Emery County Search and Rescue Hosts Annual San Rafael Classic Triathlon *Photo Gallery*


Huntington State Park was a bustle of activity on Saturday as the Emery County Search and Rescue hosted the annual San Rafael Classic Triathlon.

The triathlon is the main fundraiser for Emery County Search and Rescue. Wade Allinson serves as chairman of the race, which attracts competitors from not only the state of Utah, but from surrounding states as well.

Triathlon competitors were invited to take part in the classic components of the race, including swimming, cycling and running. Brian Summers took the top honors in the olympic triathlon, finishing with a time of 2:36:20. Clark Bayles crossed the finish line second with a time of 2:58:04 followed by Kevin Uncapher with a time of 3:20:59.

In the sprint triathlon, Sean Phelps finished first with a time of 1:20:30 followed by Jake Rushton at 1:21:18. Brent Gaither rounded out the top three with a time of 1:22:42.

The day also featured an olympic relay with the top three teams being Team Catalyst, Team White and Team Buck. Top finishers for the sprint relay were Team Elements, Team Dynamic Duo and Team Traverse.

For those wishing to skip swimming, a duathlon featured a cycling and running competition. In the olympic category, the top finishers were Craig Schmitke (3:04:01), Marni Schmitke (3:05:58) and Marc Wheeler (3:12:10). In the sprint category, Jared Anderson took first with a time of (1:16:35), Natalie Hyde took second with 1:20:09 and Angela Jewkes took third with a time of 1:24:47.

A triathlon for kids was also hosted on Saturday. The top competitor was Cameron White (0:14:11) followed by Jordan Rushton (0:16:19) and Bryson Goates (0:16:57). In the kids’ duathlon, Milo Smith finished in first with a time of 0:15:36 followed by Cole Christenson with a time of 0:16:29. Leo Smith took third with 0:20:51.

“Great job everyone,” event organizers shared following the event. “It was a fun day.”

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