'Blondy And Boys' Grab Bronze At Rocky Point

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Hoping to test their competitive skills in Rocky Point's rugged triathlon, a foursome of Rim country residents traveled April 21 to Puerto Peo, Mexico.

Locals who entered the competition south of the border were the relay team of Dan Basinski, Abby Kendall and Phoenix resident Brad Patay. Also competing were Mark Sopeland and Dr. Gary Cornette.

In the mixed relay competition that drew 35 teams, Basinski, Kendall and Patay who nicknamed themselves "Blondy and the Boys" finished third.

In the individual 40K bike ride event, Cornette suffered a double flat tire on his cycle and was not able to finish the race.

Competing in the sprint triathlon, Sopeland was 19th in a field of 42.

The sprint triathlon consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40K bike ride and a 10K run.

According to Basinski, about 1,000 athletes entered in the competition, which was billed as the largest triathlon west of the Mississippi, excluding California.

Cheering spectators lined the streets of the fishing town to watch the event, providing a much needed adrenaline boost for the athletes, Basinski said. Because the four Payson residents had such a good time, they're already making plans for next year's competition.

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