June 13, 2013
By Jaeyeon Sim, USAG Humphreys Public Affairs Office
CAMP HUMPHREYS -- Although there wasn't any rain falling, plenty of people were still getting wet, mostly from the pool and sweating, during the "Run in the Rain Triathlon" June 8. The event, sponsored by the Camp Humphreys Family and Morale Welfare and Recreation Sports Division, featured triathlons for both youth and adults.
The adult version of the triathlon comprised a 400-meter swim in the Splish and Splash Water Park pool, a 20-kilometer bike ride and finished with a five-kilometer run. Children, ages 8 to 18, participated in a Youth Triathlon. They participated in a100-meter swim, three-mile bike ride and a one-mile run.
"We've always wanted to do a triathlon and we decided that this would probably be the simplest one to try without any fear since it's free and it's right here on post, so we thought we'd get up and try it," said Jackie McDowell. "We'll see how it goes…those could be my last words…no, it will be fun." For many different reasons, more than 100 participants got involved in this event.
For the first time, a team of Korean Augmentations to the U.S. Army (KATUSA) put together a team for the event. KATUSA corporals Jung Sung-min, Oh Hong-taek and Sung, Jong-heon, all assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys challenged in the team competition.
They became interested in the triathlon while being assigned to Camp Humphreys. "We would like to make valuable memories before getting out of the Army," said Jung. "In the competition, we each took the best part of the events. We are satisfied that we made it." Andy Cayer, finishing with a time of one hour, four minutes and 36 seconds, took first place in the Men's (32 Under) event. He was followed by Jerome Sandall (1:07:21) and Rian Comer (1:15:54).
Finishing second overall was Yi Chang-yun (1:05:22) to take first place in the Men's (Over 33) division. Aaron Angell (1:06:51) finished as runner-up, while Jeff Ferguson (1:07:52) held third place. On the Women's side, Nicole Solana (1:08:52) finished first overall and in the Women's (32 Under). She was followed by Elizabeth VanHeusden (1:20:44) and Sarah Bailey (1:27:16). Finishing with the second best time was Trisha Stavinoha (1:09:41) to win the Women's (Over 33). She was followed by Park Un-sun (1:20:05) and Anna Catrill (1:29:38).
"I started doing triathlons in high school, but this is my first one here," said Solana, a captain assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-2 (Attack) Reconnaissance Battalion. "I just came out to have some fun today. I want to try to get involved more. It's kind of addicting." As for the team competition, Osan Multi-Sport won with a finish of 56:27. They were followed by the Rough Riders (1:09:05) and Team 3-2 GSAB (1:10:14).
Robert Crosswhite (22.38), Derek Owen (26.49) amd Enrique Oti (27.39) were the top three youth finishers in the Boy's Division, while Isabella Mundy (26.08), Stephanie Owen (28.29) and Riley Blackwell (31.15) were the top Girl's Division finishers.