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A test of endurance and charity at the Galloway Captiva Tri

September 25, 2013
By MCKENZIE CASSIDY (mcassidy@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Cowbells and cheers met those who crossed the finish line at the Third Annual Galloway Captiva Triathlon.

Over 900 people competed in the event, including 150 children and 750 adults, who swam, biked, and ran varied distances around the South Seas Island Resort.

"It was another great example of the Captiva community coming together to support a great event for CCMI," said Daniel Smock from South Seas.

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Competitors at the Captiva Triathlon. Mckenzie Cassidy.

The event raised more money than expected for Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc., to support the School Pantry and Emergency Food Backpack programs, ensuring that 2,000 local children had enough to eat this school year.

Angie Ferguson, race director, said organizers expected to earn a minimum of $15,000 for CCMI, but at the triathlon's award ceremony Sunday morning they were able to hand over $20,000 for the non-profit.

Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI, thanked the athletes for assisting the organization's mission to fight homelessness and hunger.

Fact Box

Results:

-Male Elite:

1. Ryan Post 50:37

2. Mark Burdis 51:02

3. Diego Corredor 51:18

4. Larry Black 52:50

5. Eric Vensel 54:49

-Male 15-19

1. Nicholas Gubasta 1:02:10

2. Jake Dorn 1:04:27

3. Scott Dauphinais 1:08:02

4. Ben Fisher 1:09:06

5. Jack Gubasta 1:12:44

-Male 20-24

1. Louis Resnick 1:00:14

2. Joel Mitchell 1:15:07

3. Stuart Bruce 1:17:03

4. Lance Lambert 1:39:36

-Male 25-29

1. Anthony Stefanacci 1:03:20

2. Ian Buffam 1:05:33

3. Andres Hidalgo 1:13:56

4. Nicodemo Ientile 1:14:26

5. Jeffrey Galati 1:15:14

-Male 30-34

1. Gregory Escarra 1:00:08

2. John Miller 1:00:10

3. Nick Bonnici 1:00:18

4. Jordan Lowther 1:01:44

5. Sage Miller 1:02:53

-Male 35-39

1. Shawn Yuskaitis 1:01:40

2. Joshua Detillio 1:01:57

3. Shane Simmons 1:03:19

4. Ian Cross 1:03:21

5. Justin Corbett 1:03:47

-Male 40-44

1. Scott Kashman 1:00:56

2. Theodore Stout 1:01:28

3. Matthew Horton 1:02:01

4. Tim Collier 1:02:06

5. Chris Scott 1:02:41

-Male 45-49

1. Robert Kasten 57:55

2. Andrew West 59:26

3. Antonio Flores 1:02:00

4. John Gatti 1:02:36

5. Sean Klingler 1:03:13

-Male 50-54

1. Peter Westlake 59:09

2. John Steakley 1:02:37

3. Patrick Flaharty 1:04:04

4. Kevin Marlow 1:04:13

5. Ross Hagen 1:05:40

-Male 55-59

1. Jeffrey Wingenroth 1:03:42

2. Don Payne 1:04:12

3. Duane Rice 1:05:15

4. David Ackley 1:06:26

5. Jef Frost 1:06:54

-Male 60-64

1. Rick Miller 1:03:19

2. Iain Johnstone 1:05:46

3. Mark Dirga 1:06:36

4. Steven Hein 1:08:13

5. James Columbo 1:15:21

-Male 65-69

1. Tom McAllen 1:05:25

2. Bill Keeler 1:07:30

3. Lewis Bennett 1:09:53

4. Michael Lund 1:10:15

5. Lou Marjon 1:17:46

-Male 70 & over

1. Richard Schmidt 1:10:30

2. Lawrence Geiger 1:50:59

3. Jim Woolam 1:51:12

4. Marion Santin 1:57:57

-Female Elite

1. Rachel Lee 56:01

2. Joanie Halgrim 58:32

3. Deb Morphy 1:02:58

4. Dana Crater 1:05:13

5. Amparo Zabala 1:05:27

-Female 1-14

1. Abbey Fisher 1:06:15

2. Olivia Woolam 1:30:57

3. Naomi Ingram 1:43:31

-Female 15-19

1. Jill Richter 1:13:13

2. Samantha Klingener 1:15:04

3. Katie Flaharty 1:25:16

4. Aubri Ledley 1:45:06

-Female 20-24

1. Rebecca Youngblood 1:02:47

2. Reagann Johnson 1:13:16

3. Kaley Pfohl 1:16:50

4. Brittney Hoag 1:20:31

5. Alexis Kermisch 1:20:41

-Female 25-29

1. Caroline Galati 1:05:05

2. Caroline Jones 1:09:51

3. Betsy Hall 1:11:28

4. Sarah Hamilton 1:14:01

5. Ashleigh Corsino 1:17:44

-Female 30-34

1. Nicole Leadbetter 1:10:05

2. Carolina Bolado 1:11:02

3. Susan Postma 1:11:04

4. Vicki Odjick 1:11:38

5. Brianna Russell 1:13:30

-Female 35-39

1. Lisa Moss 1:05:33

2. Jodi Bellefeuille 1:06:02

3. Kelly Mahan 1:08:43

4. Valarie Rodriguez-Sulli 1:10:09

5. Mandy Manno 1:11:29

-Female 40-44

1. Julia Wreski 57:40

2. Jeanne Hertel 1:05:21

3. Courtney Asher 1:05:54

4. Aline Hyatt 1:08:07

5. Nicole Chausse 1:11:05

-Female 45-49

1. Katherine Kinross 1:08:54

2. Laurie Frutchey 1:09:04

3. Laurie Rose 1:10:43

4. Cina Tucci 1:11:12

5. Julie Evans 1:12:14

-Female 50-54

1. Christine Young 1:11:10

2. Catherine Colfer 1:11:29

3. Tracey Tucker 1:11:53

4. Amanda Parbus 1:12:39

5. Mary Parker 1:13:10

-Female 50-55

1. Susan Morehouse 1:12:30

2. Hollace Leppert 1:17:57

3. Maribeth Traucht 1:19:54

4. Jeanne Conklin 1:21:06

5. Naomi Leaman 1:21:13

-Female 60-64

1. Sandy Padgett 1:17:00

2. Susan Kelly 1:21:39

3. Linda Frost 1:23:27

4. Susan Sadler 1:37:39

5. Beatrice Buffam 1:44:56

-Female 65-69

1. Jean O'Brien 1:15:50

2. Peggy Apgar' Schmidt 1:24:26

3. Margaret Moossy 1:29:22

-Female 70 & over

1. Kathleen Bauer 1:26:29

2. Ellen Smiley 1:40:40

-Triathlon Relay Results

1. Data Champs 1:01:11 Erin Mcmanus/ Lisa Buohler/ Melissa Middleton

2. Cougar Pride 1:03:42 Peyton Hornung/ Mike Devito/ Adele Devito

3. Team 3d 1:05:59 Deanna Hunt/ Dennis Hunt/ Daniel Hunt

4. Team Osprey 1:09:21 John Costallos/ John Costallos/ Michelle Dicola

5. Pirate 1:10:37 Mayte Puerto/ Carlos Maiz/ Guillermo Chaviano

"The money you all helped raise is going to help a lot of hungry people in Lee County," she said.

Organizers estimated that at least 4,000 people attended the triathlon to compete or cheer on their loved ones.

This year was unique because it featured a new "elite" division for athletes who posted aggressive times in other USA Triathlon-sanctioned events.

"The elite group really liked that," said Smock. "They are ultra-competitive so it allowed them to get out and deal with other elite athletes."

Many of the athletes formed teams for specific causes and wore matching t-shirts, including Michelle DiCola, John Costallos, and Coach Jack Betz, whose team represented Caleb's Crusade (calebscrusade.com). The Florida-based non-profit advocates and raises funding for childhood cancer. Caleb, founder Monique Whan's son, was diagnosed with a form of high-risk leukemia in 2007 and passed away days after turning 4.

Runners with Caleb's Crusade collect funds to support local families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer and shine the spotlight on the underfunding of childhood cancer research.

DiCola completed the running portion of the triathlon. She said the early morning humidity made the run challenging, but it was a great.

"It was fantastic. The running course was beautiful," she said.

Costallos, her teammate, completed the swimming and biking legs of the triathlon. He had been training for the last three years and said the open swim was tough.

"Open swimming with all of those people is hard. It's like a wall of people in front of you," he said.

Their relay team came in fourth place out of 27 teams.

Athletes competed on the beach, in the Gulf of Mexico, and across the South Seas golf course. Some swimmers reported sharing the water with pods of dolphins during their quarter-mile swim.

Triathlon sponsors included the Galloway Family of Dealerships, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille on Captiva, Jason Gunter Attorney at Law, Geared Up Multisport Specialists, South Seas Island Resort, Jason's Deli, Sebrie Images, Lee Memorial Health System, Lee County Sports Development, Billy's Bicycles, LCEC, 'Tween Waters Inn, Jensen's Twin Palms Marina, Jensen's on the Gulf, Trek Bicycle Store, Florida Weekly, All Star Vacation Homes, News-Press Media Group, R.S. Walsh Landscaping, RC Otters/Key Lime Bistro, and Publix.

For a full list of race results, visit altavistasports.com.

 
 

 

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