MARCO ISLAND — Friendly skies, light breeze, perfect conditions for the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
Diego Corredor, 33, of Cape Coral, won again, and newcomer Katie Vann, 22, of Fort Myers, were the overall winners.
More than 375 athletes competed in the quarter-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. They started and finished on the beach at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.
Corredor has won all three times the event has been contested on Marco Island. But this time he said he had to have a smart plan as the competitors were tougher. “When I came out of the water there was one guy ahead of me (Chad Kalocinski, 33, of Valrico),” he said.
“When I got passed on the bike by another (Bill Quinsey of Naples), I thought to myself, ‘It is what it is.’“ He stayed in control, sticking to his plan, thinking he could make up time when the transition from bike to running the beach came. It worked.
Quinsey, 43, said, “I tried to build a lead, knowing he would get me on the beach because I haven’t been doing that much. I went against him (Corredor) in a triathlon earlier this year and he crushed me on the run. I will be working on my running for next year.”
Corredor’s winning time was 1:07:31. Quinsey’s time was 1:08:08 and third place finisher Kalocinski’s time was 1:08:50.
Rounding out the top five overall males were Torrin Brauch, 42, of Fort Myers, in 1:09:35, and Leigh Livesay Jr., 43, of Coconut Creek, with a time of 1: 09:40.
Vann, 22, a graduate of Michigan State where she was on the swim team, showed she was in good shape. Her winning time was 1:13:41, with second place finisher Dee Morphy of Estero nearly five minutes behind in 1:18:33.
Moving to Fort Myers recently, Vann appreciates the beauty of Florida, compared to Michigan.
“Beautiful palm trees, running on the beach, that’s Florida,” she said. “The heat and humidity did get to me as the race went on.”
Completing the top five women were Kelly Clark, 40, of Naples, in 1:19:37; Michelle Bracci, 38, of Naples, 1:20:38; and Allison Bradford, of Naples, 1:22:00.
Winning the Male Masters (40-49) was Matthew Reedy, 40, in a time of 1:09:56. Michelle Mason, 41, of Miramar, took the Female Masters in 1:25:10.
Clydesdale (40-84) winners were Anthony Deros, 53, of Fort Myers, in 1:17:58, and Christine Palmer, 32, of Winter Haven, in 2:15:18.
In team events, where two to three athletes contribute, winners were: Triple Threat of Fort Myers (Gerry McCue, Shawn Stanley and David Pagel), and the Leapfroggers Tri Harder of Naples (Annmarie Morriseau, Michelle Borders and Laura Swanson); Friends of Lesie of Naples (David Gray and Tish Kelly); and J.O. Always Clean of Naples (Santiago and Jorge Ospina) in the corporate division.
Female winners by division included: 16-19, Jenny Vasquez, Naples; 20-24, Isabella Pinto, Fort Myers; 2529, Alexandra Gardino, Naples; 30-34, Amparo Zabala, Cape Coral; 35-39, Angela Blanch, Naples; 4044, Vanessa Smith, Naples; 45-49, Julie Barnett, Boca Raton; 50-54, Laurie Lowe, Naples; 55-59, Jan Yerkes-Roop, Warminster, Pa.; 60-64, Mary Connor, Naples; 65-69, Nancy Marino, Naples; 70-74, Kathleen Bauer, Fort Myers.
Men’s division winners: 16-19, Nicholas Thompson, Bonita Springs; 20-24, Joshua Gutierrez; 25-29, Matthew Hamer; 30-34, Brian Bickett, Naples; 3539, Vladmir Casanova, Miami; 40-44, Tab Fabian, Marco Island; 45-49, Parrish Clark, Naples; 50-54, Paul Strong, Marco Island; 55-59, Martin Dorgeloh, Bonita Springs; 60-64, Steve Whitney, Naples; 6569, Thomas Balzer, Estero; 70-74, Richard Schmidt, Fort Myers; 75-79, Craig Carlson, Marco Island.