Normally when competitors finish Kodiak’s Earth Day Triathlon they reach for a cup of hot chocolate and a blanket.

That wasn’t the case this year.

With the temperature soaring past 50 degrees, athletes opted for sunscreen and a cup of cold water when they crossed the finish line of the 29th Earth Day Triathlon on a Chamber of Commerce Saturday afternoon in Kodiak.

Neil McCarthy and Bree Witteveen enjoyed the calm conditions the most; both of them claimed their first Earth Day titles.

McCarthy used a strong 5-kilometer run to win the men’s title in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 33 seconds. Shane Williams finished second in 1:19:22.

Witteveen’s 20-kilometer bike ride helped her claim women’s honors in 1:24:00, which was also the third-best overall time — men and women — in the 28-person field. Last year’s champion Sara Brubaker finished second in 1:28:00.

The trio of Eli Bell, Jack Lacey and Frank Vilardi won the team competition in 1:15:28.

This was Witteveen’s sixth Earth Day Triathlon. She couldn’t remember ever participating when it wasn’t rainy, windy or cold.

“It was sunny and calm — it has never been this nice for this race,” she said. “There have been days were it was sunny but never warm. It is usually raining sideways.”

The race actually started indoors at the Kodiak Community Pool for the 1-kilometer swim, before heading outdoors for the run and the bike.

Witteveen was fifth after the swim (18:37), but swiftly moved up in the run (23:58) and overtook the leader on the bike ride (41:25) from the community pool to Pillar Creek and back to Woody Way Field.

“It was warm enough where you didn’t have to put a bunch of clothes on, but it was cool enough where you didn’t have to worry about overheating. It was pretty much ideal today,” Witteveen said.

Witteveen has been competing in triathlons for 10 years and is currently training for a half-ironman triathlon during the summer in Ocean Shores, Wash. She also is a certified triathlon coach.

“This is my gig,” Witteveen said. “I love triathlons. It is my passion.”

McCarthy, a Kodiak Coast Guardsman for the past two years, had never competed in a triathlon prior to Saturday. The experience was much different from when he broke the men’s marathon course record at Run the Rock in October.

“I remember Run the Rock, it was rain and wind, but this you couldn’t have asked for a better day,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy’s swim time of 19:42 put him two minutes behind the leader Williams.

He erased the gap with a dominating run time of 19:18 — the top time of the day.

“The run was the one part that I actually felt really comfortable in,” McCarthy said. “I like running.”

McCarthy, originally from California, finished the bike with a time of 38:33, which was more than enough to hold off Williams and third-place finish Sid Pruitt, who clocked a time of 1:25:26. Williams had the fastest bike time in 38:13.

Nick Lincoln recorded the fastest men’s swim time in 11:54, while Janelle Brandon had the fastest women’s time in 16:15.

Sonia Cortez had the quickest women’s run in 21:37.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

Results

Men (swim, run, bike)

1. Neil McCarthy (19:42, 19:18, 38:33), 1:17:33; 2. Shane Williams (17:36, 24:27, 38:13), 1:19:22; 3. Sid Pruitt (21:41, 23:21, 40:24), 1:25:26; 4. Michael Buchanon (19:02, 29:13, 41:17), 1:29:32; 5. Kevin Hansen (21:30, 25:18, 42:46), 1:29:34; 6. Rian Bareuther (19:30, 21:50, 50:24), 1:31:44; 7. Mitchell Recker (25:00, 36:10, 51:20), 1:37:30; 8. Charles Russel (25:00, 28:48, 45:50), 1:39:38; 9. Michael Wyrick (32:25, 38:50, 59:09), 2:10:24.

Women

1. Bree Witteveen (18:37, 23:58, 41:25), 1:24:00; 2. Sara Brubaker (15:58, 25:27, 46:25), 1:28:00; 3. Kathryn Symmes (22:43, 25:37, 49:16), 1:37:36; 4. Kerry White (18:27, 28:18, 51:23), 1:38:08; 5. Robin Mullican (22:31, 26:59, 50:30), 1:40:00; 6. Cassie Hickey (23:40, 29:58, 47:25), 1:41:03; 7. Stacey Waldrup (20:00, 29:48, 53:34), 1:43:22; 8. Jamie Graham (20:41, 30:30, 52:11), 1:43:22; 9. Annie Santiago (25:00, 31:45, 46:39), 1:43:24; 10. Heather Preece (19:12, 30:00, 57:48), 1:47:00; 11. Malissa Timpke (24:16, 31:18, 53:26), 1:49:00; 12. Autumn Hansen (22:36, 43:53, 42:50), 1:49:13. Jennifer Webster (21:05, 31:04, 57:37), 1:49:46; 14. Devon Cummiskey (15:32, 32:28, 1:07:35), 1:55:35; 15. Laura Smelser (25:00, 34:15, 58:02), 1:57:17; 16. Janelle Brandon (16:15, 32:28, 1:10:15), 1:58:58; 17. Katie Galloway (16:30, 32:14), 1:10:14; 18. Terri Miller-Pruitt (21:51, 41:42, 59:07), 2:02:40; 19. Spenser Hughes (22:15, 49:02, 1:00:23), 2:11:40.

Team

1. Eli Bell/Jack Lacy/Frank Vilardi (12:27, 19:32, 43:29), 1:15:28; 2. Nick Lincoln/Lindsey Glenn/Heather Lewis (11:54, 22:44, 46:43), 1:21:21; 3. McKena Donohue/Sean Donohue (19:32, 19:32, 45:18), 1:24:22; 4. Nick Long/Sonia Cortez/Karly Gunderson (24:53, 21:37, 41:30), 1:28:00; 5. Natasha Hayden/Paul Zimmer/Tia Leber (17:51, 22:15, 50:58), 1:31:04; 6. Jeff Sanford/Amanda Sanford/Levi Seaton (23:32, 29:08, 48:03), 1:40:43; 7. Jerry Babbit/Sarah Babbit (23:54, 44:12, 1:00:57), 2:09:03.

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