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Over 100 participants competed in the 2019 South Beach Triathlon

ALPENA, Mich. – Last Saturday was a beautiful day to be outside especially when your out competing for a triathlon. That is when the South Beach Triathlon took place where over 100-people in and around the Alpena area participated.

“So the number one purpose is to raise funds for the firework,” said Event Coordinator Jessica Frantz. “Another reason is to bring everyone out to enjoy Long Lake and the beauty of it.”

All competitors started at Long Lake Park where they had to bike seven-miles to Maplewood Tavern. From Maplewood Tavern, they ran three-miles from the Sandbar. From the Sand Bar, they had to Kayak a mile back to Long Lake Park.

“This year wasn’t hot as other years,” said Matt Frantz. “It was nice an enjoyable than last year.”

Frantz has been dominating this triathlon for over six years, but the South Beach Triathlon is where it all started.

“A bunch of us friends got together and decided,” said Frantz. “We’ve seen posters at the Sand Bar and saw that a race was going on so we decided to do it. The next morning we did it and we’ve done it ever since.”

For some people, it was there first time ever competing in a triathlon including our very own Sports Director, Larissa Liska.

“Oh gosh it feels great,” said Liska. “I’m a big fitness person and I never thought I would finish a triathlon.

Men’s Results:
Matt Frantz – 51:51
Greg Compeau – 54:23
Anthony Shaner – 54:23

Women’s Results:
Tracie Granata – 1:00:48
Sarah Nowak – 1:05:44
Kayla Sharp – 1:06:41

Youth Results:
Cameron Young 1:03:58
Cameron Datte 1:05:46
Hunter Hitzelburger 1:08:37