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Triathletes enjoy Lake George

Last year, we gave $5,000 to the YMCA Youth Scholarship program, Rath said. This year were hoping to do that again and give a donation to the Lake George Youth Commission.

Triathletes were impressed with the course and the organization of the race. Leslie Meyers of Burlington, Vt. was the first woman to cross the finish line.

This is my first time in this race and the course is really awesome, she said. She said all triathlon courses are difficult, and she changes the race in her mind to swim, bike, socialize because she chats with her fellow runners during the final leg of the race.

I meet some really nice people and it helps me get through it, she said.

Rath said the race wouldnt be possible without volunteers.

We have over 100, and were holding a special raffle with some pretty neat prizes for them, he said.

The first person over the finish line was Patrick OKeeffe of Queensbury, followed by his coach, Kevin Crossman of South Glens Falls and in third place was Michael Wynn of Queensbury.

Coming in 12th overall was Andrew Shore of Hoboken, N.J., who ran the race for his second time.

I really like the course, its very challenging, Shore said. Its more hilly than anywhere that I normally ride. Ill definitely come back. Shore and his family arranged a five-day vacation around the race.

The race is the icing on the cake, he said. Shore is a regular triathlete and is sponsored by Aquaphor healing ointment.

I slathered that on this morning and it made it a lot easier to get out of my wet suit after the swim, he said.

Coming in right behind Shore in 13th place was Steve Byers, who works on Wall Street and lives in New York City. His parents own a home in Bolton and he came up to stay there for the race.

The course is good, but more difficult than I thought, Byers said. The running course was pretty easy. He said competing in triathlons is a major stress relief for him.

Hall said he came in 9th in his age group, which had 12 entrants.

That may not sound so great, but the way I look at it, there are about 10,000 people betwen 55 and 60 in the region and only 12 competed, Hall said. Even if I came in 12th, thats 12th out of 10,000 and thats pretty good.

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