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Posted on September 26, 2013

Close to 700 athletes participate in 10th annual endurance event in Cambridge, MD

Cambridge, Md. – TriColumbia, the Mid-Atlantic’s premier endurance event production company, held its 10th annual ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, MD to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of the Mid-Atlantic. Close to 700 endurance athletes ages 16 – 71 from 26 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and Israel participated in the event, making it the largest ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival since its inception in 2004. The Festival consisted of seven race distances, including:

•    USAT Mid-Atlantic Ultra Triathlon Championship – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run ($4,999 prize purse, except relays)
•    Aquabike – 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ($2,500 prize purse, except relays)
•    Skipjack – 1.2 mile swim, 64 mile bike, 10 mile run
•    Bugeye Classic – 1.2 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6.2 mile run
•    SwimFest – 2.4 mile swim
•    ChesapeakeMan 10 Mile Run
•    Moonlight Marathon – 26.2 mile run

40-year-old George Newsome of Palmyra, NY placed first in the USAT Mid-Atlantic Ultra Championship with a time of 9:48:24. 43-year-old Tonya Spagnuolo from Grafton, MA was the top female finisher with a time of 11:22:58. Newsome and Spagnuolo each took home a cash prize of $1,000.  
Rounding out the top five men were: 2) Michael Baba (48, Silver Spring, MD), time: 9:48:47, prize $600; 3) Daniel Mollod (46, Harvard, MA), time: 10:02:38, prize: $400; 4) Kevin Kunkel  (42, Reston, VA), time: 10:04:15, prize: $300; 5) Michael Turch (41, Triangle, VA), time: 10:33:31, prize: $199. After Spagnuolo, the top five females were: 2) Andrea Nelson (35, Arlington, VA), time: 11:41:16, prize $600; 3) Heidi Thompson (43, Virginia Beach, VA), time: 12:10:10, prize: $400; 4) Sharon Seabury (46, Wakefield, MA), time: 12:16:42, prize: $300; 5) Jacqueline Francisco (43, Dartmouth, MA), time: 12:52:45, prize: $199.

47-year-old Stephen Levickas of Woodstock, MD placed first in the Aquabike event. 2012 reigning Aquabike Champion 32-year-old Suzanne Serpico of Columbia, MD, reclaimed her title for the third year in a row. Levickas finished in 5:47:33 and Serpico finished in 6:06:46 and took home cash prizes of $600.

Rounding out the top three men were: 2) Michael Welch (31, Bear, DE), time: 5:48:42, prize: $400; 3) Kyle Pawlaczyk    (30, Orchard Park, NY), time: 5:56:29, prize: $250. After Serpico, the top females were: 2) Alyssa Godesky (28, Baltimore, MD), time: 6:21:54, prize: $400; 3) Mackenzie Yates (32, Washington, D.C.), time: 6:55:06, prize: $250.

Additionally, 34-year-old Nathan Rickman of Fairfax, VA won the Skipjack with a time of 4:38:39. 26-year-old Christine Nichols of Burke, VA was the first female finisher with a time of 4:47:10.

41-year-old Pedro Aponte of Lutherville, MD finished first overall in the Bugeye Classic with a time of 2:22:52. The first place female in the Bugeye Classic was 28-year-old Holly Bangs of Timonium, MD with a time of 2:30:22.

40-year-old Jonathan Shinnick of Towson, Md. was the top male finisher in the Swimfest with a time of 55:22. 31-year-old Jennifer Downing of Salisbury, MD was the top female finisher with a time of 59:17.

35-year-old Cynthia Bartus of Bethlehem, MD finished first overall in the ChesapeakeMan 10 Mile Run with a time of 1:09:51. 58-year-old John Ianno of Laurel, MD was the top male finisher in this event with a time of 1:20:02.

32-year-old Jeffrey Andritz of Altamont, NY finished first overall in the Moonlight Marathon with a time of 4:17:31. 43-year-old Mark Elky of Reisterstown, MD came in second place with a time of 5:02:14.
“Showing true grit and perseverance, participating athletes overcame high winds and driving rain during the evening hours. Despite the challenging conditions, it was a great experience for them,” said Kari Ebeling, Race Director and Chief Operating Officer at TriColumbia. “Congratulations to George, Tonya and all of the top finishers, as well as to everyone who participated today.”
In its 10th year, the ChesapeakeMan Endurance Festival takes place on Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore, and provides an ideal experience for athletes of all skill levels. The ChesapeakeMan Ultra Triathlon has been named a “140.6 Best Race” in Triathlete Magazine and is the 2013 USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship event.

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