The weekend ended on a high note at 12:05AM when the final finisher in the Full made it to the rocking finish line with 5 minutes to spare.
The weekend began with challenging weather conditions, forcing the cancellation of Saturday’s events. Due to unsafe conditions, the swim and bike portions were shut down in order to keep athletes safe. The athletes spirits were still high so a series of fun runs were conducted for kids and adults. Competitor Mark Kirch said, “Ohio! The wind blows like the O’s in the name. Infinite directions, but all at the same time”.
Race staff scrambled throughout the night to move Sunday’s swim to Cedar Point marina. The rain stopped and wind subsided ever so slightly to conduct Sunday’s events as scheduled but athletes were challenged by the wind throughout the day. Ed Slovenkay out of Cleveland, OH put together a solid effort in winning CHALLENGECEDARPOINT Half in 4:27. On the women’s side, local Milan athlete and 6-time finisher of this event, Sheri Zimmerer Branum finished in 5:00, beating 2nd place by 7 minutes.
When the swim was moved to the marina, the start became a time trial start so athletes could never really know how they placed until later in the day. Athletes faced consistent winds of 15 to 20 knots and gusts up to 25 knots on the bike course. A look of relief was on the face of most competitors as they came off the bike.
The CHALLENGECEDARPOINT Full went off first at 7:00AM on the 2 loop swim. As the full swim progressed, so did the conditions and the 2nd loop became considerably more difficult for all athletes. On the men’s side, Steven Murray out of Quebec, Canada dominated the day leading from start to finish with a total time of 9:33. Second overall place and female full champion went to Emily Kratz out of Milwaukee, WI with a time of 9:58. Emily had the fastest run time of the day with a 3:14 marathon.
Of note, John Wragg completed his 193rd iron distance race at CHALLENGECEDARPOINT.
Full CHALLENGECEDARPOINT results may be found at www.challenge-cedarpoint.com/results.