Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Volte Closes The Books on May with a Sylvan Beach Recap

Sylvan Beachers, we didn't miss you from last weekend!

The only one of Team Tri Volte that got shutout from the awards podium at the Sylvan Beach Duathon, Triathlon and Paratriathlon was the guy that was coming back from having surgery performed recently, Paolo Biagi.

That's a whole medal of courage of its own to overcome - and the deductible to go with it!

Team Tri Volte:  New competitors welcome - including the guy - Debut Darren - on the far right!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

In the longer Olympic distance race, which was a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, Yaya Herrera finished in 3:09:31 to grab third overall in her age group.

Yaya to the finish!
(Photo courtesy of Bill Dwyer)

Making his multisport debut was Darren Hadden, and he turned the Duathlon into a new athletic home if he wants to take up longer residence there.

He finished the 1.7-mile run, 20-kilometer bike and 5K run in 1:11:26, also picking a third place age group award.  

Even though they weren't in the same age division, he held off one of Houston's top veteran runners, Francisco "Paco" Garza, from catching him on the run.

Biagi was next across in 1:18:11 while Tammy Grado, putting to work the advantages gained from preparation for Ironman Texas, won her division in 1:27:30.

(Actually, preliminary results showed Biagi in third, but when the event producer acknowledged before the awards presentation that there were no separate overall and masters winners in the duathlon he got bumped down to fourth.)

Volte friend Nicholle Winger was second in her age group in 1:15:49.

And another Volte friend, Alejandro Bedoya, took second in his division in the Sprint triathlon, which replaced the 1.7-mile run with a 500-meter swim.

Thanks to Bill Dwyer and Roger King for supporting the team in La Porte.

Keeping with the triathlon theme, we bend the Alan Jackson tune in saying that Dana Formon and Gabby Westbrook were "way down yonder in the Chattanooga"!

The duo took on Iromnan 70.3 Chattanooga in Tennessee on Sunday, May 21 and did well.

Formon, who is coached by T3's Brian Tucker, stopped the clock in 6:33:15 while Westbrook, directed by TxTri's Sandra Sutherland, finished in 6:50:36.

Great job, ladies!

Volte friend Pam Meaux - one of our local female legends in running and triathlon in The Woodlands - was fourth in her 60-64 division in 5:44:37.

And in a light racing week otherwise, we kicked the tires on Run Houston! Clear Lake - also on Sunday, May 21.

Were we snoozing on Saturday, May 20?

No, we almost overlooked Jerritt Park in Spindle Tree parkrun 5K #70, where he took third overall and first masters in 20:43.

We take our readers back to Clear Lake.

Sherry Cameron led us off with a 39:38 finish in the 5K.

In the 10K, Jerritt logged a new personal best at the distance and finished first in his age group in 41:18.

Volte friend Josh Rivas was second in his age group in 42:20.  

He shared that his daughter Kylie ran her very first 10K ever and finished first in her division in 49:46.

And Jennifer Vieira closed the books on the race, doing well for Volte in 1:19:31.

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