Ryan Hall wins the Sandy Beach Triathlon on Friday. John McKenna photos
The annual Sandy Beach Triathlon drew an intimate gathering of about 35 participants on Friday.
Sandy Beach Commission members led by Corinne Houle of Morris organized and directed the triathlon. They were assisted by several volunteers in the fundraiser for the beach.
Athletes swam a half-mile in Bantam Lake, cycled 10 miles around the lake, and ran 3.1 miles on East Shore Road. Top local finishers were Sue Leigh of Litchfield in seventh place, Will Neary of Warren in eighth place and Tammy Grella of Litchfield in 11th place. Leigh and Grella completed the grueling Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon just five days earlier and managed to summon the energy to compete at Sandy Beach.
An Ironman triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile marathon.
Amanda Thomas was second overall and the first female finisher.
Sandy Beach Commission member Andy Parker was a lifeguard during the swim portion of the triathlon.
The triathlon gets underway.
Frank Krasowski of Warren waits for his relay team partner to complete the swim.
Will Neary of Warren emerges from the swim.
Race winner Ryan Hall completes the cycling leg.
Sue Leigh of Litchfield heads for the transition area.
Frank Krasowski hobbles home on a flat rear tire.
Tammy Grella of Litchfield cruises back to the beach.
Leland Parker of Litchfield was part of a relay team.
John Baker of Milton was a volunteer at the finish line.