Farrell takes sprint, Tinman has new winner

TUPPER LAKE – Nicolai Siggel of Montreal took first in the Tupper Lake Toughman Tinman Triathlon Saturday, finishing the half Ironman in 4 hours, 18 minutes and 53 seconds.

“It was really exciting to be able to come out of the water at the front and be able to be at the front for the entire race,” he said after finishing. “It makes for a lonely day a little bit, a lot of time in your head, but at the same time, it’s a great feeling.”

Siggel’s victory broke the three-year winning streak of Charles Perreault of Quebec City, who wasn’t at the race Saturday. Siggel got ahead of the competition by having the fastest swim time (27:44) and the top bike time (2:17:54).

Second place went to Andy Powell of Marcellus, who finished in 4:21:55, while Rich Burke of Morristown finished third in 4:23:44.

Donna Kayness of Somers was the first female with a time of 4:37:34. She was followed by Audra Adair of Sackets Harbor, who finished in 4:48:21.

The top local was D.J. Racette of Saranac Lake, who finished in 5:29:25. Rachel Stanton of Lake Placid was the top female in 5:51:34.

The full Tinman featured a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile round-trip bike to Cranberry Lake and a 13.1-mile run through Tupper Lake. The sprint consisted of a .6-mile swim, an 18.6-mile bike ride and 6.6-mile run. Twenty-three teams raced in the full-distance relay.

Tupper Lake’s Amy Farrell took first place in the sprint with a time of 1:54:36, while a local team consisting of Dan Rielly of Saranac Lake, Jim Grant of Lake Placid and Jay Niederbuhl of Bloomingdale took first in the relay with an overall time of 4:36:40.

Farrell said she is in training for the Mont-Tremblant Ironman in Quebec later this summer and was coming off a half Ironman in Maryland three weeks ago.

“I felt great today,” said Farrell, a physical education teacher at the Tupper Lake high school. “I love the course. My house is right on it. I get some of my students out there.”

Second place in the sprint when to Edward Sparkowski of Simsbury, who finished in 2:00:38. Third went to Alain Delisle of Shawinigan-Sud, Canada with a time of 2:01:32.

In the relay, Grant opened the competition with a swim of 31:41, Rielly biked his part in 2:32:58 and Niederbuhl finished up the run in 1:30:27. Rielly outdistanced his competition by 16 minutes with a pace of 22 miles per hour.

“It’s unreal,” Niederbuhl said about winning. “That’s what we were hoping for and we did it. It was brutal conditions. It was hot on the run. Hot for everybody but all three of us did an awesome job and we got through it.”

Grant said this was his fourth time doing the event. His first was in 1991.

“It’s been a long time, and I’ve always done it as a team. It’s just a very well run event and the water was nice and flat,” he said. “The water was 71 degrees. It was perfect. A little sun in your eyes when you came back so you had to lift your head up and see where the finish was but it’s a really friendly crowd and everyone here, they feel the same way. It’s the same culture. I had a greally great day.”

The race attracted 62 participants in the sprint, 21 relay teams and 270 participants in the full Tinman.

This was the first year that Tinman became part of the Toughman Tinman series, which race director Ted Merrihew said was done to attract more participants.

Merrihew said this year the number of participants was about the same as last year but he hopes it will increase in coming years.

“It’s just a great race,” Farrell said. “It’s so well done, and I hope we can get some more people here and get it back to where it was with the numbers. Because it’s unfortunate, the course is so nice, and I do all my riding from over here, and the cycling is so good and safe.”

Many of the participants who do enter the race are from Canada, where it has a strong reputation, according to Siggel.

“I’d heard really good things from friends up in Montreal who had raced before,” he said. “We love coming out here because you guys have beautiful enivronment, beautiful roads, very friendly drivers in contrast to Quebec, so it’s a pleasure to come and spend some time here.”

As usual, the race was manned by a large group of volunteers, who helped with everything from aid stations to directing bike traffic.

“You can’t do this race without hundreds of volunteers,” Merrihew said. “Trying to cover 70 miles of course. They have to be out there (on the lake). They have to be in Cranberry Lake. They are all around the town for the aid stations. It’s a long day for them.”