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Los Alamos Triathlon: Archer, Peterson defend their elite division titles

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By Mike Cote

Los Alamos is turning into Jeff Archer’s home away from home, in just about every sense of the phrase.

Archer, who currently resides in Boulder, Colo., took his second straight men’s title at the Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday. Archer won the men’s overall competition with his time of 1 hour, 32.55 seconds, defending his 2008 title at the event.

Saturday’s running of the Los Alamos Triathlon was the 35th consecutive year the event was held, making it the oldest continuously-run triathlon in the United States. Some 337 athletes took part in Saturday’s event, which included a 20-kilometer bike leg, a 400-meter swim and a 5-kilometer run.

Although Archer traveled down from Boulder to take part in the event, he was listed on the results sheet as being from Los Alamos.

“I think my mom registered me,” he said, noting the discrepancy.

Archer, who grew up in Los Alamos, won the men’s overall title last year in 59:42, the only competitor to complete the event in under one hour.

Even so, Archer said afterward he felt better about his 2009 performance than his 2008 showing.

“It was probably a little better effort than last year,” Archer said. “But the competition’s a little deeper, too.”


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