After the inaugural Mountain Man Triathlon last year with 19 racers, the 2nd annual event had 41 participants who swam, biked and ran the Alpine course this past weekend.
The triathlon contisted of a 600 meter swim across the Snake River followed by a 15 kilometer mountain bike ride through the foothills of Alpine before finishing up with a six-kilomter run along the Snake and finishing in the middle of Alpine Mountain Days.
This year’s winner of the men’s division was Dave Bergart of Victor, Idaho who traversed the route in a time of 1:03:04. This sets a new fast mark for the young race, besting last year’s winner, Danny Beasse, by 29 seconds.
Amanda Chaney of Jackson won the women’s division with a time of 1:17:23. The record for the women’s division was set last year by Kristen Irvine in 1:11:58.
The team race this year was won by the trio of Sarah Dornbos, Jon Berman and Troy Thompson, a.k.a. The Airpark Huskies, who finished in a time of 1:18:01.
According to Star Valley Medical Center, sponsor of the event, the winners took home the coveted Mountain Man Tomahawk Trophy for their efforts.
This year’s swim was noticably more difficult with river speeds down considerably which forced the racers into a more demanding start.
Joel Johnson, SVMC Foundation Executive Director, was very pleased with the event this year, “our participation was almost double from last year and the participants have been very complimentary of the course and volunteers again,” he said.