Couple Runs To Tri Titles


The husband and wife team of Adam and Shawna Folts of Phoenix dominated the 2013 Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon winning both the men’s and women’s individual championship in record times.

The husband and wife team of Adam and Shawna Folts of Phoenix dominated the 2013 Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon winning both the men’s and women’s individual championship in record times.

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The husband and wife running team of Adam and Shawna Folts of Phoenix dominated the 2013 Town of Payson Sprint Triathlon winning both the men’s and women’s individual championship in record times.

Adam, 27,who captured the 2008 and 2011 Payson triathlon titles turned in a sizzling time of 1:00.04 that was about seven minutes faster than runner-up Mark Hatch.

In winning the 2011 triathlon, Folts was clocked in 1:02.28 and in 2008 won in 1:04.57.

The Payson Triathlon course consists of a 500-yard swim, 15-mile bike race and a 3.2-mile run.

His wife finished the course in 1:12.34 — a time that easily bested the 1:17.49 she recorded in winning the 2011 championship.

The run and bike were Adam’s strongest events among the three triathlon challenges. His 17:28 run was unmatched by any of the other competitors, as was his 35:26 bike ride.

In the swim, Matthew Gordon, competing in the 15-19 years age group, was fastest of all entrants turning in a 6:41 ET. Folts was timed in 7:10.

Adam is a veteran on the state’s triathlon circuit having competed in many events around Arizona including the Adman Tri Life Time Epic 125 distance triathlon on April 14 in Tempe. There he finished second in his age group covering 125 kilometers in 4.27:43.

Shawna was first in the bike event of the Payson triathlon, second in the run and third in the swim.

Her bike time of 42:01 was easily the fastest in the triathlon, besting the runner-up ET turned in by Jeannie Schmidt (30-39) years by three minutes.

In the 40-49 years ago group, local triathlete Carolyn Fruth, a mother of two and Boston Marathon finisher, was first in 1:22.21. She finished first in her age group in all three events.

Other age group female winners included Abby Giles (15-19 years), Anne Taylor (20-29), Jeannie Schmidt (30-39) and Barbara Fenzl (60-69).

Male age group winners included Mathew Gordon (15-19), Cory Valdez (20-29), Mark Hatch (30-39), Jonathan Bates (49-49), John Giles (50-59) and Charlie Hall (60-69).

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In the team competition, Justified Racing was first in 1:13.41and Curbside Cyclery second in 1:15.32. With a time of 1:17.32, Team BPV raced to third.

In the team competition, Justified Racing was first in 1:13.41 and Curbside Cyclery second in 1:15.32.

With a time of 1:17.32, Team BPV raced to third.

The Payson Sprint Triathlon has its roots in 2006 when then-Payson Parks and Recreation Director Bill Schwind hosted the first-ever competition in the Rim Country.

Top individual honors were garnered by Goodyear resident Claudio Bokamper, who finished the trio of events in 58:55.

At the conclusion of the inaugural event, Schwind called it an overwhelming success and promised he would begin plans for it to become a highlight of the summer sports scene.

Although Schwind resigned two years later, his successors have continued to host the competition.

Triathlons, which originated in Hawaii but now take place all over their world, include a 2.4-mile swim, 110-mile bike ride and a full 26.1-mile marathon. Shorter “sprinting” triathlons, like the ones in Payson, are among the fastest-growing and most popular sporting events in the country. They typically cover about a quarter of the distances of the longer marathons.

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, cycling to running (T-2) and the run. There are now several books, Web sites and magazines devoted to helping novice athletes prepare and practice for the three portions of the race as well as the transitions. The simplest training schedule and one recommended by many seasoned athletes is to alternate training days — run, bike, swim, run, bike, swim and rest on the seventh day.

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