Pellman and Maaranen Win the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah on June 25, 2016

Sage Maaranen won the women's Olympic open category at the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis
Sage Maaranen won the women’s Olympic open category at the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis

By Dave Iltis

On a gorgeous summer morning, 117 triathletes lined up to compete in the 10th Annual DinoTri on June 25, 2016 – one of the region’s most beautiful triathlons. The course featured an open water swim in the Red Fleet Reservoir of .9 miles for Sprint competitors and 1.8 for Olympic racers. This was followed by a 13 or 26 mile bike ride that starts with a tough but scenic climb out of the reservoir – if racers weren’t in too much oxygen debt, they could enjoy stunning scenery – followed by a fast downhill to the finish. The bike leg finished at the Uintah Basin Applied Technical College campus. The T2 transition led into the 3.1 or 6.2 mile run through the streets of Vernal, finishing back to the school to cheers, a finish line arch and a photographer to document the racers’ achievements. Finish line refreshments, donuts, and fruit were there for recovery.

Complete Photo Gallery of All Racers – See: http://www.gallery.cyclingutah.com/v/2016-bike-racing-photos/DinoTri+6-25-2016/

In the Olympic race, youngster Julian Pellmann finished first with a time of 2:20.20. The 17 year old from Sandy, Utah is on his way to nationals in August in Omaha, Nebraska. When asked about the DinoTri, he said, “The bike is awesome, I love the bike. Especially the first downhill and the climb from Red Fleet.” About the swim, “all the red rocks and cliffs, there just pretty!” Both Pellmann and his father, Todd Pellmann raced in the event, with the son finishing first and the father third. The two do triathlons together, “Up until a couple of years ago, I was able to beat him consistently, but now he’s just way ahead of me.” The senior Pellmann loved the race too, “It was pretty awesome, really nice bike ride. The climb out of there is tough, but a really nice climb out of the reservoir. Nice roads, it was just great!”

Julian described his race with second place Mark Ryan, “He was in front of me for the majority of the race. And I caught him at the turnaround. I think he had a mechanical problem, so I did get a little lucky. I don’t know how long he was at the side of the road. We played cat and mouse for the rest of the bike ride. I got in front of him and he passed me again. Then I caught him out of transition and led the whole run.”

In the women’s Olympic, Sage Maaranen took the win in 2:40.41. She was happy to return to Vernal, “which was extra special, my very first triathlon ever was in 2013. I did the sprint here and totally fell in love – changed my life. I’m now a coach. And love this and was super excited to have a homecoming and try the Olympic distance and to do so well.” She led the whole race, but felt dizzy in the last mile from lack of electrolytes and lack of training in the heat, “all of my races thus far have been rainy and overcast, a triathlete’s dream. It was humbling about the nutrition and the electrolyte needs.” When asked about the race as a whole, she said, “I think it’s a really well run race. A lot of people in Salt Lake don’t know about this race. I’m a big fan. It’s really well run, an amazing course. Yeah, nothing negative to say about it.”

Julian Pellmann celebrates his win in the Men's Olympic open category at the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis
Julian Pellmann celebrates his win in the Men’s Olympic open category at the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis

Christopher White, Sandy, Utah, won the Sprint Men’s 35-39. The mountain biker turned triathlete had a little faster race than last year. “I loved it, it was a fun race. I did it last year and came back this year. It was a great course, a fun course. The first two miles are kind of hard, up that steep hill, but the rest of the course is really fun. I was pretty much in my easiest gear going up that hill.” He’s planning on coming back next year.

Susan Darlington from Vernal took second in the Athena Sprint category. She too lauded the event, “I loved it, it was a beautiful course, I had fun the whole way down.”

In the men’s Sprint open category, David Warden finished with a time of 1:07:59 and bested Curt Jensen and Jason Holt.

Swimmers on course at Red Fleet Reservoir in the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis
Swimmers on course at Red Fleet Reservoir in the 2016 DinoTri in Vernal, Utah. Photo by Dave Iltis

Tiffany Harrison, Salt Lake City, rode the race with the Salt Lake Tri Club and won the Sprint women’s open division with a time of 1:25:37. She topped Erica Ryan and Beth Pederson. Harrison described here race, “I had a fairly slow swim which is pretty average for me, hopped on the bike and knew I had to make up some time on my bike. Knew that there were a couple girls ahead of me after I transitioned to the run and passed the girls that I needed to on the run to come in first.” She too loved the race, “I think it’s awesome. It’s a beautiful course a lot of fun, and they are really well organized. The climb right out of the chute on your bike makes it a little challenging, but other than that it’s a really enjoyable course.” When asked if she would come back, “Oh yeah!”

 

Results:

DinoTri, Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon, June 25, 2016, Vernal, UT

Division Place Overall Place Name Time

Olympic Athena

1 42 Julia MAJKRZAK 3:45:37

2 46 Cherrie THOMPSON 4:15:30

Olympic Clydesdale

1 45 Daniel MCKEE 3:56:44

Olympic F 20-24

1 19 Alex BOURNE 3:00:12

Olympic F 25-29

1 36 Meghan GRIFFITHS 3:30:44

Olympic F 30-34

1 24 Lauren MASSEY 3:03:46

2 35 Katherine PIOLI 3:29:35

Olympic F 35-39

1 28 Tari HARDING 3:13:52

2 30 Annette HEYL 3:19:46

Olympic F 40-44

1 21 Holly BUSCHHORN 3:02:11

2 26 Michele MANSFIELD 3:12:16

3 40 Tammy REYNOLDS 3:34:25

4 47 Jeanette SAYERS 4:26:47

Olympic F 45-49

1 37 Kim REAMER 3:32:10

Olympic F 60-64

1 31 Joan DEAN 3:23:04

2 32 Molly ANSFIELD 3:23:25

3 39 Jeannine HALE 3:34:10

Olympic M 20-24

1 25 Mack HUNTSMAN 3:05:41

Olympic M 25-29

1 22 Benjamin HENDERSON 3:03:19

2 34 Jackson WILDE 3:28:54

3 38 Justin GRIFFITHS 3:33:47

Olympic M 30-34

1 43 Sidney SMITH 3:46:07

2 44 Corey PETERSON 3:48:10

Olympic M 35-39

1 5 Daniel TROTT 2:31:24

2 8 Jared RISER 2:35:03

3 9 Greg LOW 2:36:52

4 10 Ethan FISHER 2:37:10

5 20 Jared BIGLER 3:01:52

6 23 Alec RIMMASCH 3:03:20

Olympic M 40-44

1 4 Seth NEUENSCHWANDER 2:31:22

2 6 Shane PHILBRICK 2:32:44

3 11 Erik BAYLES 2:38:37

4 15 Wyatt MANSFIELD 2:47:06

5 18 Keith BEARD 2:56:56

Olympic M 45-49

1 7 John TURNER 2:32:51

2 33 Norman HOUSER 3:26:12

3 41 Kelly WINN 3:37:48

Olympic M 50-54

1 13 Ray JENSEN 2:43:25

Olympic M 55-59

1 16 Kent WALTER 2:47:43

2 27 Richard WRETBERG 3:13:08

Olympic M 60-64

1 29 Charles CHOLET 3:16:15

Olympic Relay 2

1 2 Lynise INJURY PRONE 2:54:16

Olympic Relay 3

1 1 TWO AND A HALF MAN 2:42:58

2 3 TRIPLE THREAT 3:06:37

Overall Olympic Female

1 12 Sara Jane MAARANEN 2:40:41

2 14 Mari RISER 2:44:28

3 17 Casey ADAMS 2:48:40

Overall Olympic Male

1 1 Julian PELLMANN 2:20:20

2 2 Mark RYAN 2:21:57

3 3 Todd PELLMANN 2:27:15

Overall Sprint Female

1 12 Tiffany HARRISON 1:25:37

2 15 Erica RYAN 1:27:04

3 16 Beth PEDERSEN 1:28:03

Overall Sprint Male

1 1 David WARDEN 1:07:59

2 2 Curt JENSEN 1:10:32

3 3 Jason HOLT 1:11:28

Sprint Athena

1 47 Galima BRADBURY 1:54:56

2 52 Susan DARLINGTON 1:58:55

3 64 Cami RIMMASCH 2:33:54

Sprint Clydesdale

1 39 Joseph MCKEA 1:44:55

2 43 Bretton WHEELER 1:51:53

3 61 Joe EMMETT 2:19:29

Sprint F 19 and under

1 59 Elizabeth BARKER 2:13:05

Sprint F 25-29

1 29 Michelle MULHOLLAND 1:41:21

2 54 Jessica SEITZ 2:01:53

Sprint F 30-34

1 27 Whitney PHILLIPS 1:38:46

2 31 Fayme PETTIT 1:41:38

3 41 Sarah MUNOZ 1:46:35

4 48 Natalie THORPE 1:55:52

5 49 Barbalee ACKERMAN 1:56:41

6 50 Chelsea EGBERT 1:58:02

7 58 Somer PECOLAR 2:09:29

Sprint F 35-39

1 17 Katie LIMB 1:28:26

2 36 Starla LATHAM 1:43:51

3 40 Bonnie FERNELIUS 1:45:09

4 53 Becky BIRCH 2:00:56

5 62 Valerie BOGGS 2:25:27

6 65 Kristie NANCE 2:34:34

Sprint F 40-44

1 21 Mindy BROOKSBY 1:31:46

2 28 Rebekah JONES 1:40:34

3 30 Andrea BIRCH 1:41:21

4 32 Andrea MCKEA 1:42:09

5 38 Cj BERG 1:44:32

6 42 Kathy WICHELHAUS 1:49:27

Sprint F 45-49

1 33 Misty SUAREZ 1:42:19

Sprint F 50-54

1 51 Sharon DENISON 1:58:10

Sprint F 60-64

1 55 Susie SUNDERLAND 2:03:45

2 56 Christine MCELHANEY 2:04:33

Sprint M 19 and under

1 8 Samuel GALATI 1:21:15

2 18 Kamryn MANSFIELD 1:28:59

Sprint M 25-29

1 23 Cade KOWALLIS 1:33:17

Sprint M 30-34

1 4 Brian BOTTS 1:14:03

2 11 Joe PORTER 1:24:53

3 13 Matt STENSLAND 1:25:54

4 25 Andrew TONGE 1:33:53

5 34 Shawn BARRINGTON 1:42:35

6 44 Jonathan ALLRED 1:53:52

7 46 Kyle CARPENTER 1:54:49

8 57 Nathan PARRY 2:05:38

Sprint M 35-39

1 6 Christopher WHITE 1:15:44

2 19 Adam ENDSLEY 1:29:10

3 24 Jared MASSEY 1:33:47

4 37 Paul GARDNER 1:44:01

5 45 Brian ROSS 1:54:29

Sprint M 40-44

1 10 Steve GOULD 1:24:11

2 14 Mark ERICKSON 1:26:25

3 20 Rob HARRISON 1:31:40

4 26 Chris FELKINS 1:36:51

Sprint M 45-49

1 63 Todd CARTON 2:30:00

Sprint M 50-54

1 5 Shane POWELL 1:15:18

2 7 Jeff RECKER 1:20:11

3 9 Gordon WRIGHT 1:21:24

Sprint M 55-59

1 35 Joe VEATER 1:43:36

Sprint M 60-64

1 22 Michael SCOTT 1:32:44

2 60 George SUNDERLAND 2:16:48

Sprint Relay

1 1 THE MANIACS 1:28:13

2 2 3RD PLACE 1:36:31

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