It was hot…and it was windy, but after it was over, several participants were disappointed they would have to wait a whole year for the next installment of Pryor’s Family Tri Day.   We can only expect our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers to do this once a year.  But we were so happy that at least 56 brave souls decided to take Pryor’s first triathlon challenge, and we are already planning for next year.  

Our competitors ranged in age from 12 to 65 years young. Seasoned triathletes from as far away as Tonkawa, “second timers,” and rank beginners came out for the event.   At the Children’s Duathlon held after the triathlon we cheered on 11 kids and one crazy adult on a trike.

The purpose of the event was to introduce the sport of triathlon to the community with a “doable” distance, (200 meter swim, 8 mile bike ride and 1 mile run) shorter than most sprint triathlons, (1/4 mile swim, 15 mile bike and 5k run) and surely much shorter than the Ironman Distance.  

We also wanted to support our own Traci Johnson.  Traci and her husband Justin own Mid-America Rental Center, and she is a member of the Rec Center where she trains.  She is also an Ironman competitor.  Traci will race in the biggest, baddest, most difficult tri there is…the Ironman World Championships in October.  Known in the sport as simply “Kona,” because of its location in Hawaii, elite athletes from all over the world will endure a difficult 2.4 mile open water swim with currents and tides, a 112 mile trek on the bicycle across the famed lava fields where temperatures are brutal, and “for dessert,” they’ll run a marathon.   Although most of us can’t even fathom this type of event, Traci’s trip to Kona is a dream come true.  And we couldn’t let it go unnoticed. 

We’ll hopefully post results on the Rec Center website, but until then, I can post some preliminary results with some photos.  Certificates will go out in the mail this week to each participant who didn’t receive theirs the day of the race.    And I have some photos…..

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Swimmers stand anxiously in line for their turn to start.  Ask even the most seasoned triathletes if calmness prevails prior to starting and they’ll answer a resounding, “No!”  Doesn’t matter if it’s the first race or the 100th, the butterflies were fluttering around the Pryor Rec Center pool Saturday morning.

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David Wilkins of Pryor, Locust Grove’s former high school principal and Hulbert’s new superintendent of schools, finished second to 25-year-old Bradford Gildon of Tulsa.  Gildon was lightning fast swimming 200 yards, biking 8 miles and running 1 mile in 33 minutes 2 seconds.  David finished slightly two minutes behind Gildon.   Arryn Stacy, 22, of Pryor, was the overall winner in the women’s division.

Our wonderful sponsors made the event financially possible. Without their support and participation we’d be “treading water” and “slipping gears” and “running in circles.”

Boys and Girls Clubs of Green Country provided major sponsorship and support for the event.  Without their involvement, the idea of a triathlon event would be just that….only an idea.  We are very grateful for their participation in this event. 

Gold Sponsors:  Williams Construction, Collins Electric, Mid-America Rental Center

Silver Sponsors:  Karen and Andy Sissons, OSU-Okmulgee(Mid-America), Century 21 NEOKLA, Elliott Medical Plaza

Bronze Sponsors: Century Bank of Oklahoma, Jane Wilson Swim Coach, Debco Electric

We needed about 40 volunteers to stand in the heat for several hours on their day off and record times, direct traffic and keep the participants safe.  We are very thankful for those faithful people who did whatever they were asked. 

Everyone who participated was a winner in our eyes, but here’s the standings according to the clock.

Males Top Five  All Ages      

1

Bradford Gildon Tulsa

0:33:02

 

2

David Wilkins Pryor

0:35:13

 

3

Mark Fields Pryor

0:35:59

 

4

Andy Sissons Chouteau

0:37:04

 

5

Jered Auld Tulsa

0:41:01

 
Females Top Five All Ages      

1

Arryn Stacy Pryor

0:44:11

 

2

Holly Palmer Pryor

0:46:35

 

3

Cheyenne Woods Pryor

0:49:31

 

4

Melissa Martin Pryor

0:50:36

 

5

Stephanie Conduff Broken Arrow

0:52:02

 
           
Team Finishes        

1

Craig/Cantrell Pryor

0:53:18

 

2

Marshalls   Pryor

0:56:03

 
First Place Finisher in Age Groups
       
Males 12-19    
Ryan Pettus Pryor

0:43:54

Females  12-19    
Cheyenne Woods Pryor

0:49:31

Males 20-24    
Kelly O’Ryan Tulsa

0:57:03

Females 20-24    
Katy Creekmore Pryor

0:57:04

Males 25-29    
Bradford Gildon Tulsa

0:33:02

Females 25-29    
Arryn Stacy Tonkawa

0:44:11

Males 30-34    
David Wilkins Pryor

0:35:13

Females 30-34    
Holly Palmer Pryor 0:46::35
Males 35-39    
Chris Wilcox Eucha

0:42:31

Females 35-39    
No entries      
Males 40-44    
Andy Sissons Chouteau

0:37:04

Females 40-44    
Lori Pettus Pryor

1:05:14

Males 45-49    
No entries      
Females 45-49    
Melissa Martin Pryor

0:50:36

Males 50-54    
Gary Anderson Vinita

1:06:18

Females 50-54    
Sally Bair   Pryor

0:55:13

Males 55-59    
Roger Stacy Tonkawa

0:42:54

Females 55-59    
No entries      
Males 60-64    
Steve Wyneken Pryor

0:56:40

So if you can’t wait for next year, here’s the 2009 Oklahoma triathlon calendar.  Next nearby opportunity is Oct. 4 in Claremore.  Those of us who raced that one in the spring know it’s FUN! 

http://www.trifind.com/gs_triathlon/TriathlonCalendar.html?state=ok

In the meantime, don’t forget the Svitak Freedom Ride in Joplin August 22  http://www.rufusracing.com 

Pryor’s Dam J.A.M. on Sept 12 beginning in Whitaker Park.  http://www.damjambicycletour.com/

The Pryor Chamber of Commerce has entry forms, or use this website for online registration.  

http://pryorokcoc.weblinkconnect.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=875

Two quotes of the day meant specifically for the 40 new people who have entered the triathlete fellowship this weekend and know how cool it is to say, I’m a triathlete!”  They explored a new challenge,  took a risk, gave it their best and didn’t give up.   Congratulations to you all!

Quote #1

“The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.” -Anonymous

Quote #2

“To ‘tri’ is to risk failure, to not ‘tri’ is to guarantee it.”  –William Arthur Ward (paraphrased)

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