LOCAL ATHLETES TACKLE 101-MILE COURSE
July 06, 2007 11:00 pm

Two local triathletes and members of Wild Rivers Multi Sports Triathlon Team ventured to Lakeport, Calif. for the inaugural Triathlon One-O-One.

The triathlon is aptly named because it's a 101 mile triathlon race. This event is composed of a 1.86-mile swim in Clear Lake, followed by a challenging 80.6-mile cycle course through the town of Lakeport and surrounding countryside, which is then followed by an 18.6-mile run on the hilly neighborhood streets of Lakeport.

Professional triathlete and second place women's finisher Kim Loeffler said, "the run was probably one of the hardest runs I have ever raced."

Mike Saberr of Brookings completed the arduous course in a time of 10 hours, 23 minutes and 37 seconds to earn third place for his division.

Shawn McMahon of Smith River, Calif., earned a first place finish in the "Athletes for a Cure" division with a time of 10:10: 28.

In addition to competing for his own "enjoyment," McMahon raised money as an "Athlete for a Cure" with proceeds going towards prostate cancer research. McMahon wishes to thank Back Country Bicycles and all donors that supported the cause through him.

Saberr is now training in preparation for his next event which is the Ironman Canada triathlon in Penticton, British Columbia, while McMahon is currently preparing for the ITU World Long Distance Age Group Championships in France.