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Athletes compete in Lakes to Pines Triathlon

Mark Hewitt completed the 500-yard swim during Saturday's Lakes to Pines Triathlon.1 / 2
Jeni Simpson completed the 14.7-mile bike ride for the Simpson Sandwich relay team at Saturday's Lakes to Pines Triathlon.2 / 2

     Matthew Backman of Park Rapids and Christel Kippenhan of Bemidji won the men’s and women’s titles at Saturday’s 7th annual Lakes to Pines Triathlon.

     Backman clocked an 8:10 in the 500-yard swim, a 39:09 in the 14.7-mile bike ride and a 20:26 in the 5K run with 1:08 transition time to win the men’s title in 1:08:53 while Kippenhan used times of 7:28 in the 500-yard swim, 41:35 on the bike ride and 22:03 in the 5K run with 1:13 in transition time to win the women’s title in 1:12:19.

     Sarah Kaufenberg, Rod Helm and Matt Kaufenberg of Park Rapids won the co-ed relay in 1:17:33; Seri Erickson, Connie Fondow and Jodi Erickson of Park Rapids won the female relay in 1:27:28; and Marcus Benson and Dave Benson of Park Rapids won the male relay in 1:23:43.

     Matthew Benson of Park Rapids had the fastest time in the 500-yard swim with a 6:29, Lyle Goebel of Minnetonka had the fastest time in the 14.7-mile bike ride in 37:40, and Thomas Pahl of Little Falls covered the 5K run in 20:25 to lead the way.

     A total of 36 individuals and eight relay teams competed in this year’s triathlon, which is a fundraiser for the Park Rapids boys and girls swim program.

MEN’S DIVISION

Overall winner: Matthew Backman, Park Rapids, 1:08:53.

19-under: 1, Matthew Benson, Park Rapids, 1:25:27. 2, Jack Hennen, Cambridge, 1:29:41.

20-24: 1, Justin Tellinghuisen, Fargo, 1:17:26.

30-34: 1, Matthew Dickinson, Brainerd, 1:09:01. 2, Tim Staloch, Minneapolis, 1:10:13.

35-39: 1, Matthew Backman, Park Rapids, 1:08:53. 2, Thomas Pahl, Little Falls, 1:10:23. 3, Ryan Sherman, McIntosh, 1:31:06.

40-44: 1, Eric Opheim, Walker, 1:20:29. 2, Luis Garcia, Fargo, ND, 1:28:45.

50-54: 1, Lyle Goebel, Minnetonka, 1:15:52.

60-64: 1, Neil King, Nevis, 1:09:57. 2, Mark Hewitt, Park Rapids, 1:33:46. 3, Don Gytri, Park Rapids, 1:38:13. 4, Kermit Johnson, Davenport, ND, 1:40:45.

65-69: 1, Maurice Spangler, Park Rapids, 1:53:39.

70-over: 1, Bob Koshnick, Detroit Lakes, 1:37.43.

WOMEN’S DIVISION

Overall winner: Christel Kippenhan, Bemidji, 1:12:19.

19-under: 1, Carly Waggoner, Park Rapids, 1:28.42. 2, Megan Grimes, Park Rapids, 1:38.36.

25-29: 1, Amanda Dickinson, Brainerd, 1:28:25.

30-34: 1, Trina Brennan, Mentor, 1:25:56. 2, Ellen Thomes, Brainerd, 1:29:28. 3, Andi Sherman, McIntosh, 1:38:36.

35-39: 1, Darcy Jackson, Moorhead, 1:28:55. 2, Kelly Boeddeker, Detroit Lakes, 1:36:33. 3, Noelle Kuitunen-Johnson, 1:39:01. 4, Brandi Backman, Park Rapids, 1:42:39. 5, Dustie Bakke, Menahga, 1:45:17. 6, Christine Steffen, Minneapolis, 2:05:18.

40-44: 1, Marcia Roline, Bemidji, 1:51:25.

45-49: 1, Christel Kippenhan, Bemidji, 1:12:19. 2, Patty Jaeger, Vergas, 1:25:59.

50-54: 1, Lisa Peterson, Minneapolis, 1:38:34.

60-64: 1, Elaine Hanson, Nevis, 1:36:51. 2, Mia Long, Park Rapids, 2:02:27.

CO-ED RELAY DIVISION

1, Fishhook, Park Rapids (Sarah Kaufenberg, Rod Helm, Matt Kaufenberg), 1:17:33. 2, Awesome Possum, Park Rapids (Heather Kniss, Justine Rittgers, Aaron Hamblin), 1:28:09. 3, Team Lucy, Plymouth (Lucy Haugland, Leif Haugland, Kellie Benzow), 1:34:25.

FEMALE RELAY DIVISION

1, Three Blind Mice, Park Rapids (Seri Erickson, Connie Fondow, Jodi Erickson), 1:27:28. 2, Ulvin Girls, Park Rapids (Ellie Ulvin, Michelle Ulvin), 1:32:58. 3, Simpson Sandwich, Park Rapids (Jessi Andersen, Jeni Simpson, Jill Simpson), 1:53:46.

MALE RELAY DIVISION

1, Benson Boys, Park Rapids (Marcus Benson, Dave Benson), 1:23:43. 2, Jamo & Grandpa, Minot, ND (Bob Oss, Jameson Folden), 1:24:48.

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