Doing a triathlon on New Years Day is like making a statement that this year is going to be healthy and active. To assist with this statement, the triathletes of the Columbia Cycling Club have been con
ducting an informal triathlon on, or around, New Years Day since 2005. The first two years had 20-30 people. Since that time there have been as few as one participant. Cold and rain have big influences on this. Last year on New Years Day we only participated in a run due to the grand opening of the Wellness and Aquatics Complex, and the pool was not open. It was about 35 degrees this year, and we had ten participants. It was the first ever triathlon for Egan Spoltore, Micaela Freeman and Sandy Tate. Tommy Nettleton returned to Columbia where he has participated in this triathlon at various times over the years.
Jamie Barnett finished the 3.1 mile run first with a 50 second lead, making Tommy Nettleton have to chase him down on the bike. David Price was running third and just happy to be over his injuries enough to compete. Jamie lost his second place spot when he went into the locker room for a lengthy time to change into swim clothes. A big thanks to Campbell Ridley who sagged and who put out cones with arrow signs at all the turns. Duane Leach had an injury, so he did the timing and picture taking. In the results below, the bike time includes both transition times.
Other prior years: