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The Tri The Wildwoods Triathlon was held Saturday, Aug. 26, in North Wildwood.

The Tri The Wildwoods Triathlon was held Saturday, Aug. 26, in North Wildwood.

NORTH WILDWOOD – Approximately 1,500 athletes tested their resilience in the 14th annual  Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, 5K and Kids’ Race presented by Inspira Health Network on Saturday.

Voted the No. 1 Small and Beginner Triathlon in the United States and voted Best Kids’ Race in the Mid-Atlantic, the event began 6:30 a.m. with the swim portion of the event at the 15th Avenue beach.

The Sprint Triathlon consisted of a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike, and 3.1-mile (5K) run.  The Olympic Triathlon included a .6-mile swim, 18.5-mile bike and five-mile run.  The Kids’ Splash & Dash consisted of a “little kids” 100-meter splash and 500-meter run and a “big kids” 200-meter swim and 1500-meter run.

Glenn Cook, of Greensboro, N.C., was the winner of the Olympic Distance triathlon race in 1 hour, 27 minutes, 11 seconds. David Linder, of West Chester, Pa., took second in 1:27:30 and Greg Kaplan, of Philadelphia, placed third in 1:28:39.

Shannon Kaplan, of Philadelphia, was the female winner of the Olympic race in 1:32:45. She was followed by Rebecca Hayes, of Lancaster, Pa., in 1:36:44 and Emily Shertzer, of Jonestown, Pa., in 1:40:20.

In the sprint distance triathlon, Mike Gadzinski, of Sewell, took top honors in 58:00. He was followed by Rich Bostick, of Williamstown, in 1:00:50 and Jason Kitchen, of Glen Mills, Pa.

Ocean City resident Susan Reich was the top female finisher in the sprint triathlon, finishing in 1:06:09. Susanne Vanzjil, of Elkton, Md., was second in 1:07:02 and Kelly Broadbent, of Maple Glen, Pa., placed third in 1:08:49.

In addition to the 1,500 athletes, hundreds of volunteers turned out for the event, which was hosted by delmosports, a local race company.

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