Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon draws athletes to Merrimack

Runners, bicycle riders and swimmers did their best to win praise and medals at the Greater Nashua Sprint Triathlon, a fifth-annual event held on Sunday, June 8, at Camp Sargent, 141 Camp Sargent Road in Merrimack.

The event featured a swim of 0.3 miles sponsored by Burke Advertising in adjacent Lake Naticook, a bicycle race of 9.6 miles sponsored by Goodale’s Bike Shop and a run of 3.1 miles sponsored by St. Joseph Healthcare.

The event drew 364 registered athletes mostly representing New England states, plus Quebec, Virginia and Illinois. It was a competition sponsored by the YMCA of Greater Nashua and The Center for Physical Therapy and Exercise. Music, entertainment for all ages, food and games for kids followed the festivities.

Overall winners in male and female categories were soon determined, as New England Timing registered the results online at Cool First place among men was Luckas Pozzetta, of Portsmouth, N.H. Second-place winner was Steve O’Brien, of Clinton, Mass. Third-place winner was Dan Moriarty, of Nashua. First place among the women was Zuzana Trnovcova, of Medford, Mass. Second-place went to Robin Sandos, of Gardner, Mass. Third-place went to Caroline Lauver, of Arlington, Va. Individuals’ times are documented online: cool

Among the locals present was Dave Chiappetta, a Hooksett resident whose wife, Kelly, is a first-grade teacher at Reeds Ferry Elementary School. He completed the event in fine style, winning a third-place in his age group, 30-34. First place in the age group went to John Cline, of Boston. Second place in the age group went to Matthew Stubbs, of Medford, Mass. Chiappetta said the day was perfect for the activity.

“I do a lot of triathlons, especially in the spring and fall,” Chiappetta said. “I do marathons, too, so this was a good event.”

Merrimack’s competitors included Schuyler Vaillancourt, 18; Nicole Caron, 19; Richard Hostler, 38; Trent Hayden, 38; Allyssa Bedard, 37; Debra Stellato, 57; Jonathan Demers, 38; Alan Howe, 48; Brian Bedard, 44; Scott Bannister, 39; Bryan Paepke, 35; Lori Berube, 33; Murray Collette, 50; John Clark, 39; John Wagner, 53; Rackel Paepke, 33; Renee Porcelli, 40; Tomas Astolfi, 59; Eric Nordengren, 48; Teresa Carlgon, 36; Daniel Roberts, 37; Mike Epstein, 45; Brian Muldowney, 48; Debra Stellato, 57; Jon Duhaime, 27; Kristine Decourcey, 39; Schuyler Vaillancourt, 18; Mark Beaulieu, 51; Michelle Wheeler, 42; Nancy Epstein, 41; Lea Rossi, 21; Kara Swedlow, 37; Paul Lany, 44; Holly Golden, 43; Ryan Bayes, 48; Bryant Sousa, 39; Cady Hickman, 23; Mark Leo, 43; Debra Margolis, 43; Nicole Caron, 19; Sarah Demencuk, 23; George Haddad, 55; Robyn Prentice, 40; Mike McAdam, 3; Gary Murtagh, 58; and Kelleigh Murtagh, 20.

Bedford competitors included Paul Penaskovic, 45; Amy Morin, 50; Ryan Smith, 35; Brian Mahoney, 64; Jennifer Cathcart, 37; Justin Maslanka, 41; Barbara Shepler, 64; Harry Shepler, 68; Becky Wright, 38; and Laura Westcott, 34.

Hollis was represented by a hearty crowd: Nathan Armstrong, 40, David Rines, 48, Bill Nordengren, 58, Andrei Glebov, 38, Ted Karwoski, 62, Donna Karwoski, 56, and Kyla Feeney, 36.

Brookline contenders included Saskia Camps, 24, Michael Dreyer, 44, Carl Creighton, 50, and Pamela Caetano, 41.

Candidate for Senate Scott Brown, 54, of Rye, was among the competitors. An avid athlete, Brown was welcomed at the finish line with requests for photos from many other competitors. Brown finished first in his age group, 50-54. Winning a second-place medal in the age group was Jeffrey Herd, of Rowley, Mass. Third-place finisher was Andrew Griesinger, 9, of Meredith.

Tom Astolfi, 59, of Merrimack, was another to complete the event in good form and with an ample supply of energy to spare. He was one of the first to receive a racing bib, Number 6. He said it was the first time he had attempted the competition.

“I never did it before,” Astolfi said. “I hoped I could do it in 1:20, but I did it in 1:15. I couldn’t be happier.”

For more information on individual performances, overall places and other results, visit online, cool

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