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Story last updated at 4:21 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sea to Ski triathlon: Mumm takes 1st



By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

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Photo by Shawn Biessel, Homer News

Lucas Thein (No. 50), Adam Muggli (No. 38) and Michael Mumm (No. 34) lead the pack of runners in Sunday's Sea to Ski Triathlon. A field of 40 athletes participated in the event. Mumm took first place for the second year in a row with a time of 1:01:52. In the women's category, Elizabeth Roedl took first with a time of 1:22:49.

Spring could not have come any sooner to melt Homer's icy roads and sidewalks for the participants in the annual Sea to Ski triathlon sponsored by the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club.

The Sea to Ski first race was held on April Fool's Day in 1997. Fifteen years later tri-athletes return for the 5-7-5 (5K run-7K bike-5K skate). This year 40 racers met at Mariner Park on Sunday to continue the tradition.

Michael Mumm took first place in the men's category for the second year in a row. Mumm's time was 3 minutes, 32 seconds shy of beating the Sea to Ski all-time record for the young adult men's category (18-29 years old) set by Richy Hankins in 2002 with a time of 57 minutes, 20 seconds.

Elizabeth Roedl assumed the top position in the women's category, a step up from last year. Roedl competed in the 2011 triathlon and finished in second place. Her 2012 time was 12 minutes, 14 seconds short of the all-time record of one hour, 10 minutes, and 35 seconds by Emily Chenel in 2006.

Cory Route, Anthony Murry, and Eric Route received first place in the team category. The all-time record for a mixed gender team was set in 2006 by Levi Sutton, Jens Klaar, and Erika Klaar with a time of one hour, two minutes, and 59 seconds.

Those who missed the event this year can rest assured that they can catch it next year; same time, same place.

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