Hundreds Compete in Fitness Events

OCEAN CITY- Hundreds of athletes from all over the region competed last weekend in a series of fitness events in and around the resort area culminating with the 4th Annual Assateague Assault Triathlon last Sunday.

Sponsored by OC Tri-Running, the three events got started last Saturday morning with the Ocean City Boardwalk 5-Mile Run. The race began at the Boardwalk Arch at North Division Street and the course went up to a turnaround point in mid-town Ocean City before returning to the Boardwalk. For the record, the top three finishers in the Boardwalk race were Thomas Yinger, David Schroeder and Brandon McPherson. A total of 96 runners competed in the race.

Later on Saturday, 51 competitors turned out for the Assateague Island One-Mile Sunset Swim. The event started at around 6:30 p.m. last Saturday and included a one-mile open ocean swim off the coast of Assateague State Park. Fifty-one competitors completed the ocean swim. Daniel Clemson of Salisbury finished first, followed by Christopher Stevens of Annapolis and David Spier of Salisbury.

Finally, the weekend’s fitness events culminated with the 4th Annual Assateague Assault Triathlon last Sunday. The sprint distance triathlon includes a half-mile ocean swim, followed by a 13.7-mile bike ride across the Verazzano Bridge and north on Route 611 to a designated turnaround point before returning to Assateague. The final leg is a 3.1-mile run over a flat island course to the finish line.

Steven O’Boyle of Frankford, Del. was the first to cross the finish line, completing the triathlon in 1:05:33. Daniel Clemson of Salisbury was second, finishing in 1:07:03, while Brendan Wills of Odenton was third at 1:11:06. Mikaeala Boley of Easton was the top female finisher in the triathlon.

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