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Rain, mud add to Deception Pass Challenge

Splattered after a muddy bike ride, Mike Johnson takes off on the running portion of the Deception Pass Challenge triathlon. Johnston finished sixth, best among Oak Harbor runners. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Splattered after a muddy bike ride, Mike Johnson takes off on the running portion of the Deception Pass Challenge triathlon. Johnston finished sixth, best among Oak Harbor runners.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

The water of Cranberry Lake wasn't the only element that soaked winner Jacob Hartsoch of Bellingham in the first Deception Pass Challenge triathlon Saturday, June 16.

A constant drizzle and muddy bike and running trails splattered the 56 individuals and 12 three-person teams that participated.

Hartsoch completed the 800-yard swim in Cranberry Lake, 13-mile ride through Hoypus Forest and four-mile run up to Goose Rock and back along North Beach in 1:46:54.

Hartsoch was followed by two Anacortes runners, Lance Munselle (1:48.36) and Scott Chuda (1:48.40).

Mike Johnston of Oak Harbor was the top local finisher, placing sixth (2:00:20).

Megan McPhee of Anacortes was the first of 14 female runners and 19th overall (2:23.06). Coupeville's Amanda d'Aleida was second (2:30.07) among the women and 26th overall.

The Deception Pass Park Foundation, which provides support for the North Whidbey playground, sponsored the event and raised $2,000 and awareness for the park.

Estelle Johnson, Foundation fundraising co-chair, said, "There were lots of incredibly positive comments about the race, especially being that it was our the first year. All participants we spoke with following the race said they would be back next year. Bikers came in covered with mud and gave us comments like 'loved the big mud puddle!'"

She added, "Many participants discovered areas in the park that they had not previously seen and are now converts to our beautiful park. We are asking for comments and suggestions to help us prepare for next year's Challenge."

Over 70 volunteers helped put on the event.

Top 10 men: 1, Jacob Hartsoch, Bellingham, 1:46.54; 2, Lance Munselle, Anacortes, 1:48.36; 3, Scott Chuda, Anacortes, 1:48:40; 4, Michael Feist, Anacortes, 1:52.07; 5, Frank Jacques, Langley, 1:53.29; 6, Mike Johnston, Oak Harbor, 2:00:20; 7, Jeff Barlow, Lake Stevens, 2:00:42; 8, Dan Froula, Bellingham, 2:01:02; 9, Adam Osborn, Coupeville, 2:05:20; 10, Brian Dressler, Lake Forest Park, 2:11.42.

Top five women: 19, Magan McPhee, Anacortes, 2:23.06; 26, Amanda d'Almeida, Anacortes, 2:30.07; 32, Jennifer McFarland, La Conner, 2:35:36; 34, Emily Zuber, Seattle, 2:36:20; 39, Rachel Carey, Bellingham, 2:44:11.

Top six Oak Harbor/Coupeville finishers: 6, Mike Johnston, Oak Harbor, 2:00:20; 9, Adam Osborn, Coupeville, 2:05.20; 20, Adam Madson, Oak Harbor, 2:24; 26, Amanda d'Almeida, Coupeville, 2:30:07; 27, Nathan Lamb, Coupeville, 2:30:07; 28, John Clark, Oak Harbor, 2:32:12.

Top three teams: 12, Stevens Bros, Anacortes, 2:13:43; 14, Triple T, Lake Stevens, 2:15:58; 16, No Clue, 2:17:05.

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