136 Compete In Annual Town Of Payson Sprint Triathlon

Allen Fisher, left, and George Tautimer, step across the timing mat with a difference of 3/10ths of a second in their running times. Fisher came in 12th overall and Tautimer finished 18th in the men’s category for the Sprint Triathlon conducted Saturday, June 13 in Payson.

Allen Fisher, left, and George Tautimer, step across the timing mat with a difference of 3/10ths of a second in their running times. Fisher came in 12th overall and Tautimer finished 18th in the men’s category for the Sprint Triathlon conducted Saturday, June 13 in Payson. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Brian Folts and Corrine Frayer easily ran, swam and biked their way to first-place finishes in the Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon.

Under sunny, but cool conditions June 12 at Taylor Pool and on Payson streets, Folts won the overall men’s title in 1:04.18, and Frayer took the women’s crown in 1:18.30.

Folts’ clocking was about six minutes faster than men’s runner-up Craig Brandenburg and Frayer was a full eight minutes faster than silver medalist Krista Nielsen.

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The triathlon began with the swimming event ). The distance required was 500 yards. For many competitors, this was the weakest part of their race.

Last year, Ross Decker won the men’s title in 1:07.59 and Carolyn Fruth won the women’s crown in 1:24.20.

In Saturday’s competition, Folts also had the fastest individual times in all three events performing the swim in 7:21, the bike in 38:36 and the run in 18:21.

Folts is no stranger to grueling long-distance competitions, having competed this year in the Show Low Deuces Wild Deuceman, Sahuarita Triathlon and the Tempe International Triathlon.

Frayer’s times in Payson — 47:03 in the bike and 21:59 for the run — were among the fastest among the women.

In the swim, however, her time of 9:28 was only the sixth quickest.

Third-place finisher Kristi Gauther turned in best time in the swim portion, 7:13.

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Carlos Lopez sustained serious cramps in his legs near the end of the race and still managed to finish in fourth place with an overall time 1:15:50.

In the men’s division, former Payson High School three-sport star Carlos Lopez, now a college student in North Carolina, was fourth.

A total of 71 men and 41 women entered the triathlon.

Also eight three-person coed teams entered the mixed team division won by Team Jupiter in 1:23:20. Desperate Tri Wives was second in 1:25.42.

The Payson Triathlon has in roots in 2006 when 41 amateur athletes turned out to compete in the inaugural event.

What are they?

Triathlons, which originated in Hawaii, but now take place all over the world, include a 2.4-mile swim, 110-mile bike ride and a full 26.1-marathon.

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Contestants in the Payson Sprint Triathlon had a top-notch cheering section to keep their spirits up. Although the prefix “tri” means three, triathlons actually consist of five events, the swim, transition from swim wear to bike gear (T-1), the cycling, transition from cycling to running (T-2), and the run.

Shorter “sprinting” triathlons, like the ones held in Payson, are among the most popular sporting events in the country. Although distance can vary from event to event, they typically cover about a quarter of the distances of the longer marathons.

The Payson competitions have traditionally included a 500-yard swim, a 15-mile bike race and a 3.2-mile run.

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