OGDENSBURG - On Wednesday afternoon, the facebook page for the first annual Hoswegatchie Duathlon Series just blew up according to page manager Gary Hammond.
It wasnt because the site contracted a virus.
The site was simply blitzed by people seeking information or entering Wednesday evenings event which features two 1.5 mile runs sandwiched around an eight-mile bike ride.
I was hoping we would get 20 entries and we got over 90. What a great start for the event and we got excellent traffic control from the city police and the state troopers out on route 37, said Scott Wright who directed the action at the start-finish line and transition area at Hosmers Marina.
This all came about when a bunch of us were sitting around talking and decided that Ogdensburg should have a duathlon. Having it here at Hosmers Marina is just perfect. The run is all on the Maple City trail and it also showcases the improvements in the marina district, he added.
And Ogdensburg and competitors from the surrounding areas agreed.
Competitors in the field ranged from three-person teams making their first attempts at a duathlon to Ogdensburgs Ironwoman Lyle Montgomery.
The fastest time of the day was turned by accomplished duathlete Jim Allott of Potsdam, who stormed past the field on the bike to lead the Mens Division in 43:39.
Doug Johnson took second in 47:00 and Brian Seymour placed third in 48:04.
I really enjoyed the race, the course was great and it is nice just to have another duathlon series in the North Country, said Allott who coaches Nordic Skiing at Clarkson University.
I had never been to this part of Ogdensburg before and I really enjoyed seeing it, he added.
Alicia Felt led the Womens Division in 51:29 followed by Kristin Sutton in 54:43 and Susan Dodd in 1:02.42.
In the team competition Yves Dupont and Shawn Paradis led the way in 47:42 followed by a pair of collegiate athletes in Amanda Woods, a William Smith swimmer from Morristown, and Ogdensburgs Jake Fredericks, a record-setting hurdler at St. Lawrence University. Third place went to OFA distance runner Nick Vielhauer and Kelly Badlam.
The second and third leg of the series will take place on July 10 and August 14.
Veteran biker Mike Sargent is already looking forward to completing the series.
They did an absolutely super job getting this started. The bike course is great and best part is that the second half of the ride is downhill which really makes it fun, he said.
NOTE: complete results of the duathlon, sponsored by Hosmers Marina, Crows Bike Shop, the Ogdensburg City Recreation Department and the Pepsi Cola Ogdenasburg Bottlers; will appear in Fridays Journal and Daily Courier-Observer.