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Farrell the superstar
August 22, 2016 - Morgan Ryan
Amy Farrell does it again.
Our local superstar triathlete from Tupper Lake had another spectacular performance yesterday at the Timberman 70.3 in Gilford, New Hampshire, taking first place in the 35- to 39-year-old age group with a time of 4 hours and 40 minutes.
Amy Farrell crosses the finish line to win the Tupper Lake Tinman in June. (Photo by Lou Reuter)
Farrell was the 100th overall finisher in a field that included elite professional triathletes from around the world. Tyler Butterfield of Bermuda won the men’s race in 3:48:04 and three-time Kona winner Mirinda Carfrae of Australia won the women’s race in 4:22:22.
Farrell, a former age group Kona world champion herself, isn’t all that far off these professional triathletes. Not bad for a school teacher from Tupper Lake.
Farrell finished yesterday’s 1.2-mile swim in Lake Winnipesaukee in 31:53, followed by a 22.45 mile per hour bike time of 2:29:41 for 56 miles and a 1:34:54 half marathon. Wow, that’s 7:14 per mile on the run.
Farrell has done it all locally, winning last year’s Lake Placid Ironman women’s race and coming back this year with a win in the Tupper Lake Tinman. She finished the 70.3-mile Tinman in 4:41:29
In the women’s pro race, Magali Tiseyre of Canada took the lead early with a 27:23 swim and a 2:23:16 bike, but was passed by Carfrae, known for her strong running ability, in the final portion and had to settle for second.
Farrell wasn’t the only local in New Hampshire yesterday. Saranac Lakers Jay Fogarty, Bill Peer, Bryce Hartman and Amanda Zullo made the trek over to New Hampshire as well.
Hartman, a recent Saranac Lake High School graduate, continued to emerge as a rising star in the sport after turning in a time of 5:09:51. Hartman clocked a swim time of 35:12, a 2:48:34 bike and a 1:38:56 (7:33/mile) run. Not bad for such a young guy at this long distance. Maybe he has a future in the sport.
Zullo was the next local to cross the line. She finished the swim in 44:05, the bike in 3:00:48 and the run in 2:02:11 for a total time of 5:53:31.
Next up was Mountain Mist owner Jay Fogarty, who finished in 5:56:09 (39:58 swim, 2:57:46 bike, 2:13:17 run).
Saranac Lake teacher Bill Peer came through with a very solid time of 6:03:59. He clocked a 44:59 in the swim, a 3:05:20 on the bike and a 2:05:30 on the run.
It was great to see so many locals making the trip over to New Hampshire for the race
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