~Note from Susan Wallis:
Thanks so much for participating in the 6th HammerHead Ocean Marathon! Congrats to all finishers, and to our overall winners!
Melissa Steele won the 2.5 mile swim for the 5th time. Blake Ehlers won the 2.5 mile for the second time in a row. John White (3rd overall) and Sheryl Watkins (masters winner in 2006 and 2009) were the overall masters winners.
For the 1.25 mile race, Wil Friedman defended his title as did Kristen Ghandor. The masters winners were Tim Adams and Sarah Pamula.
The results are finally up, on the 1st Place Sports website. Here is the link. http://1stplacesports.com/swim11res.html
HOWEVER, they did not pull out the overall winners and masters winners from the age groups, so you would have to manually do that when you look at the results (I have emailed them to ask that they fix it, but I know some of you wanted to see the results now!).
You can also check out jacksonville.com for photos (for a price, you can order some of you!) http://photos.jacksonville.com/mycapture/category.asp?eventID=1302206&Catego ryID=10410
I have lots of tshirts left over, and will sell them for $5 each! Not many of the smaller sizes, but lots of larges and xlarges in both white and yellow. Let me know if you want to buy some!
Next year's race will be on Saturday, AUGUST 11, 2012. Save the date!
If you would like to send any comments on how we can make things better for you (other than painting a black line on the ocean floor or something like that), please do! We did have one extra bus this year to relieve some of the overflow on the transportation. I also paid extra to have the bathrooms open at 6am (they better have had lots of toilet paper, been really clean, and had mints on the counters!), so I hope that helped. We also had a few extra buoys out along the course. And we measured the 2.5 mile course better, so that it was not long like last year!
The HammerHeads will still hold the open water swims on Sundays at the Jax Beach Lifeguard Station at 9am, for those who are preparing for a fall triathlon, or for those who just want more time in the water. (However, on August 28, we will be in Camp Blanding for our HammerHead Olympic Triathlon, so no swim that Sunday!!)
Thanks again for participating and we hope to see you again next year!
Susan Wallis, President, HammerHead Tri Club
Race Director, HammerHead Ocean Marathon