Aluminum Man Tri highlights

Several HR athletes win their divisions

The Aluminum Man Triathlon in The Dalles took place Saturday morning and brought 200 competitors to the 24th annual event. Racers chose between two distance options: an Olympic triathlon (1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer bike, 10 kilometer run) and a sprint triathlon (750 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike, 5 kilometer run).

Below are Hood River valley-area athletes (according to home town listed in results) who competed in the event.

Olympic Triathlon:

(Overall winner: Bill Thompson, Portland, 2:08:25)

Patrick Hiller, 2:21:04, 4th overall, 2nd in division

Philip Evans, 2:24:37, 6th overall, 2nd in division

Rutger Engbersen, 2:24:42, 7th overall, 2nd in division

Jeffery Rippey, 2:30:00, 18th overall, 1st in division

Clint Bogard, 2:33:19, 20th overall, 6th in division

Trisha Kepple, 2:36:46, 26th overall, 1st in division

Mark Frost, 2:38:26, 29th overall, 1st in division

Jennifer Wardell, 2:39:55, 32nd overall, 1st in division

John Elliott, 2:41:03, 34th overall, 7th in division

Mark Ribkoff, 2:53:06, 50th overall, 4th in division

Paul Dixon, 2:53:56, 51st overall, 9th in division

Katlhleen Welland, 2:54:46, 52nd overall, 1st in division

Dana Reid, 3:02:43, 66th overall, 3rd in division

Sprint Triathlon:

(Overall winner: Nate Youngs, Boring, Ore., 1:05:00)

Nils Engbersen, 1:09:48, 4th overall, 1st in division

Matt Sherrell, 1:11:35, 7th overall, 2nd in division

David Walker, 1:15:08, 13th overall, 2nd in division

Dale Walker, 1:15:17, 14th overall, 3rd in division

Thomas Tangney, 1:16:53, 19th overall, 3rd in division

Trent Hightower, 1:21:17, 26th overall, 1st in division

Mike Colesar, 1:21:39, 28th overall, 2nd in division

Matt Rankin, 1:11:28, 29th overall, 4th in division

Ryan Colesar, 1:32:13, 58th overall, 2nd in division

Dawn Rankin, 1:34:08, 64th overall, 5th in division

Carola Stepper, 1:34:40, 65th overall, 4th in division

Sarah Thompson, 1:38:58, 78th overall, 2nd in division

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