PORT ANGELES – After a two-year layoff, the Hammer Down squad returned this weekend to win the two-person tag team after returning from the Big Hurt.
A total of 42 two- and four-person teams and 40 people competed in the 53-mile-long four-stage endurance event in and around Port Angeles, hosted by Peninsula Adventure Sports. The Big Hurt consisted of a 14 mile mountain bike race starting in the hills above Port Angeles, a 3 mile kayak race through Port Angeles harbor, a 30 mile road cycling race to ‘to Freshwater Bay and back to town and a 10K run east of town and back.
How difficult is this race? About 20 percent of the competitors could not finish. Thirty-five teams and 32 individuals endured the course to the end.
âHaving never done anything like this, it was one of the best experiences of my life. It was so well managed, so well organized. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made every transition a breeze, âsaid Neilia Kinney of Lakewood, who was fifth in the women’s.
Hammer Down, who won the two-man team race in 2019 and 2018, came back to make it a winning trifecta with a winning time of 3 hours, 47 minutes, 25 seconds, almost 40 minutes ahead of second place .
Incredibly, anyone’s fastest time, individual or team, was a solo competitor. The winner of the ironman was Michael Finley, who completed all four stages in 3: 43.34. Second place was a very solid effort from Eric Holmlund, who also finished in under four hours with a time of 3: 50.24. Holmlund was the 2018 and 2017 Ironman winner.
The race started close as Finley set the fastest time in mountain biking (56:09), arriving at City Pier just 27 seconds ahead of Holmlund, who was seven minutes ahead of third place.
Finley set the best times in the kayak (41:06) and the road bike (1: 21.41). Holmlund had the fastest time in the 10k race (42:17), but Finley had too big a lead, finishing the race with a solid second fastest time of 44:38 to push Holmlund back.
The ironwoman winner was Jess Henderson, who finished in 5: 31.18. Henderson specializes in cycling and cycling events. She posted the fastest times in mountain biking (1: 12.51) and road biking (2: 07.32), building up a lead of 17 and a half minutes in both events.
Juliette Kern, who finished third overall, set the best kayak time in 46:08. The best run was Katherine Peterson with a time of 1: 01.00.
In the team event of three to four people, the winner was Mixed Businesses in 3:51:20. The mixed companies gained nearly nine minutes with solid times in all four events, although this team won only the mountain bike stage (53:03). Winning the kayak was At least we have Alyson in a time of 33:40.
The second-place team, The Pandammits, set the fastest time on the road (1: 26.49). Wendel Jeans won the 10K stage with a time of 39:22.
The top high school team was the NJROTC Pollywogs with a time of 4:44:39 and the top Ironman Masters contender (over 50) was Todd Cowles with a time of 4: 30.25. The best Ironwoman was Jeannine Mackie, who finished with a time of 5:23:12.
The best masters team was Old Fart Racing with a time of 4: 22.57. This team also won in 2019.
The Big Hurt is the fifth of six outdoor events hosted by Peninsula Adventure Sports. Next up is the PNW Extreme Cyclocross event at Extreme Sports Park on November 27-28. Cyclocross is a sport in which cyclists navigate an obstacle course, sometimes having to pick up their bike and carry it.
The great evil
Saturday September 25
First 10 results
Tandem Team – Hammer Down, first, 3: 47.25; Camel T2B, second, 4: 26.52; Team Berry, third, 4: 37.22; Douglut, fourth, 4: 38.31; The iron frogs, fifth, 5: 28.18; The monkey’s uncle, sixth, 5: 56.00; SWx2, seventh, 5: 57.50; Loca Grit, eighth, 5: 58.41; Rhythm of celebration, ninth, 6: 34.24.
High School Team – NJROTC Pollywogs, first, 4: 44.39; NJROTC Shellbacks, second, 4: 49.00.
Open Team – Mixed Enterprises, First, 3: 51.20; The Pandammits, second, 3: 59.56; Wendel Jeans, third, 4: 05.21; At least we have Alyson, fourth, 4: 11.36; Full Tilt Boogie, fifth, 4:15.40; The Bald and the Beautiful, sixth, 4: 17.01; Flank Speed, seventh, 4: 20.36; Subalpine Tees Racing Team, eighth, 4: 31.20; Toxic masculinity, ninth, 4: 52.23; Aging Tonys Plus One, 10th, 4: 52.23.
Team Masters – Old Fart Racing, first, 4: 22.57; 265, second, 4:39.25; How Time Slides Slugs, third, 4: 57.31; CG2021, fourth, 6: 13.44.
Open Ironman – Michael Finley, first, 3: 43.34; Eric Holmlund, second, 3: 50.24; Bryan Nelson, third, 4:08:13; Kevin Fischer, fourth: 4:22.52; Chris Morgan, fifth, 4:32.11; Tom Nelson, sixth, 4: 32.14; Matthew Kiddle, seventh, 4: 44.29; Ryan Akiyama, eighth, 4: 47.56; Rob Briggs, ninth, 4: 52.11; Lionel Hochart, 10th, 4: 57.40.
Open Ironwoman – Jess Henderson, first, 5: 31.18; Molly Booth, second, 5: 43.40; Juliette Kern, third, 5: 53.42; Allison Cameron, fourth, 6:21.57; Neilia Kinney, fifth, 6:21.57; Holly Shepherd, sixth, 6:22.48; Katherine Peterson, seventh, 6: 49.34.
Masters Ironman – Todd Cowles, first, 4: 30.25; Robin Sarner, second, 4:40.57; Derek Myers, third, 4: 49.52; James Girton, fourth, 5: 09.18; Tom Wahl, sixth, 6: 09.52.
Masters Ironwoman – Jeannine Mackie, premiere, 5: 23.12.