Triathles run big in Omaha
Steamboat Springs — A pack of Steamboat Springs triathletes cruised to strong finishes last weekend at the 2016 USA Triathlon National Championships.
Joy Rasmussen, Marietta Roberts, Matt Roberts and Marti Irish all took on the race, in Omaha, Nebraska.
Rasmussen came away as one of the event’s top finishers.
A veteran of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, Rasmussen finished second in her age class in Omaha racing an Olympic distance course.
That meant about a mile of swimming in Lake Carter, about 25 miles on a bike and 6.2 miles running.
She was sixth out of the water but made up serious time on the bike, recording the second fastest time in her division. She was fourth on the run, and it all added up to a second-place finish in a division loaded with 68 athletes.
She did it in 2 hours, 40 minutes and 58 seconds.
“It was just a great race,” she said. “Omaha is a really sports-orientated town, and USA Triathlon put on a great event. The people of Omaha really rolled out the red carpet.”
Marietta Roberts also raced the Olympic distance event, finishing in 2:53:24. She was 61st out of 114.
Matt Roberts and Irish raced the sprint distance — 0.5 miles swimming, 12.4 miles on a bike and 3.1 miles running.
Irish showed very strong against the women’s 65 to 69-year-old field, placing seventh out of 28 athletes. She was fourth after the swim, had the seventh fastest bike ride and the 10th fastest run.
She finished in 1:41:41.
Roberts was in at 1:20:39 and was 41st out of the 62-athlete field. His best phase was the bike, where he logged the 36th best time.
“Everyone had wonderful time,” Rasmussen said. “It really was the best of the best nationally.”
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