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Hague race draws 380 competitors

HAGUE - Nearly 400 athletes made the tip to Hague for the third annual North Country Triathlon June 27.

The swim, bike and run competition attracted 380 racers from as far away as London and Toronto.

Paul Fronhofer of Argyle won the Olympic distance event. He completed the mile swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 24 seconds. He finished second in the race a year ago.

Matt Dykhuizen of Shrewsbury, Mass., was second in 2:15:45.

Kevin Crossman of South Glens Falls won the sprint race. He completed the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5K run in 1:10:56. Crossman won the Olympic distance event in Hague last year.

Christopher Reap of Amherst, N.H., was second in 1:23:40.

Team Hyland won the relay event at the Olympic distance in 2:08:03.

Both races started at the Lake George Land Conservancy beach, adjacent to Hague Beach. Swimmers went south toward Jenkin's Point and returned.

Competitors then mounted their bikes. The 40K course headed to Ticonderoga and up Chilson hill and back, while the 20K course went south on Route 8 up Graphite Mountain to West Hague Road to the New Hague Road back to the beach.

Both runs went south on Route 9N toward Silver Bay and back.

The North Country Triathlon continues to not only benefit the small communities around Lake George, but also regional and international charities such as The Hope Lodge of Burlington and Room-To-Read, and One Percent For The Planet.

Each year the race raises funds to help these organizations continue their goals of improving the lives of other in the areas of health, education and the environment.

Results include:

Sprint race

1. Kevin Crossman, South Glens Fall,s 1:10:56; 2. Christopher Reap Amherst, N.H.,1:23:40; 3. Bob Gramling, Red Hook, 1:24:18; 4. Greg Billus, Queensbury, 1:27:37; 5. Keith Vogel, Queensbury, 1:27:51; 6. Louis Guilfoil, Fairport, 1:28:26; 7. Rachelle Gormley, Queensbury, 1:29:48; 8. Ronald Richards, Corinth, 1:29:49; 9. Rick Spann, Cranbury, N.J., 1:30:11; 10. Kirsten Hislop, Clifton Park, 1:30:14

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