Triathletes battle the Jordanelle |

Triathletes battle the Jordanelle

BJ Christenson leads the Olympic swim category Saturday, Aug. 17, during the TriUtah Jordanelle Triathlon at Rock Cliff Recreation Area. He swam a total of 1500 meters before taking off on the bike section of the race. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record

Normally, a triathlon is made up of a swimming portion, a biking portion and a running portion.

But Nick Seifert of the Park City Triathlon Club said Saturday’s race at the Jordanelle Reservoir had a little more running than he expected.

"It was a really difficult run from the water to the first transition area because the water is so low," he said. "It was nearly half a mile, so that was an extra 4 minutes, 45 seconds for me. It was like having another mini section that you have to run, and it was uphill."

Still, Seifert, a relatively new triathlete, had a good time and was pleased with his result, finishing in third place in the men’s 45-49 sprint-distance group with a time of 1:37:56.

"I started (doing triathlons) last year," he said. "A couple of my triathlon buddies talked me into it. It’s a good excuse to get out of bed in the morning and work out and it’s really motivational."

He added that the low water level was the only downside to an otherwise outstanding event.

"The course is really beautiful," he said. "With a higher lake level, it would be incredible. The bike portion is fantastic. The run is a little tougher than you might expect."

Now, Seifert is hooked on triathlons and is looking forward to his next one.

"There are a few I’d like to do," he said. "Me and a couple guys from the club are going to do the Malibu race in California in September."

He’s also planning on making another appearance at the Jordanelle Triathlon next year.

"It’s so nice to have it close," he said. "It’s so pretty out there."

B.J. Christenson of North Salt Lake cruised to another overall victory in the men’s Olympic-distance event, finishing with a time of 2:03:35.3. He also won the Echo Triathlon earlier this summer.

Manny Cypers of Ogden finished second, nearly nine minutes behind Christenson. Adam Hicken of Heber came in third.

Park City’s Kevin Samuelson was the top local finisher in the Olympic distance, placing 11th overall with a time of 2:21:14.2.

On the women’s side, Cherell Jordin of Sandy won the Olympic overall title, finishing in 2:21:02.5. Park City’s Lesley Rockwood placed second, 2:20 behind Jordin. Kami Banks of Fort Worth, Texas, came in third.

In the sprint event, Alex Bowcut finished in 1:15:27.8 to edge Provo’s Jonathan Kemp by 37 seconds. Andrew Hall of Salt Lake City finished third.

For the women, Miranda Overy of River Heights set the pace with a 1:25:23.7. Macinze Coyle of Logan and Louise McKie of Park City rounded out the top three.

Full Jordanelle Triathlon results will appear in the scoreboard section of the Aug. 24 edition of The Park Record.

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