AT TOUGHMAN NEW YORK, LONG COURSE MULTISPORT NATIONAL TITLES WERE WON
New York’s Stony Point In Stony Point, New York, Toughman New York served as the host venue for the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships for the second consecutive year. On Sunday, September 25, athletes from all across the nation came to fight for national crowns in the long course triathlon, duathlon, and aquabike.
The triathlon was converted into a run-bike-run duathlon due to the Lake Welch water levels at Harriman State Park. Athletes competed on a 2-mile run, 56-mile cycle, and 13.1-mile run circuit. With a winning time of 4 hours, 2 minutes, and 55 seconds, New Yorker Kevin Cronin (Greenfield Center, N.Y.) won the overall men’s long course triathlon as well as the men’s 20–24 division.
It was difficult. I completed the event the year before, so I knew what to expect, but this route is never simple. The race was challenging but really enjoyable. It was steep, freezing on the downhills and scorching on the uphills. I was sweating for a while because of the person behind me. I narrowed the 3- to 4-minute deficit he had going into the last run, but I kept an eye on him the rest of the day while I waited for him to close it.
Although I used the first run as a warm-up, I felt fresh on the bike. I then went on the bike and it felt like a brick workout until I got into the last run’s second half, when it truly felt like I was racing, said Cronin of the day’s difficulties.
Derek Tietjen (Atlantic Highlands, N.J.), who came in second with a time of 4:19:13 and also won the men’s 45-49 age group championship, and Christian Waterstraat (Naperville, Ill.), who came in third with a time of 4:23:05, joined him on the podium for the men’s overall.
With a timing of 4:42:35, Blair Bartosiewicz (Delray Beach, Florida) won the overall national title and the women’s 25-29 age group title in the women’s long course triathlon competition.
Ashley Blake (Hudson, New Hampshire), who finished in second place and won the women’s 35-39 division, with a timing of 4:49:21. Kimberly Wikel (Milan, Ohio), who finished third and won the women’s 45-49 age category, completed the women’s podium. Her time was 4:51:16.
The steep inclines and quick descents made this event a terrific ride even though it was rather difficult. The run was great and I established a new personal best even though it was really hilly. a personal record.
This course was undoubtedly more difficult and competitive than some of my prior courses. Blake, who finished in second place overall, was always the target of my pursuit, according to Bartosiewicz.
22 age-group national champions representing 15 states competed in the triathlon, including Stephan Maas of Barre, Vermont, who won the Clydesdale 40-59 age division.
A similar difficult course to the triathlon was used for the Long Course Duathlon National League Championship. Karoline Muehlfellner of Dunedin, Florida, and Greg Close of Brooklyn, New York, respectively, won the men’s and women’s overall national championships. Close completed the race in 3:53:13 and won the men’s 35-39 age division. With a time of 4:54:22, Muehlfellner finished first among women and first among women in the 35-39 age category.
At Toughman New York, Athena superstar Leslie Battle won the Athena 40-54 national championship, defending her national championship title from the previous year.