SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Becharas won the women’s sprint and Jason Huber placed 10th in the half iron distance for Grim Reaper Fitness Saturday at Tri Harder Promotions’ events.
The day consisted of the Stoneman Sprint (600-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 3.1-mile run), the Iron Abe Olympic distance race, and the Route 66 Half.
Becharas posted a 1:05:33 to win the women’s division in Stoneman and place 8th overall. Her race was highlighted by a 20:30 run leg for a 6:37 pace.
Huber and the rest of the Route 66 competitors dealt with high heat and humidity as the sun came out in the late morning, after an overcast, rainy start to all three races. Huber hit his goal pace and finished at 4:51:02 to place 10th overall and 6th in the always tough 35-39 Age Group. He covered the swim in 35:03, while posting a 22.4 mph average on the bike and 7:53 run pace.
Lisa Kiley and Tony Kerr both finished 4th in their divisions, with Kiley posting a 6:25:22 in women’s 50-54 and Kerr a 7:39:21 in Clydesdale.
In the Stoneman, Tori Morger and Wendy Smith won their Age Groups. Morger took 15-19 at 1:15:23 to win by over 6 minutes, while Smith won the 40-44 in 1:23:07. Jess Miner took 2nd in 1:24:51 in women’s 35-39. Carey Weaver and Erik Rankin both finished 3rd. Weaver was 3rd in a very competitive 55-59 AG at 1:10:33 end posted the 3rd-best bike pace in the sprint at 23.6. Rankin was 3rd in 35-39 with a 1:13:36.
Jori Cooper and Natalie McKee took the top two Athena places. Cooper finished 1st at 1:26:12, while McKee was close behind at 1:27:48.
Finally, Jason Sturdyvin and Riley Cate teamed up as Ripped Reaper to take 3rd in the relay at 1:25:19.
In the Iron Abe, Kevin Tuuk, competing in his first Olympic distance race, was 2nd in 40-44 at 2:35:25 and had the 5th-best run for men at 43:21.
Tim Auth was 3rd in 45-49 at 2:49:08, while Anthony Moore took 2nd in Clydesdale at 3:34:22.
Buck Manley did a weekend double for GRF, completing Saturday’s sprint in 1:32:32 and then turning around Sunday to post a 2:01:54 in the HolidayMan Mega Sprint (700-yard swim, 17.6-mile bike, 4-mile run) at Somonauk.