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Madras Aquatic Center and Recreation District hosts 12th annual MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon Sept. 14.

STEELE HAUGEN - Brigette Bird, left and Nancy Richards, right, sprint to the finish line during the 12th Annual MAC Dash  Sprint Triathlon Saturday, Sept. 14.
The 12th Annual MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon had another great year. After a short move to August, the popular race moved back to September this year, Sept. 1. Participants were able to enjoy great weather during the race.

This year, the event saw 43 racers, not including kids from the Middle and Mini-Dash. The course running and biking events had new routes this year, adding longer lengths for both.

The overall winner for the triathlon was Grant Hayball, 40, of Sandy, who finished the race with a time of 1 hour, 2.30 minutes. His time set a new course record for the MAC Dash Sprint Triathlon.

"This is a race toward the end of the season," said Hayball, who was the first general manager of the MAC, when the pool opened in 2008. "I did a Strong Man race over in Sunriver and trained for that as well as a couple others. It is always a fun race towards the end of the season. It is always well done, fun and the weather is great. It is fun to come back and to do it, supporting the cause."

STEELE HAUGEN - Joe Jeffs swims strong during the lap swimming part of the event. "A lot of training happens because I have to swim, bike and run six days a week," he said. "I swim two to three days, ride five and run four to five, so it is a huge commitment. I love that I get to bring my three kids and show them what a healthy, active lifestyle is as a dad and father. It is a great race and was fun to be a part of again."

The overall female winner was Jennifer Beamer, 42, of Corvallis, with a time of 1:19.37.

"I did the race last year, too," Beamer said. "This race is fun, I really like the event overall and we like to do most of the MAC events. I have done triathlons for a long time, but now I mostly do CrossFit. I like the new course; it was fast to me, but they said it was longer than last year. Biking is my strongest, but my run has gotten faster. I did not expect to win; I just show up with my father-in-law, Bud, and just participate. We will come back every year."

The Jefferson County male champion was Jon Powell, 47, finishing with a time of 1:24.24 and the Jefferson County female champion was Fanny Hollingshead, 39, who finished the race with a time of 1:26.02.

The MAC Dash consists of of a 500-yard swim, 12-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run. Participants can register as a team or an individual competitor.

STEELE HAUGEN - Mykle Whiting rides her bike up City View Drive.
The relay team winner was Sonic Dismembrator, with a time of 1:10.12. The team consisted of Annie Dukes and Devin Mast.

Kids ages 14 and under participated in the Middle Dash or Mini Dash. The Middle and Mini Dash races were made to encourage kids to get excited about the MAC Dash and other triathlon events.

The Middle Dash was for kids ages 11-14, and is very similar to the MAC Dash, but with shorter distances. Participants in the Middle Dash will compete in a 100-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and a 1-mile run.

Local runner Cole Rahi won the Middle Dash with a time of 19:27. Behind him was Deke Scott with a time of 21:45.

The Mini Dash will began after the Middle Dash and were for ages 10 and under. The Mini Dash had a choice of two different courses. A longer course and a short course for all ages.

"Today's race was fun," Mini Dash participant Ellie Adams said. "My favorite thing was the biking. The hardest part was the running because I was sprinting the whole time and I got tired."

Funds from the Madras Aquatic Center race help fund in-water program like the Madras Swim Team and water polo program.


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