CANTON - The St. Lawrence Valley Paddlers hosted their second Canoe Duathlon of the 2014 season on Wednesday evening under near ideal atmospheric conditions along with the company of a few extra mosquitos and deer flies that were looking to get in on the fun.
This event has typically drawn approximately 10-15 teams most weeks throughout the years but had the participation record eclipsed with 18 teams and 33 participants completing the 1.25 mile run, 1.5 mile canoe and 1.25 mile run course.
The numbers record was possible due to an influx of new faces that joined the regulars at the Little River Canoe Access on outer Park Street in Canton.
The participation record wasn’t the only record to go down on Wednesday, as the course record was improved by the top two men’s teams in a friendly battle.
The team of Jon Eng (runner) and John Newman (paddler) led the entire field during the first run and to the canoe turn buoy on little river. Johnny Newman (paddler) closed the gap on his own father during the canoe leg to get even by the buoy turn.
He would then gain a few seconds on the return to the second exchange to give teammate, Jeff Lyndaker a small but crucial time advantage over Jon Eng going into the second run. Eng would close fast to nearly catch Lyndaker and pushing both teams under the old course record of 27:08 that was set last summer by the Newman/Lyndaker team.
The category leaders included Gene Newman and Emma Duffany in the deepest field of five teams, the mixed team division, with their time of 29:58. The women’s team leaders were Christine Rossiter-Burhans and Mary Kelly in a time of 35:48 and the solo woman title went to Emma Bracket with a very strong effort in 35:43.
Newcomer, Jake Malcomb ran a blazing first leg, held his own on the kayak segment but then had a technical error on the second run which cost him a chance at the lead in the solo men competition.
This division would have seen a tight battle with veteran soloist, Allen Kelly who completed the official course in 33:05 to take the honors this week.
The third and final SLVP Canoe Duathlon of the season will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 20th with a 6:30 p.m. start time. Please visit slvpaddlers.org for more information and photos.
Men’s Teams: Johnny Newman/Jeff Lyndaker (Rennselaer Falls/Canton) 26:27 (course record), John Newman/Jon Eng (Rennselaer Falls/Norwood) 26:39, Saywer Howell/Dan Roy (Madrid/Fine) 29:24, Jake Fredericks/Andy Fisher (Ogdensburg) 35:02.
Mixed Teams: Gene Newman/Emma Duffany (Canton) 29:57, Dwight Stevenson/Lyndsay LaBarge (Canton) 31:22, Liz Weir/Jamey Hoose (Potsdam) 36:17, Andrew Lieber/Drew Pynchon/Katie Green (Canto) 39:34, Larry and Pam Rowe/Jeff and Patty Hunter (West Stockholm) 41:20.
Men Solo: Allen Kelly (Rennselaer Falls) 33:05, Wayne Simmons (Heuvelton) 35:42, Will Seigfried (Potsdam) 33:31, Jake Malcomb (off course, second leg run).
Women Solo: Emma Brackett (Canton) 35:43.
Women’s Teams: Chris Rossiter/Mary Kelly (Vermont/Rennselaer Falls) 35:48, Angelica Soto/Victoria Leder (Canton) 36:22, Chris Rossieter/Jackie Kelly/Mary Kelley (Vermont/Rensselaer Falls) 38:19, Blanche Towne/Kathy Duffany (Canton) 39:55.