Triathlon: Locals take part in Kona qualifiers

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By The Staff

Several local multi-sport athletes have been keeping busy during the 2008 season.

A trio of Los Alamos ironman competitors took part in Ford Ironman Arizona at the end of November. Although none of them qualified for the World Ironman Championships, which will be held in October 2009, this won’t be the last chance for those wanting to punch their tickets to Hawaii.

Martin Pieck of Los Alamos was the top finisher at Ironman Arizona, which was held in Tempe.

Pieck, competing in the men’s 40-44 age division, has a total time of 10 hours, 4 minutes, 57 seconds. Pieck finished 26th among 399 entrants in his age group.

Ironman meets consist of 2.4-mile swims, 112-mile bikes and 26.2-mile runs. Pieck had splits of 59:38, 5:12:58 and 3:42:57 in the three events.

In all, 28 athletes from New Mexico finished Ironman Arizona.

Dan Rees was hoping to qualify for his second straight trip to Kona, Hawaii, just a few weeks after participating in the 2008 World Championships.

At Tempe, Rees finished 24th in his age group, men’s 45-49, with his time of 10:24:01.

Rees was attempting to join his wife, Amy Regan, on the trip to Kona.

At the 2008 World Championships, Rees was the No. 2 finisher from New Mexico with his time of 11:17:19.

Also at Tempe, Nick Perry of Los Alamos finished 153rd in the men’s 40-44 race. He completed the event in 11:45:12.

Regan qualified for the 2009 ironman championship at Ford Ironman Wisconsin. At that event, held in Madison, Regan finished in 10:44:41, winning the women’s 45-49 event. Her run time of 3:33:53 was tops among the three New Mexico qualifiers at the event.

Several other qualifying triathlon events are on tap for 2009 prior to the race at Kona.

Regan said she would probably take part in at least one of them, Ford Ironman Couer D’Alene, before her appearance at Kona.

Another Los Alamos finisher at Madison was Cyndi Wells, who took 117th in the women’s 35-39 age category.

Many of the local triathlon competitors are members of the Triatomics Multisport Club.

The Triatomics organize the annual Atomic Man Duathlon and the Splash ‘N’ Dash series, which serves as preparation for the Los Alamos Triathlon.