Forming a sprint distance relay team named “The Newbies” are Ripon High School students, from left, Julia Long, Alexis Tebon and McKenzie Nodolf. The three of them each did one leg of the triathlon and finished second with a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes, 11 seconds. Tracy Landerman photo
Forming a sprint distance relay team named “The Newbies” are Ripon High School students, from left, Julia Long, Alexis Tebon and McKenzie Nodolf. The three of them each did one leg of the triathlon and finished second with a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes, 11 seconds. Tracy Landerman photo

   More than 350 participants in the Ripon Medical Center (RMC) Triathlon were treated to clear skies and new scenery Sunday.

   The event, which has been held at the Green Lake Conference Center for the last decade, was hosted in Deacon Mills Park.

   Race Director Chris Schattschnieder noted that the overall feedback from athletes on the new location was positive.

   “People really liked the swim; they thought it was better than previous years,” he said. “Some thought the bike [portion] was just as hilly as previous years. Others thought it was fast. We didn’t hear anything about the run.”

   The event featured sprint- and Olympic-distance races.

   The sprint consisted of a 400-meter swim, 18-mile bike ride and 5k run. The Olympic distance featured a 1,500-meter swim, 25-mile bike ride and 10k run.

   The races combined for 363 finishers. The sprint had an average completion time of 1 hour, 48 minutes and 55 seconds, while the Olympic distance had an average finish time of 2:46:50

   Money from the event will be donated to the RMC Foundation, which helps pay for baseline concussion testing for local athletes.

Read the full story, which includes results, in the July 25, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.