FLINTSTONE — The 24th annual YMCA Rocky Gap Triathlon was held Saturday at Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort and for the third year in a row, the day featured two separate races: an International distance race and the Sprint distance race, which has traditionally been held at Rocky Gap.
The International distance is comprised of a 0.939-mile swim, 21.6-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run. A total of 268 competitors crossed the finish line in both races, with Shawn Loper of Bel Air winning the International race in 2:14:15 in his first attempt at Rocky Gap. Recent Allegany High School graduate Ian MacFawn improved upon his third-place finish of a year ago to move into second place with a time of 2:17:05.
MacFawn’s sister, Lauryn, who will be entering her senior year at Syracuse University, won the womens’ division for the second consecutive year, finishing in 2:30:07. Coming in second in 2:47:13 was Tina Kuntsbeck, a certified personal trainer at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA.
In the Sprint race, Derek Clark repeated as champion. Clark, triathlete coach based in Morgantown, W.Va., covered the course in 49:56. The womens’ champion was Kellyann Green, of McHenry, in a time of 58:04. This race consisted of a quarter-mile swim, an 8-mile ride and a 3.1 mile run.
Ian MacFawn was the first competitor out of the water in the International race but fell to third in the bike stage. Despite taking off an entire week following competition at the Maryland State Track Meet, MacFawn managed a strong run to capture the second spot. Both Ian and sister Lauryn found the run course to be extremely challenging, particularly the steep climbs in the second half of the course. The siblings plan to compete in a number of triathlons this summer and hope to improve on their USA Triathlon rankings from 2010 which had Lauryn as an honorable mention All-American and Ian ranked 28th in the country in his age group.