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  • When was the last time you went to a race where the announcer was an 8-time Hawaiian Ironman Champion? Paula looks like she’s enjoying her new job of “bossing people around with a megaphone.” Nice.

    Kate Major decides to go old school and forego the wetsuit for the 1km swim. Mike Carder, in the background, contemplates an early plunge in the Pacific while his wife sleeps in.

    Nice tan lines! What do you do on your 4-month sabbatical from work? Well if you’re Kenny Souza, you ride 600-miles a week and run a lot. Going from 160 to 130-lbs in a couple of months, Kenny came down and teamed up with Michellie Jones to win the relay division – and give everyone a Clif Bar or two. Souza’s next event will be the Powerman Duathlon World Championship in Zofingen, Switzerland - 10 k run - 150 k bike - 30 k run. You can see more about this event at:

    And they’re off! The first annual Swim/Run at Oceanside gets under way.

    The Aussie domination started with men’s winner, Levi Maxwell, smoking the course in 30:11 and taking home $150 for the morning’s workout.

    Kim McDonald finished 5th over all…at the age of 50!! There’s hope for all of us!

    Sian Welch hammering down the beach with a big smile on! Sian ended up 2nd over all taking the whopping $100 check. Knowing that Sian was driving up to L.A. to visit with her folks, Kate Major quipped, “That money won’t make it past Fashion Island in Newport Beach.”

    Kristin Mayer and Kathleen Barris battle their way to the finish line. Kristin pulled away to finish 3rd in the women 30-39 in 40:28 while Kathleen nailed down 2nd place in the women 29 and under in 40:56.

    Proving that there’s nothing quite like the motivation provided by a spouse up ahead, Linda Vigil overhauls Bill Borsack in pursuit of her husband Mark.


    Merrill Lynch Swim-Run at Oceanside Big Success

    With a whole two weeks at home, the crew at decided that they needed a race of their own in their own back yard. The talk of the past two years ended when Roch Frey, Paul Huddle, and Jennifer Santel pulled from their 5-years of experience with the Ralphs California Half Ironman to bring a much shorter but no less challenging event to Oceanside. With the help of spouses, Heather Fuhr, Paula Newby-Fraser, and Steve Santel – and a ton of other veteran volunteers, the race came off without a hitch.

    On Saturday, August 6th at 7am, 100 or so brave souls took on a 1-kilometer swim in 65-degree water and 2-foot surf followed by a 5km run that spanned the length of the Oceanside Pier and nearby beach. Triathletes, swimmers, and runners came out to support what will become a summer staple in 2006. What could be better than a short morning workout followed by refreshments provided by Oceanside Ale Works! Did we say “beer”? Did we say “beer before 9am”? That’s what we said and, for all the incredulous comments and looks of bewilderment, there seemed to be a big crowd in the beer garden after the race – yes, before 9am.

    The men’s race was won by Australian, Levi Maxwell, who led from the start and finished in 30:11, a minute & 11-seconds ahead of local Cardiff resident, Kevin Danahy. Maxwell continues his great season and local event sweep while Danahy continues to improve. Patrick Dideum, a 23-year old from Irvine, took the 3rd overall spot on his way to dominating the 29 & under age group.

    On the women’s side, Aussie Kate Major broke up her Hawaii Ironman preparation for a short workout and came away with the win ahead of former professional triathlete and now mom/real estate mogul, Sian Welch, who also happens to be getting ready for her date with the lava in October. Third place went to newest coach, Terry Martin. How did our little swim run end up with the top three places on the women’s side all former Ironman champions?! Kate finished 3rd in Hawaii last year and has won Ironman USA at Lake Placid in 2004 and Ironman Arizona this year. Sian is a past winner of Ironman Australia and Terry is an Ironman Canada champion.

    The swim only side of things was owned by the UCSD Masters Swimming as George Crain won in 16:06 (note, George is in the 60+ age group), while Sarah Steinhoffer crushed the 1km loop in 14:44. It should be noted that it was a beach start and there was a solid 300-meter run from the exit of the water to the finish line…you should have heard the whining.

    For the overall winners of the swim-run and the swim only there was more on the line at this event than a simple medal…much more. No, it wasn’t Lord Stanley’s Cup. It wasn’t the America’s Cup. It wasn’t even a yellow jersey. No, this was the first ever presentation of what will surely become the reason that multisport athletes will lace up their shoes in the morning. Yes, we’re talking about the most coveted award in all of sport – the Surf Monkey. Hand selected in Tiajuana by Roch and Huddle, the prizes for this year’s events were a big hit and are sure to draw thousands in coming years. Congratulations to this year’s winners and everyone who toed the line.

    For more on the event, check out this story from the North County Times

    Finish results of the swim/run with split times can be found at:

    Finish results of the swim only can be found at:

    A big round of applause for all the sponsors:

    Merrill Lynch - Mark and Linda Vigil from Merrill Lynch - CHECK OUT their website

    Gatorade -

    X-Terra Wetsuits -

    Clif Bar -

    Oceanside Ale Works -

    Gu Energy Gel -

    Sport Quest – sports nutrition products -

    See you next year!