More than 240 athletes took part in the 2022 OBX Triathlon on Saturday, September 17, hosted by Outer Banks Sporting Events (OBSE) and sponsored by The Outer Banks Tourism Bureau.
The race, including swimming, biking and running, started at the Ole Swimming Hole behind the NC Aquarium on the north side of Roanoke Island. Two groups participated with a Sprint Division and an Olympic Division and all participating athletes from an 8-year-old doing the cycling leg of a 3-person team to a 76-year-old who got through all three; from as far away as Utah, Oklahoma and St. Louis, were super charged after completing the course. The finish was at Ft. Raleigh Historic Site with food and a traditional beer garden for racers (over 21).
Oreste Pesselato (Rusty), of St. Louis, Missouri, who won the Olympic division with a time of 2:11:08, had never competed in a triathlon before. But friends on the OBX convinced him to come here, visit them and fight. He rode the entire distance (“a bike wouldn’t fit in a plane,” he stated) and had trained a full 6 months prior to the event, “although nothing could have prepared me for the wind on the (Old Mann’s Haven) bridge .” Rusty also said after the race that “the whole event was set up really well and had a great course. The volunteers were incredibly helpful the whole way through.” Olympic participants swim 0.93 miles; bike 25 miles (to the end of Mashoes Road and back) and run 6.2 miles. The Sprint divisions are all shorter distances.
Katie Soeder, of VA Beach, was the first woman and third overall in the Sprint Division to cross the finish line. She had borrowed her mother’s bike and couldn’t get the kickstand to stand up straight, saying she hadn’t been in the water for 7 years, if at all, but “knew how to run!” First in the sprint came Adam Burke from Raleigh, NC with a time of 1:13:08. He couldn’t thank the volunteers enough.
The event was the culmination of months of planning, checking distances for USATF certification, obtaining permits, obtaining equipment, sponsors, making sure neighbors on the streets that were part of the race were aware of the event , closing the Old Mann’s Harbor Bridge from 7 a.m. to noon, mass organization of details, and amassing a pool of wonderful, local volunteers who didn’t mind some showing up as early as 5 a.m., for some to stay until after noon. Then break the trail and thank the National Park Service for using their space and facilities.
This is the first triathlon since the pandemic, so the organization, OBSE, was happy to put together a successful event to build on for next year. In 2023, the event will be moved to June 2-3 to avoid being in the middle of hurricane season, which is always an issue in September. The last time the event was held, it had to be reduced to a biathlon due to poor water quality in the Croatan Sound.
The next event on the OBSE calendar is the Towne Bank OBX Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K, 5K and Family Fun Run sponsored by Towne Bank, The Outer Banks Tourism Department, Publix, Surf Pediatrics and many more generous sponsors at national and international level. Outer benches. Mark your calendar for November 11-13, 2022, Veterans Day weekend for these events. For more information about OBSE or the upcoming races in November, visit www.obxse.com. Or follow OBSE on Facebook or Instagram for information and results.
Below is a full rundown of the race results:
- Oreste Pesselato 02:11:08.3 St. Louis, MO
- Thomas Stracey 02:23:43.3 Greensboro, NC
- Eric Wetzel 02:26:26.7 Richmond, Virginia
- Olivia Gonzalez 02:31:29.3 Milwaukee, WI
- Joni Johnson 02:32:23.5 Concord, NC
- Nancy Placide 02:34:11.8 Midlothian, Virginia
- Adam Burke 01:13:03.3 Raleigh, NC
- Stephen Fox 01:19: 30.1 Raleigh, NC
- Anders Jacobson 1:25: 13.7 Raleigh, NC
- Kathryn Soeder 01:21:54.3 Chesapeake, Virginia
- Danielle Foster 01:24:37.6 Kitty Hawk, NC
- Emily Neuburg 01:26:21.0 Suffolk, Virginia
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