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Perreault wins 2nd straight Tinman title

July 2, 2012
By MIKE LYNCH - Sports Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Chuck Perreault of Quebec continued his success in the 30th annual Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon Saturday, winning his second title in a row and fifth overall.

"It was a great race, a great course, a great setup," he said. "It's a friendly race, so it's fun."

Perreault finished the race, which included a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride to Cranberry Lake and back, and a 13.1-mile run through Tupper Lake, in 4 hours, 4 minutes and 55 seconds. That time includes a four-minute penalty. Perreault was penalized for crossing a road when he was asked to stop.

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Participants finish up the first leg of the Tupper Lake Tinman Saturday as they exit Raquette Pond.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)

Still, his time was good enough to put him well ahead of the next closest finisher, Jesse Vondraeek, who crossed the line in 4:20:22. Vondraeeek is originally from Elmira but lives in Tuscon, Arizona.

"I felt like I put a good effort in the race. The water was a bit choppy and I got lost in the swim," he said. "And the bike was definitely a little bit challenging with the wind, but it was a good honest course with beautiful scenery and rolling hills."

This was Vondraeek's first time in the Tupper Lake Tinman. He said there was separation in the pack right away.

"The swim really split us up pretty well because it was pretty choppy," he said.

Pierre-Marc Doyon of Quebec finished third in 4:21:20.

Isabelle Laundy of Terrebonne, Calif., was the first female finisher across in 5:06:08. Aimee Sutton finished second in 5:08:37.

This year 271 men and 116 women competed in the full Tinman. There were 48 men and 40 women in the Tinman Sprint, which is a .6-mile swim, a 18.6-mile bike and 6.2-mile run.

Tupper Lake's Amy Farrell was the top female finisher in the sprint and third overall. She had a time of 1:55:45.

Farrell said the conditions were really nice and the wind helped cool her down on the way back. The day was marked by a hot sun and gusty winds.

"All year I've been saying I've got to do Tinman because it's the 30th year," she said. "My training didn't go as well because we love to ski and do a lot of other things in the winter, so I was happy to do the sprint."

Dot Martin of Montpelier, Vt., was the second female across the finish line in 2:07:25. She was followed by Laurie Gorman of Ottawa, who had a time of 2:13:10.

John Babin of Astoria won the men's sprint in 1:54:14. Jeff Donatello of Eliot, Maine took second in 1:55:20 and Tyler Heishman finished third in 1:59:05.


(Editor's note: See Tuesday's edition of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise for more results from area finishers in the 30th annual Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon.)



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