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Competitors Paddle, Pedal, Plod through Edenton

Triathlon proceeds aid local cancer patients

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Competitors kayak toward Edenton Harbor Saturday during the kayak potion of the Paddle, Pedal and Plod triathlon. The race, organized by the Chowan Edenton Optimist Club,

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By Nicole Bowman-Layton
Editor

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A record number of people participated in Saturday’s Paddle, Pedal and Plod.

The annual triathlon featuring kayaking (about 1 mile), bicycling (about 13 miles) and running (3.1 miles) is organized by the Chowan Edenton Optimist’s Club. The proceeds benefit local cancer patients.

According to race volunteers, there were about 40 people on the course at any one time. There were several relay teams, making the number of participants this year about 60. 

Among the relay teams was the 70 + team, consisting of all of men over 70 years old — Gerard Cooney (kayak), Bruce Rutland (bicycle) and Bob Adams (run). 

Austin Latty, who recently moved to Elizabeth City after making the switch from active duty to U.S. Navy reservist, came down to race. He said he thought Edenton was a great town and the race was a good way to explore the area.

The first person to cross the finish line was Chowan Middle School track phenom Jackson Stegall. He was part of a relay team with Ted Haigler (bicycle) and John McArthur (kayak). They finished with a total time of 1 hour, 11 minutes and 13 seconds. 

The first male overall was Scott Parrish, 51, of Duck, with a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 16 seconds. The Navy veteran left early to head to work as a commercial airplane pilot and received his trophy and tin of peanuts prior to the awards ceremony.

The first female overall was Michelle Devente. The 25-year-old had a time of 1 hour 29 minutes and 15 seconds. 

Boy Scout Troop 164 again helped with the race, assisting pull kayaks out of the water after competitors made it back to the Queen Anne Creek launch.

The following results were provided by the race. The names of the individuals competing on each relay team was not available.

Overall individual finishers

1. Scott Parrish, 51, M, 1:24.16

2. Michelle Devente, 25, F, 1:29.15

3. Caroline Zetti, 25, F, 1:29.53

4. Stephen Johnson, 41, M, 1:30.26

5. David Frelin, 33, M, 1:32.10

6. Carlos Carrera, 42, M, 1:32.10

7. Austin Latty, 23, M, 1:35.11

8. William Slater, 35, M, 1:40.06

9. Jack McGuinn Jr., 56, M, 1:40.51

10. Denis Renfro, 57, F, 1:43.44

11. Jack McGuinn III, 28, M, 1:43.58

12. Fred Dodds, 64, M, 1:46.51

13. Jill Williams, 52, F, 1:50.11

14. Beate Cox, 58, F, 1:59.45

15. Emily Critcher, 32, F, 2:00.05

16. Bill Morris, 62, M, 2:02.29

17. Makaela Thompson, 15, F, 2:07.01

18. Sharon O’Bryant, 46, F, 2:07.02

19. Penney Smith, 56, F, 2:09.02

20. Elton Smith, 59, M, 2:09.04

21. Cassie Dodson, 33, F, 2:15.35

22. Nanette Morris, 62, F, 2:20.05

23. Caryn Hull, 68, F, 2:20.06

Overall team results (listed by bib numbers)

1. 4083, 1:11.13

2. 4072, 1:20.37

3. 6173, 1:24.04

4. 6179, 1:33.21

5. 6178, 1:34.08

6. 4084, 1:34.56

7. 6164, 1:38.40

8. 6165, 1:48.01

9. 4076, 1:54.00

10. 4070, 2:15.56

11. 4069, 2:15.57

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