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Swimming, Biking, Running to Win The 6th Annual Williamsburg Triathlon
By Jim Newton

Chickahominy Riverfront Park was the site of the Williamsburg Triathlon for 2018. This past Saturday and Sunday from 600 to 700 athletes participated in the Olympic and the "Half” triathlon events. There were even sprint events and a Duathlon for the kids. The weather was near perfect with temperatures mostly in the mid to upper 70’s. The swim part of the events took place in the river adjacent to the park. From there the athletes left the water, ran a short distance and transitioned to the bicycle stage. After completing a course leading out of Williamsburg down Highway 5 towards Richmond, the athletes arrived back to park, left their bicycles and began the run back up Highway 5 and then returning again to the park and the finish. The Half consisted of a grueling 1.20 mile swim, 55.6 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run to the finish. The Olympic course included a .8 mile swim, 27.2 mile bike ride followed by a 6.1 mile run. The Half event was won by Christopher Douglas with a time of 3:59:38.163. Marcus Farris of Fairbanks, Alaska won the Olympic event with a time of 1:57:51:050. Music, food and other refreshments were provided to the athletes and all those attending the festivities.
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