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Vineman Triathlon: Whitney McCain sets women's course record

  • Max Biessmann crosses the finish line in first place of the overall Vineman Triathlon in Windsor on Saturday, July 26, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

The 25th annual Vineman Triathlon produced a new course record for the women’s side and a dramatic finish on the men’s side as it came to a close Saturday afternoon at Windsor High School.

Whitney McCain finished in first place and set a new course record with a time of 10:06.38. McCain, 34, from Boulder was told on her first lap of the 26-mile run, that she was on record pace, but she said she didn’t want to know.

“There’s still 16 miles to go and I don’t know if I can hold onto that,” McCain said.

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She was able to hold onto the pace and earn a share in the bonus time prize money, though that wasn’t the most important aspect of Saturday’s race, she said.

“If you lose the record, you lose the record,” she said. “If you still come in first, you still get the race.

“That’s more important to me.”

Sarah Jarvis from Flagstaff finished in second place for the women’s professionals and shared the prize money with McCain.

“You ran so great,” Jarvis said to McCain as they embraced at the finish line. “I knew you were going to get me on the run but still, you never know what’s going to happen”

The two competitors congratulated each other as they realized they split the bonus prize money between them. No other competitor finished in the bonus time allotment to earn the prize money.

Just before the third lap, McCain said she passed a runner who looked tired and it gave her some mental fuel to push past.


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