The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Tony Gorman
For the Valdez Star 

High 5 triathlon hits high note

CVTs race enters its 15th year


Sergei Wegner is a veteran when it comes to the Copper Valley High Five Triathlon. The 16 year-old has been racing in the event since he was only 6 years-old. That experience paid off last weekend when he won the teen solo category in the event.

“I enjoy the competition,” Wegner said after picking up the win. He said he also enjoyed the crowd being there to watch the race. The Valdez High School sophomore said he uses the race to prepare for other events down the road.

“I’m running cross country right now and the race is great for cardio,” Wegner said.

Over 80 athletes participated in this year’s event, which is part of the Valdez Gold Rush Days festivities. The event features swimming, running and bicycling competitions and participants ranged from 10 year-olds to adults. Some competed individually like Wegner. Some racers competed in teams. Most of the competition was held in the junior high-high school area.

In other results, Team USA took home the adult team title with a time of 0:29:51. The team of Bleicher, Hutton, Brown came in second with a time 0:30:48. Team Motrin was third with a time of 0:35:51.

In the female solo category, Hannah Norris finished on top with a time of 0:36:48. Kristen Cullen came in second at 0:40:18. Adrianne Bonchard finished third with a time of 0:40:39.

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The Copper Valley Telecom High 5 Triathlon featured a new route for its race that was held last Saturday.

Bob Smith claimed the top spot in the male solo title with a time of 0:33:50. Right behind Smith was Taylor Bushong with a time of 0:38:23. Eric Auten placed third with a time of 0:40:49.

Wegner won the teen solo title with a time of 0:35:22. Rylee Norris came in second with a time of 0:45:22. Kalen McIntosh finished third with a time of 0:47:42.

The Snelders Trio finished with a time of 0:34:47 to win the teen team title.

Mike Lucas, Jr. won the youth solo category with a time of 0:46:03. Sam Norris came in second with a time of 0:50:27. Gretchen Snelders came in third with a time of 0:51:32.

The team of Siddoway-Baczuk won the youth team category with a time of 0:49:23.


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