Frank, Hower and Schell was third in 1:58:21, the team of Murray, Pratt and Pratt of Tuftonboro was fourth in 2:18:11 and the team of McCarriston, Dibasi and Bransfield of Wolfeboro finished fifth in 2:19:46.

Complete results from the race are published at coolrunning.com.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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