, Salem, MA


August 19, 2013

Hundreds compete in Witch City Triathlon


Debby Logan was a member of the first training session at the Salem Y 11 years old, and has been competing in triathlons ever since.

“I’ve done about 50 of them, and I try to do this mini one almost every year,” said Logan, who lives in Salem and has done a half Ironman. “It’s always fun to do one in my home town, and this is such a great course.”

Greg LaBelle of Peabody finished third in the 35-39 age division. He is also part of the Fit Werx team and preparing for the Pumpkin Man Half Ironman event in Brunswick, Maine which will be triple the distance of Witch City.

“It’s so nice to be part of a great team,” said LaBelle. “The toughest part for me was the swimming, because the water was a little cold. I grew up in Salem, and I swam in the pool here all the time. I do triathlons for fun, and this one was a great time.”

For 13-year old Myles Raymond of Cambridge his first ever triathlon was an experience he will never forget. Raymond was part of a relay team with his brother.

“It was hard but fun,” said Raymond. “The toughest part was right before the finish, but I’ll definitely do another one.”

The mixed relay team called 76 SUDS (James DeFilippi, Alexa Singer, and Jason Uttam) won in 1:10:08 while the male relay winner was Cougar Hunters (Mark Aylward, Nick Bestor, and Andrew Koehan). The female relay winner was 19 Treetops@ 30 (Holly Barron, Emily Hinchey, and Eda Matchak).

Chuck Rodrigues of Salem won the men’s 30-34 age class. Despite living in Salem he hadn’t competed in the Witch City event the past two years because he did the Lake Placid Ironman.

“This is my first time here,” said the 32-year old. “I was too tired after Lake Placid before, but three months ago my baby was born so my training has been limited. I decided to try one of the short ones, and I loved the bike course around Marblehead Neck. Biking is always the easiest part for me, but I was pretty beat during the run.”

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