Trail Town Triathlon is a success

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Campbellsville/Taylor County Trail Town Connexions Triathlon on Aug. 24 was a lot of fun and a great success.

It began with a paddling stage - a three-mile loop on Green River Lake in kayaks and canoes - followed by a biking stage - a 20-mile loop around the lake area - then a running stage of five kilometers inside the state park. The weather was wonderful and the participant turnout was terrific.

Special thanks go out to the outstanding group of volunteers who brought this event to reality without a single glitch. They included the Campbellsville University Cross Country Team, members of St. Thomas Church, and most of all the Connexions team leaders; paddling stage, Tim Ramsey; biking stage, Robert Turpin; running stage, Billy Dengel; publicity/PR, Becky Nash; registration/officiating, Les Chadwick and each of their team members. The overall event coordinator was myself, Jim Moore.

The Connexions Triathlon was a free event this year, sponsored by McDonald's Restaurants, a gift to the people of our community and commonwealth to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. We hope to make this an annual event. Check out the photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/campbellsvilletaylorcountytrailtown and www.facebook.com/bicyclefriendlycampbellsville.

Medals were awarded to the first three finishers in the men's, women's and teams categories. Highest congratulations to each of you! And congratulations also go to each of the other finishers and participants, who gave extraordinary efforts. Here are the results:

Men's Category:

1. Weldon Riggs, Campbellsville, 1:48:53.

2. Michael Fox, Elizabethtown, 2:01:31.

3. Brandon Scott, Columbia, 2:01:42.

4. Scott Brewster, Campbellsville, 2:04:12.

5. Chad Farmer, Campbellsville, 2:14:57.

6. Tony Spleth, Leitchfield, 2:19:25.

7. Chris Dingle, Taylorsville, 2:21:15.

8. Timothy Gillam, Campbellsville, 2:21:18.

9. Alex Tungate, Campbellsville, 2:25:09.

10. Jerry Thomas, Columbia, 2:30:46.

11. Jeffrey Shoemaker, Crestwood, 2:42:58.

12. Ronnie Hampton, Louisville, 2:42:58.

13. David Thompson, Lebanon, did not finish.

Women's Category:

1. Linda Fox, Elizabethtown, 2:17:47.

2. Rebecca Schmidt, Columbia, 2:21:18.

3. Shelly Peterson, Lebanon, 2:22:17.

4. Ann Young, Columbia, 2:28:36.

5. Amber Scott, Columbia, 2:31:33.

6. Sherry Sanford, Campbellsville, 2:41:46.

Team Category:

1. Doreen Thomas, Columbia, Crystal Davis, Liberty, 2:35:11.

2. Sherry Sanford, Stephen Girard, Susan Wise, Campbellsville, 2:46:20.

Non-competitors who completed one of the stages:

Cathy Murphy, Elk Horn, bike.

Kate Spleth, Leitchfield, bike.

Austin Cox, Elk Horn, bike.

Beth Anne Sprowles, Campbellsville, run.

Shanon O'Banion, Campbellsville, run.

Jim Moore

Campbellsville/Taylor County Trail Town