OBX Triathlon’s latest success in the books


More than 240 athletes participated in the 2022 OBX Triathlon on Saturday, September 17, which was hosted by Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) and sponsored by the Banks’ Overseas Tourist Office.

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The race, which included swimming, cycling and running starting at the Ole Swimming Hole behind the NC Aquarium at the north end of Roanoke Island. Two groups participated with a Sprint division, an Olympic division, and all participating athletes from the age of 8 who did the bike part of a 3-man team to the 76th through the three; From as far away as Utah, Oklahoma, and St. Louis, they loaded up heavily after completing the course. The finish line was in Ft. Historic Raleigh site with food and a traditional beer garden for runners (21+).

Oreste Pesselato (Rusty), of St. Louis, Missouri, who won the Olympic title with a time of 2:11:08, had never competed in a triathlon before. But friends at OBX convinced him to come here and visit them and compete. He had gone the whole distance (he said “the bike wouldn’t fit in a plane”) and had trained for a full 6 months prior to the event, “although there was nothing that could prepare me for the winds on the (Old Man Port) Bridge.” Rusty also said after the race that “the whole event was very well prepared and a great track. The volunteers were incredibly helpful along the way.” Olympic runners swim 0.93 miles; Bike 25 miles (to the end of Machos Road and back) and run 6.2 miles. Sprint section are all shorter distances.

Katie Sueder, of Virginia Beach, was the first female and third overall in the Sprint division to cross the finish line. She borrowed her mom’s bike and couldn’t get the kickstand to stand in, she said she hadn’t been in the water competitively or at all for 7 years, but she “knew how to run!” He came first on Sprint Adam Burke of Raleigh, North Carolina with a time of 1:13:08. He couldn’t thank the volunteers enough.

The event was the culmination of months of planning, checking distances for certification by USATF, obtaining permits, acquiring equipment, and sponsors, making sure that street neighbors who were part of the race aware of the event, and closing the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge from 7 From morning till noon, tremendous organization to the details, crowd of wonderful local volunteers who didn’t mind showing up as early as 5am, to stay for each other till noon. Then split the course and thank the National Park Service for using its space and facilities.

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This is the first triathlon since the pandemic, so OBSE was happy to organize a successful event to build on next year. In 2023, the event will move to June 2-3, to avoid being caught in the middle of hurricane season, which is always a problem in September. The last time the event was held, it had to be ramped up to biathlon due to the poor water quality of the Croatian sound.

The next event on the OBSE calendar is the Towne Bank OBX Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, 5K, Family Fun Run sponsored by Towne Bank, Outer Banks Tourism Department, Publix, Surf Pediatrics and many more generous sponsors nationwide And on a global scale. offshore banks. Mark your calendars November 11-13, 2022, the Veterans Day weekend for these events. For more information on OBSE or upcoming races in November, go to www.obxse.com. Or follow OBSE on Facebook or Instagram for information and results.

Here is a full summary of the race results:

Olympic men

  • Oreste Pesselato 02:11:08.3 St. Louis, Missouri
  • Thomas Strasey 02:23:43.3 Greensboro, NC
  • Eric Wetzel 02:26:26.7 Richmond, Virginia

Women’s Olympic

  • Olivia Gonzalez 02:31:29.3 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Johnny Johnson 02:32:23.5 Concord, NC
  • Nancy Placid 02:34:11.8 Midlothian, Virginia

sprint men

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  • Adam Burke 01:13:03.3 Raleigh, NC
  • Stephen Fox 01:19:30.1 Raleigh, NC
  • Anders Jacobson 01:25:13.7 Raleigh, NC

Sprint Women

  • Catherine Sodder 01:21:54.3 Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Daniel Foster 1:24:37.6 Kitty Hawk, NC
  • Emily Neuburg 01:26:21.0 Suffolk, Virginia

This story originally appeared on OBXToday.com. Read more local stories here.

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