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Local club has strong showing at Echo

Saturday’s Echo Triathlon at the Echo Reservoir in Coalville featured several local athletes among the top finishers.

Notably, the Wasatch Triathlon Club, based in Park City, had a strong showing, with around 12 athletes competing at the race.

Sarah Dunlap, the Wasatch Triathlon Club organizer, said the club likes to support local races as much as it can.

"With Wasatch Tri Club, the Echo Tri is kind of our team race each year," she said. "We try to get as many people as we can to come out. We had a good group out there [Saturday]. It was fun."

Dunlap, who has been competing in triathlons since 1996 and has been coaching for 18 years, said proximity is the main reason the Wasatch Tri Club loves the Echo Reservoir event, but added that there are other factors in play, too.

"TriUtah, the people who put on the race, they do a really good job," she said. "The course is always really nice and they have a lot of people at the finish line to help out. It’s a party-like atmosphere at the finish line."

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Adding to the success of the year’s event were the beautiful water conditions at the reservoir, Dunlap said.

"It was fabulous," she said. "This was my fifth year going out and the water was perfect. It’s a much different race because you can see where you’re going, first of all. It’s gross when you have to swim in the water when it’s muddy — it’s like swimming through chocolate milk."

The biking and running portions of the course were also well-maintained, Dunlap added. She said the Echo race is the perfect event for beginners trying to get into the sport or for experts trying to challenge their best times.

"The bike course is rolling hills and there’s not a lot of traffic on that road," she said. "The run is almost entirely on the Rail Trail, so it’s mostly dirt. And it’s flat, so you can really push yourself there."

In the Olympic distance race (1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run), Megan Foley won the women’s overall competition, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 52.5 seconds. Wasatch Tri Club’s Anna Nemeckay finished second in 2:21:24.3 and Tracy Campbell earned third place with a time of 2:23:26.6.

In the men’s Olympic distance, Jacob Peterson crossed the finish line first, completing the event in 2:06:48.6. Greg Tayler (2:08:58.9) and Griffin Conroy (2:10:54.4) rounded out the top three.

In the women’s sprint distance (750-meter swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run) Lesley Rockwood finished first with a time of 1:16:37.0. Louise McKee (1:19:25.1) and Heather Loughton (1:20:52.9) completed the top three. In the men’s sprint distance, Andrew Hall won by less than a minute, crossing the line in 1:02:39.9, just ahead of Kade Hunter’s time of 1:03:27.3. Tucker Hathaway finished third with a time of 1:09:20.1.

Dunlap, Nemeckay and Swan Workman, three coaches for the Wasatch Triathlon Club, competed in a coach’s relay event, where they took first place.

"I did the swim, Anna Nemeckay did the bike portion and Swan Workman did the running," Dunlap said. "It was fun for us. All of us are training for other events, so it was easy to get our training in."

Next up for the Wasatch Tri Club members will be the Jordanelle Triathlon on Aug. 8.

"We usually get a good turnout there because it’s local, too," Dunlap said. "We also have a few members, myself included, going out to Ironman Boulder [in Colorado on Aug. 2]."

In the meantime, Dunlap said the club will continue to host several weekly workouts for members and newcomers to participate in. The workouts are geared toward anyone, from beginner to expert, who wants to compete in a triathlon.

"It’s a way for people to try it out without feeling intimidated," she said. "We have a lot of workouts. We try to have 8-10 workouts per week for our members."

For full results from Saturday’s Echo Triathlon, please see the Scoreboard section on pages B-4 and B-5. To learn more about the Wasatch Triathlon Club, visit http://www.meetup.com/Wasatch-Triathlon-Club or search "Wasatch Triathlon Club" on Facebook.