Moose, bears and even a mouse showed up Sunday for the Moose Nugget Triathlon. Some athletes were there too.
Racing a course that started at Jewel Lake and finished at Kincaid Park, Jason Lamoreaux and Joanne Allen registered decisive victories in the Olympic-length triathlon.
Mazzy Jackson claimed the overall victory in the sprint triathlon, beating the top man by two seconds.
Jackson, a recent Grace Christian graduate, completed the 800-yard swim, 15-mile bike and 5-kilometer run in 1 hour, 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Men’s winner Michael Vania was second overall in 1:19:58.
Racers reported seeing moose and black bears during the race. Natasha Graham, who competed in the shorter race, said she saw two of each, including a big bull standing in the middle of a downed tree across the trail.
He was “chomping away on the branches,” she said. ”He didn’t care about us.”
Lamoreaux, who clocked 2:05:19 to win the longer race (1,500-meter swim, 40K bike and 10K run), said he didn’t spot as much wildlife as others but he was keen enough to spot much smaller critter.
“I didn’t see any bears and I only saw one moose, but I did see a mouse,” he said.
Lamoreaux used his biking talents to take the lead after trailing four or five swimmers out of the lake. He did the 40K in 1:01:58, about seven minutes faster than second-place Mick Bakker and more than 10 minutes faster than third-place Todd Jackson. Bakker’s finial time was 2:11:53, Jackson’s was 2:16:54.
Allen also grabbed command during the 40K bike en route to a five-minute women’s victory. She finished in 2:43:22, followed by Anna Rix (2:48:40) and Katera Seybert (2:58:09).
Mazzy Jackson got off to a fast start in the shorter race by doing the 800 meters in 10:06, faster than anyone else. Rounding out the top three in the women’s race were Pam Winders (1:24:55) and Morgan Aldridge (1:31:32).
Joining Vania in the top three of the men’s division were Niall Linden (1:22:57) and Jack Bent (1:33:00).