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Karen Tamson, 49, of Naples, shows her award for being the top woman overall in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Her winning time was 1:15:55.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Karen Tamson, 49, of Naples, shows her award for being the top woman overall in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Her winning time was 1:15:55.

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Craig Carlson and Bob Mulhere of Marco Island and Mark Russell of Naples wait their turn in the swimming competition at the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Diego Corredor of Cape Coral makes it two straight wins in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. He won in a time of 1:07:40. There were 440 competitors who took part.
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Karen Tamson, 49, of Naples, shows her award for being the top woman overall in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Her winning time was 1:15:55.
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The first wave of 440 swimmers race into the water for the swimming competition in the Marco Island Triathlon behind the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort on Sunday
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One swimmer begins to take off her swim cap and goggles, getting ready for the bike racing competition as she leaves swimming competitors behind in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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These competitors in the Marco Island Triathlon appear to be running on water. Actually, they were running on a sand bar as they came out of the water competition. Some 440 competed in the island's second triathlon.
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Jeanette O'Donell and Jennifer Bristow, fitness coordinator at the Marco YMCA, came in second in the Female Team event at the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Although having a stress fracture, Bristow, swam and road a bike, while O'Donnell did the running.
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Alison Bradford of Naples gets some support from Brian Bickett of Naples after finishing the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. She was fourth overall for women in the competition and Bickett was fifth in the men's.
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Michael Madison of Marco grabs some drinks after competing the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Melissa Herrman of Marco Island proudly shows her award for placing third in the women's 55 to 59 category in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Erik Mogelvang of Naples checks his watch as he finishes the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Leslie Hussey, Naples and Patty Poling and Julie Gillenwaters of Marco Island share a laugh as they wait for the swimming event in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Polling came in second in her age group, 40 to 44.
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Zaida Morales, left and Olga Malkin cheered on Zaida's son Luis of Miami in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. It was his first triathlon, coming in 28th in the men's 40-44 category.
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Elvia Stepan, left and Jane Heffelfinger, both of Naples, wait for the swimming competition in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Competitors, 39 and under, wait for their start in the swimming portion of the Maco Island Triathlon on Sunday, The various age groups wore different swim caps.
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It didn't matter to these two competitors that they were not going to finish high in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday as they blazed to the finish line.
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Melissa Herrman of Marco Island proudly shows her award for placing third in the women's 55 to 59 category in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Some of the Marco Island participants in the Marco Island Triathlon included, from left, Kim Escarra, Bob Mulhere, Paul Tateo, Shelli Connelly and Roe Tamagni. It also was Escarra's birthday.
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Bikers make the transition from swimming in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.
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Alison Bradford of Naples gets some support from Brian Bickett of Naples after finishing the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. She was fourth overall for women in the competition and Bickett was fifth in the men's.
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Santiago Ospina of Marco Island checks for his finish result in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. A Lely cross country and track runner, Ospina was second in his 16 to 19 age group.
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Hector Picard, a double amputee, competed in the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday. Picard, 46, from Fort Lauderdale, competes in various race events to inspire others with handicaps. He finished 18th in his 45 to 49 age category and 153rd overall of 440 competitors. He lost his limbs in an electrical work accident.
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Winners of the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday were Diego Corredor of Cape Coral and Karen Tamson of Naples. In the two years' of the event, Corredor has won both.
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Carter Wheeler of Naples takes the corner in the biking portion of the Marco Island Triathlon on Sunday.

Diego Corredor and Karen Tamson win the Marco Island Triathlon.

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