Good day for pedaling, panting, paddling in Minerva

Blake Piper paddles his way to the finish at the Olmsedville Dam.

Blake Piper paddles his way to the finish at the Olmsedville Dam. Mike Corey

— Saturday, Sept. 14 dawned cool and pleasant for the town of Minerva’s third annual Pant-Pedal-Paddle contest.

The teams had trained and prepared as they placed bikes at the post-run pickup spot and kayaks/canoes at the Minerva Stream put-in spot. The PPP signs were up, the contestants hydrated, and then the race began with a loud “quack” from the duck call.

The first leg of the course was the run (3.4 miles), which had the runners pant their way from the Olmstedville Dam to the corner of Wamsley Road and Trout Brook Road. From there they pedaled their bikes 10.4 miles to the kayak/canoe put-in at the Minerva Stream in Irishtown. An approximately 4-mile paddle over calm waters and beaver dams brought the contestants downstream to the starting/end point at the Olmstedville Dam. There the paddlers were met with cheering crowds, more hydration, energy food, and familial adulation.

Here are the results of the race, which was sponsored by the town of Minerva and Minerva Service Organization:

•1st place: Erik and Jon Sointio: 1 hour, 51 minutes

 •2nd place: Bill Kimball: 2 hours, 10 minutes

•3rd place: Blake Piper: 2 hours, 17 minutes. 

Winners received a trophy, and all participants went home with paprika-colored T-shirts. It was both a beautiful venue and great morning for a race. Contestants were tired but satisfied that they had been part of a great event.

Thanks to volunteers Ed Healy, Joy Healy and Bob Foley for their along-the-route assistance. A special thanks is due the Minerva Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad and Town of Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey. A big thanks to Selina LeMay-Klippel for donating the water, food and trophies.

The shirts were designed and made by Jessica Coyle of Mountain Ink. Shirt sponsors included: Sullivan’s Store; Mountain Ink; Minerva Service Organization; Rocky Acres Inn; Rocky Acres Sewing and Alteration; Lil’ Nony’s Bakery; Greg’s Barbershop; Pete’s Ahh; Hornbeck Boats; Maple Knoll Farm; Andrew McNally Excavating; O’Brien Construction; Murdie’s General Store; Sporty’s Iron Duke Saloon; Tucker & Sons Trucking & Excavating; Mike’s Tree Care; Betty’s Funny Farm; Morningside Cottages; The Stand at Minerva Beach; It’s About Thyme; Mel Mac Construction; All Bright Aquariums; Community Power Network; Creative Landscaping; First Impressions; Alpine Homestead; and Bob and Brenda Foley.

It was a great day and a great race. Thanks to all for your support.

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