Liz Miller got off to a solid start at Saturday’s Los Alamos Triathlon and kept right on going.
Miller had the unenviable task of trying to keep up with one of Los Alamos’ top multi-sport athletes, Amy Regan, at the head of the race, but made up an 18-second gap in the swim portion and pulled away during the run to take the overall women’s championship.
The 2012 Los Alamos Triathlon was Saturday. The event, which is hosted by Los Alamos County’s recreation department, was held in and around the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
But Miller, who got out of the pool about a 17-second lead over Regan coming out of the pool, but was able to pull away toward the end of the 5K leg to pick up the victory.
“Overall, it was a really great race,” said Miller, who finished the course – which included a 20K bike, 400 meter swim and 5K run – in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds, just 35 seconds better than Regan, the event’s defending women’s champ.
On the men’s side, local triathlete Chip Cooper came back from a 46-second deficit against Jimmy Archer in the run portion. Cooper finished strong the final quarter-mile with the two men battling it out to take a 38-second victory against Archer.