Saturday, June 12, 2004 -- Thurmond - Fayetteville, WV
Captain Thurmond's Challenge (iPO Event Id#: 6078)
Story and photos by Jason & Julie Black
The day started early downtown with registration. With a little pep in their step thanks to the free Red Bull refreshments, the runners and walkers took flight in the Captain's 5K Challenge. After those racers finished in front of the court house, the kid's got their chance to strut their stuff in front of a large crowd.
By 2:00 pm. It was time for the triathletes and mountain bikers to head on out to the historic Thurmond train depot for a Le Mans start.
On Saturday, June 12, the depot bustled with people once again as racers lined up for the triathlon start. New for 2004, the Captain added a West Virginia Mountain Bike Association (WVMBA) Race. The bikers started with the bike leg of the triathlon and finished in Fayetteville. Greg Moore (2:46:31) was the first biker in the MTB race to finish.
The Solos Ride Again "Great kid! Don't get cocky." --Han Solo
Expert Male, Chris Pohowsky, the first person to complete the entire triathlon ended his challenge in 3:26:05. He was also the first Solo Racer to finish in 2000. A longer and more technical Bike Leg, and certainly a more challenging Whitewater Leg made the difference in the times this year. Dwight Shuler, whos paddling skills gave him an edge on this day, finished second overall. Chris Lambiotte (4:02:24) came in a respectable third overall, and first in his class, Sport Male.
There's no "i" in Team, but there is "me"
"Oh, I told you it was dangerous here." --C-3PO
Over 11 teams raced, not all of them finished, but Expert Male team Visual Speed really dominated. They finished in 3:04:54. South Minden All Stars (3:32:30), Sport Male Cat., placed second. Expert Mixed, team New River Bike (3:33:46), placed third.
For the Record... Thanks to Brian of Search-n-Rescue who showed me the MTB trail leg somewhere in the middle of Thurmond and Minden. Many thanks to all of the gracious sponsors who gave discounts, and provided support. Thanks to all of the Captain's Crew who worked hard to make sure everyone was safe and accounted for, including the Rescue Squad, and sweep raft on the New.