Local athletes tested their resolve Saturday in the McMinnville City Triathlon. None stood out more than Kimberly Feno.
Feno, 33, was the top female finisher in the competition of over 70 athletes. Feno finished with a time of 1:28:25.3, topping her nearest female competitor by over 13 minutes.
“The course is perfect for a challenging sprint triathlon,” said Feno. “The bike portion is my favorite. I love the feel of my legs pumping and the wind in my face. The run is always a struggle but very rewarding when you finish.
“I always enjoy participating in our local triathlon. The money raised always goes back to the community and I will say my husband, Matt Feno, and his crew put on one of the best races around. I hope to see more participants in the future.”
Feno’s feelings about the local event were shared by many fellow athletes.
“In my six years of running, this course is my favorite 5K run because I love the hills,” said Julie Nance, who was part of the Dairy Queen relay team which won the event. “The hills make this race course so unique and different from every race I’ve competed in. The volunteers also have such a positive vibe and make sure you enjoy your time.”
Nance had to book it to give her team separation at the end.
“Seeing them give all their effort and being tied up, I knew I had to push myself so we could finish strong and win. I’m very competitive so I wanted to win and do the best for my team,” said Nance.
Kevin Key and Jalyn Mart joined Nance on team Dairy Queen, doing the bike and swim, respectively. It was Key’s fifth time taking on the 18-mile trek.
“It’s a fun course with multiple challenges and there were a lot of great athletes participating this year,” said Key. “I’m thankful for my teammates and their athletic talents. Everyone worked hard and we were blessed to come out on top.”
Pushing to the limit was on the minds of all the participants. Matt Jackson was one of those competitors, who decided he would take on the course on his own.
“I thought about doing it as a relay with my wife or one of my kids that run way faster than me, but I feel like I have really accomplished something when I do it myself,” said Jackson, who is known for coaching soccer but grew up in the pool. “I love to swim and I rode a bike a lot when I lived in London. I got first place in the swim out of the individual racers, and the ride was nice, but the run – for someone like me who doesn’t like to run as it is – was brutal.”
Jackson finished in 1:54:02.2, include: doing the 400-meter swim in 6:42.6. Other locals with top times include0 Foster Tippins (1:25:04.7, 3rd overall), Ben Myers (1:39:03.8, 9th overall), Rachel Nokes (1:42:26.2, 18th overall, 4th female) and Tori Gallagher (1:43:59.2, 19th overall, 5th female).
Robert Oaks, 16, was the youngest competitor, doing the swim as part of a relay team.