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Published: 7/28/2013 - Updated: 8 months ago


Sylvania women’s triathlon

Hundreds of pink-capped women of all ages lined up on the Centennial Quarry steps, springing into the open water in timed succession for the start of the annual women’s triathlon on Sunday, July 28, 2013. The annual Women’s Only Triathlon and Dri-Triathlon included an option to compete in a dry competition, starting with a mile run that replaces the 400 meter swim, biking 11 miles, and finishing with a 5K race. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE PHOTO, START SLIDESHOW.

Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania finishes the race. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania finishes the race.
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Event organizer Joyce Donaldson of Sylvania and Elite Endeavors. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Event organizer Joyce Donaldson of Sylvania and Elite Endeavors.
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Connie Ricker of Wauseon gets her bike after swimming. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Connie Ricker of Wauseon gets her bike after swimming. "Don't forget your inhaler, Con," a friend called out to her.
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Maggie Sadler of South Lyon, Mich., reads Kerouac's Enlarge | Buy This Photo Maggie Sadler of South Lyon, Mich., reads Kerouac's "On the Road" as she waits for the runners to finish. Sadler ...
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Janet Lutz of Napoleon runs with her bike to the bike starting point when she can mount the bike and begin the 12-mile event. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Janet Lutz of Napoleon runs with her bike to the bike starting point when she can mount the bike and ...
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Bikers get ready to ride 12 miles. The largest group of participants, says Joyce Donaldson, were 35-50 years old. Five were older than 60, including one woman who is 77. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Bikers get ready to ride 12 miles. The largest group of participants, says Joyce Donaldson, were 35-50 years old....
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Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes.
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Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes.
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Triathletes lined up to get into the water, right, applaud others who are coming out of the water on their way to the bikes. Each woman wore a timer, so the order of starting was not critical. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Triathletes lined up to get into the water, right, applaud others who are coming out of the water on their ...
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A bike with flair. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A bike with flair.
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Swimmers in the quarry for the 400-meter swim of the triathlon. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Swimmers in the quarry for the 400-meter swim of the triathlon.
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Participants enter the quarry for the first event, the 400-meter swim. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Participants enter the quarry for the first event, the 400-meter swim.
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Anna Martin, 8, and her mom, Karen Martin, both of Swanton, wait as family friend Catherine Summersof Lambertville, Mich., nears the finish line. It was Summers' first triathlon. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Anna Martin, 8, and her mom, Karen Martin, both of Swanton, wait as family friend Catherine Summersof Lambertville, Mich., nears ...
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Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania, left, is congratulated by Denise Holmes of Petersburg, Mich., second from left; mother-in-law Nancy Harshman of Toledo; and family friend Susan Alessi of Fairfax, Va. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania, left, is congratulated by Denise Holmes of Petersburg, Mich., second from left; mother-in-law ...
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Southview girls cross country coach Jodi Farschman, left, with team members and fellow event volunteers Lizzy Loret, who will be a senior, second from left; Leah Dickerson, who will be a sophomore; and Taylor Fitchpatrick, who will be a junior, right, at the finish line. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Southview girls cross country coach Jodi Farschman, left, with team members and fellow event volunteers Lizzy Loret, who will be ...
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Enlarge | Buy This Photo "Go Mom" says Brianna Koperski, 8, of Sylvania Township, left, with her cousin Morgan Foster, 10, of Swanton, and Craig ...
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Fans line up near the finish line. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Fans line up near the finish line.
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Geraldine Lupini, of Milford, Mich., is the first overall and the first of the Enlarge | Buy This Photo Geraldine Lupini, of Milford, Mich., is the first overall and the first of the "Dri'Tri" athletes to return from the ...
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Stephen Moran of Rochester Hills, Mich., checks the equipment before the first participants finish. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Stephen Moran of Rochester Hills, Mich., checks the equipment before the first participants finish.
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Participant Elizabeth Strbik of Holland, left and with hand on board, checks her time after completing the triathlon. It was her third time participating in the event. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Participant Elizabeth Strbik of Holland, left and with hand on board, checks her time after completing the triathlon. It was ...
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