Large crowd at 35th annual Triathlon

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A fair number of participants in addition to a large number of spectators gathered Saturday for the 35th annual Ridgway Triathlon.
Steve Martin's four-person male team (HSSP) took top honors at 2:24:42. The team was followed by Judd Michael in the Ironman 45-and-over group with 2:40:06 and Michael Sweeney in third at 2:40:48 also in the Ironman 45-and-over group.
The top runner was Harley Thompson for team HSSP with a finishing time of 30:03. The top biker was Scott Olosky of team HSSP with a time of 39:35. Top paddlers were Martin and Paul Gruber for team HSSP with a time of 1:15:04. Sweeney, competing by himself as an ironman, was just 27 seconds off the victors' time on the river.
"I was totally amazed at some of the times recorded by some of the ironmen and ironwomen," said Ridgway YMCA Executive Director Mary Lynne Bellotti, noting Sweeney's placement at the event. "True athletes were at this year's event and we also saw several teams finished under three hours.
"All the teams did amazing and we're proud that the Ridgway YMCA can host this event and bring so many into our community."
She acknowledged her "great group of volunteers" as well as the participants who supported the YMCA and the community.
The top ironman runner was Paul Humphreys at 34:24. The top ironwoman runner was Edna Spang at 36:23. The top ironman biker was Judd Michael at 44:19. The top ironwoman biker was Spang at 48:47.
Sweeney was the top ironman paddler at 1:15:31. The top ironwoman paddler was Spang at 1:26:49.

By Joseph Bell, Ridgway Record Managing Editor