photo courtesy of David Barpal Photography

photo courtesy of David Barpal Photography

JUSTIN SMITH AND SUSANNAH BREEN CAPTURE WORLD’S TOUGHEST HALF TITLE

We couldn’t of asked for a better day!!!!  With temps approaching the 100′s just days before the 12th Annual Auburn Triathlon,  race day temperatures at the swim were 57 with day time highs maybe upper 70′s.   Water temperature was 71!.  Gorgeous weekend, perfect day for a triathlon race.

With 407 participants registered for one of the 4 events of the Auburn Triathlon,  344 participated race day.  The waters were calm at Rattlesnake Bar till the horn went off at 7:00.  Every 5 minutes a wave of swimmers would hit the water joining the lifeguards and safety personal already out on the water on jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks.  Dan Ingals of National Marine safety set the course for the events and provided water safety as did the Folsom State Park lifeguards.  Our swimmers were well watched, guarded and protected.

First to exit the water was Rob Laurie, of Incline Village with a swim time for the International of 20:11.6.  Linda Hora was first female out of the water with a time of 22:37.

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In the World’s Toughest Half the fastest swimmers were Justin Smith of Davis with a time of  25:35 and Amanda Mattioli with a time of 29:10.  Both Justin and Amanda each won the ZOOT Z Force  1.0 Wetsuit provided by our Swim Course Sponsor Rocklin Endurance Sports.  Rocklin Endurance Sports

For the Mini Tri first out of the water was Brynda Larsen,  age 51  with a lickety split time of 8:15.  Ian Smith, 19,  was first for the men in a time of 8:35.

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