Club tri-ific again

Columbia Multisport wins second straight National Triathlon Championship.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:13 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Columbia Multisport Club won its second straight National Club Triathlon Championship on Sunday in Boulder, Colo.

CMC won Division I, the grouping for teams with the most racers. The event used five divisions.

Joe Bechtold, CMC president, said that last year the club brought more participants, so this year they would have to have people place. On Sunday, CMC had 46 members finish the race and four members placed in their divisions.

“We just did what we had to do,” Bechtold said.

Molly Vetter won the women’s age 20-25 division in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 25 seconds, placing 106th out of the 1,335 who competed.

Mark Livesay finished in 2:29:21 for fifth out of 35 in the Clydesdale men’s division for racers more than 200 pounds and was 197th out of 1335 overall.

CMC members Dwayne Miller placed fifth in the men’s 40-44 division, and Susan Schapira placed fifth in the women’s 35-39 division.

The race began with a 1500-meter swim, followed by a 42-kilometer bike race and a 10-kilometer run.

Next year’s club championship race will be held in Houston.

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