SALEM — On a perfect day for swimming, biking, and running close to 300 people participated in the Witch City Triathlon at Forest River Park yesterday morning. Several top performers came long distances for the event which is hosted by the YMCA and is a sprint triathlon with a half mile swim, 13 mile bike ride, and 3.1 (5K) run through Salem and Marblehead.
“It’s a fabulous venue, and we’ve had so many great responses from competitors,” said race director Bill Burnett of Streamline Events. “This is the second year I’ve been the director, and and it’s a huge undertaking because we’re in two communities. We had a great crowd, and the weather was on our side. People loved the course, especially the bike ride through (Marblehead) Neck.”
The overall top male finishers in the Elite Class were Justin Roeder of Indiana, who had a very fast time of 56:33, Cameron Piper of Westborough, and Kyle Burnell of South Berwick, Maine. The Elite Women’s winner was Sonja Kent of West Boylston in 1:03:24 followed by Marblehead’s Kristen Lamb, and Carol Gephart of Stafford.
“I’m happy to get out here to race with so many great people,” said Lamb, a member of the Fit Werx team, who finished in 1:05.12. “Swimming is my weakness so it’s always the toughest part for me, but overall I’m pleased with my time.”
Fit Werx of Peabody owner Marty Miserandino was second in the 40-44 men’s division in 1:07:03. He dedicated the race for his friend Rich Angelo of Beverly, who died doing a triathlon in Vermont last summer.
“It was on this date one year ago,” said Miserandino, who recently moved from Salem to Hamilton. “This one was in his honor. I’ve done it a number of years, and if I could race in these conditions every day I would. The water was calm, and it was not too hot for biking or running; it’s a great local event.”