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Saturday, June 21, 2008 -- Elkins, WV / Davis & Elkins College
Davis Health Systems Mini Triathlon (iPO Event Id#: 10731)

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Coverage: [2007]

Photo by Julie Black
Smiling and ready for the run
Big Heart, Mini Tri

Article and photos by Julie Black

Though small in overall numbers, the Davis Health Systems Mini Triathlon was big in heart. Large numbers of volunteers joined the cause, helping to support Youth Health Service, Inc.

The organization is a private, non-profit, behavioral health and social service agency that strives to encourage and support communicating, planning and acting between children and their families and between families and their communities.

The event certainly did not lack for prizes or entertainment, complete with tents, DJ, and excellent facilities at Davis and Elkins College, in the heart of Elkins, WV. Distances included a 400-yard indoor pool swim, 12-mile road bike, and a 3.1-mile mild cross country run.

The first team to finish were also the first to come in, Team Blurrrrrrr. The local athletes completed the total mini-tri in a fast total time of 54 minutes and 14 seconds.

"I don't even own a road bike." commented team member, Joey Riddle. "I had to borrow this one." Road rider or not, Riddle proved to a fast biker. He's a local mountain bike racer in the area, routinely at the top of the list at most WV Mountain Bike Association point series events.

Phot by Julie black
XC run on the college course
The first individual was Jeffery White, age 33, who finished in 1:01:40. Mark Russell of Staunton, Virginia was second on the day in 1:02:51. Jon Boggs finished third (1:08:06).

The top female, Amy Dunkin, also in her 30's kept ahead of 27 year old Nettie Freshour's time of 1:26:03. Dunkin was first in 1 hour, 18 min. and 19 seconds. Local Tonya White was the third female with a time of 1:33:14.

Nice glass awards were given to the winners and families hung around afterwards to enjoy the sunny day in the Elkins area.

Don't miss the next area triathlon to hit WV. The Scenic Mountain Triathlon is on Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Richwood.

Held at Summit Lake on a course that hits the road through the Monongahela National Forest this lake swim, road ride and run tri. is excellent for athlete types, experts to beginners. Join us for this 23rd annual event complete with BBQ afterwards!