Mount Airy Parks and Recreation's second annual triathlon, Tri-Mayberry, took place on Sunday, with a 300-yard swim, 28K bike section and 5K run. Nearly 100 participants took part in the event, ranging in age from 11 to 64 years old.
Events such as Tri-Mayberry are part of a growing trend of recreational and sport events that draw visitors to the area, Mount Airy Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Darren Lewis shared. Lewis is also the race director for the Mayberry Triathlon.
The majority of those who took part in the triathlon, which was an officially-sanctioned USA Triathlon event, were from out-of-town, traveling from areas such as Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh, Charlotte, Wrightsville Beach, Columbia, S.C.; and Bristol, Tenn.
“Without a doubt, for adults, these fitness events and athletic events for running, cycling, the triathlon, they really draw a lot of individuals in from out of town and have been a good economic drive for the community as a whole,” Lewis said.
The 300-yard swim took place at Reeves Community Center. Participants' swim start times were staggered to ensure there was plenty of room for everyone. The 17-mile bike course was a loop ride through rural country roads with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The final stretch, the 5K run (3.1 miles), was a single loop through the streets of Mount Airy, incorporating the downtown area.
“It was a great event, and we could not have asked for nicer weather. I want to give big 'thanks' to all the sponsors, the police department, rescue squads, and the fire department, who took care of all intersections for us. Also, a 'thank you' to the Mount Airy and North Surry High School Interact clubs, who provided about 20 volunteers to come in and help with water stops, turns and other needs. We could not do it without the help of all these groups.”
Lewis also shared that the next big race event for the region is coming up on May 17, the Shelton Vineyards Running of the Vines 10K and 5K.
Top Ten Overall
First place: Daniel Nolan, 56, of Chapel Hill, with an overall time of 1:14:56
Second place: Chris Foster, 44, of Winston-Salem, with an overall time of 1:15:34
Third place: Casey Vedder, 40, of Mount Airy, with an overall time of 1:17:13
Fourth place: Vladimir Banas, 45, of Mount Airy, with an overall time of 1:21:26
Fifth place: Kurt Schneider, 41, of Lewisville, with an overall time of 1:23:43
Sixth place: Chase Dickers, 20, of Mount Airy, with an overall time of 1:23:52
Seventh place: James Etringer, 32, of Mount Airy, with an overall time of 1:25:05
Eighth place: Shelia Orem, 41, of Mount Airy, with an overall time of 1:27:14
Ninth place: Michael Huddleston, 51, of Lexington, with an overall time of 1:27:52
Tenth place: Dylan Crockett, 23, of Bristol, Tennessee, with an overall time of 1:28:16
Age Group Results
Top Males — First place: Daniel Nolan, 56, of Chapel Hill, 1:14:26; Second place: Chris Foster, 44, of Winston-Salem, 1:15:34; Third place: Casey Vedder, 40, of Mount Airy, 1:17:13.
Males, age 1-19 — First place: Layton Bryant, 18, of Lexington, 1:30:38; Second: Jules Drew, 18, of Raleigh, 1:43:19
Male, age 20-29 — First place: Chase Dickers, 20, of Mount Airy, 1:23:52; Second: Dylan Crockett, 23, of Bristol, Tenn., 1:28:16; Third: John Melville, 27, of Fayetteville, 1:35:53
Male, age 30-39 — First place: James Etringer, 32, of Mount Airy, 1:25:05; Second: John Wall, 34, of Ararat, Virginia, 1:30:29; Third: Dave Williams, 37, of Cameron, 1:32:19
Male, age 40-49 — First place: Valdimir Banas, 45, of Mount Airy, 1:21:26; Second: Kurt Schneider, 41, of Lewisville, 1:23:43; Third: Kevin Badgett, 41, of Lowgap, 1:28:47
Male, age 50-59 — First place: Michael Huddleston, 51, of Lexington, 1:27:52; Second: John Pontzer, 50, of Wilkesboro, 1:30:12; Third: Joe McCulloch, 52, of Elkin, 1:30:29
Male, age 60-69 — First place: Chuck Hobbs, 60, of Winston-Salem, 1:53:58; Second: Jim Petelle, 64, of Mount Airy; Third: Jeffrey Rivers, 60, of Fayetteville, 2:04:12
Top Females — First place: Shelia Orem, 41, of Mount Airy, 1:27:14; Second: Karen Hibbard, 28, of Danville, Virginia, 1:36:24; Third: Hannah Williams, 31, of Marion, Virginia, 1:39:04
Female, age 1-19 — First place: Emma Harrison, 19, of Mount Airy, 2:04:39; Second: Meredith Roberson, 11, of Clayton, 2:07:10; Third: Noelle Roberson, 11, of Clayton, 2:07:47
Female, age 20-29 — First place: Holly Petruso, 24, of Charlotte, 1:44:48; Second: Melissa Wall, 29, of Ararat, Virginia, 1:55:57; Third: Christine Mihelcic, 24, of Mount Airy, 2:09:57
Female, age 30-39 — First place: Jessica Zenzen, 37, of High Point, 1:45:22; Second: Susan Sigmon, 38, of Statesville, 1:46:12; Third: Morgan Sharp, 31, of Greensboro, 1:47:24
Female, age 40-49 — First place: Gina Cusato-O'Neal, 45, of Winston-Salem, 1:45:23; Second: Kristal Digiovanna, 42, of Summerfield, 1:51:46; Third: Michaelle Browers, 46, of Winston-Salem, 1:54:53
Female, age 50-59 — First place: Susan Moore, 51, of Woodleaf, 1:44:38
Team Results —First place: Team VJC/E3 with a time of 1:21:05; Second place: 2 Devils and a Tarheel, 1:24:37; Third place: She He & Me, 1:29:26
For more information about Mayberry Triathlon and other recreation and sporting events and opportunities, visit Mount Airy Parks and Recreation's website at www.mountairyparksandrecreation.com.
Reach Jessica Johnson at 719-1933 and on Twitter @MountAiryJess.