Triathletes kick off season at Lake Sammamish event

More than 1,100 participants swarmed the shores and waters of Lake Sammamish Saturday for the eighth annual Issaquah Triathlon, 5K and Kids Tri — the largest turnout in the history of the event.

More than 1,100 participants swarmed the shores and waters of Lake Sammamish Saturday for the eighth annual Issaquah Triathlon, 5K and Kids Tri — the largest turnout in the history of the event.

“We had more participants this year, because we expanded the event to the entire Lake Sammamish Park,” said Julie Kay Sheldon, event co-chair.

Competitors started the sprint distance triathlon by swimming a 1/4-mile stretch off of Sunset Beach. Athletes then biked a 14 1/2-mile course from the park on Eastlake Sammamish Parkway to Inglewood Road and back to the park. The race ended with a 3 1/2-mile cross country-style course that wound throughout the park.

“This year’s event was fantastic,” said Mary O’Brien, Arbor Montessori Schools founder and pioneer of the triathlon. “We had competitors from all over the region and several athletes from other states.”

Drew Magill of Sammamish finished with the best overall time, completing the triathlon in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 51.2 seconds.

Tracy Orcutt of Seattle had the fastest female time, finishing in 1:07:53.6.

There was also a 5K run/walk throughout Lake Sammamish Park. Jesse Baggenstos of Renton won the men’s division in 21 minutes, 45.9 seconds, while Mandy Anderson of Sammamish took first in the women’s division in 27:13.8.

The event also featured a kids triathlon, which was composed of a 75-yard swim, 2-mile bike ride and 1/2-mile run. There were 155 kids who participated in the race.

“We are one of the largest kids events around,” Sheldon said. “We’re really focused on family.”

Chris Gerbino, 9, of Shoreline, won the boys race in a time of 13 minutes, 28.4 seconds. Carmen Petras, 7, of Carnation won the girls race in 15:20.6.

The event, sponsored by Arbor Montessori Schools and Rowley Properties, raised approximately $45,000. All of the proceeds will be used to provide scholarships, books, computers and sports education for Montessori students on the Eastside. This year’s event had a record 26 sponsor and more than 255 area school employees, parents and other supporters volunteered for the event.


Mens triathlon: Top 10 – Drew Magill, Sammamish, 1:02:51.2; Joshua Fitchitt, Bellevue, 1:03:31.4; Gareth Holman, 01:03:47.9; Ryker Lammers, Kirkland, 1:03:58.9; Michael Pritchard, Seattle, 1:04:02.0; Bryan Urakawa, Bellevue, 1:04:14.4; Kevin Gammill, Beaux Arts, 1:04:28.8; Brady Brewer, Seattle, 1:04:49.9; Brent Binge, Seattle, 1:05:02.7; Jeffrey Meder, Kirkland, 1:05:23.3.

Womens triathlon: Top 10 – Tracy Orcutt, Seattle, 1:07:53.6; Lisa Walker, Edmonds, 1:08:54.6; Robin Sayed, Woodinville, 1:09:30.4; Jessica Pollak, Kent, 1:10:30.1; Ursula James, Lake Stevens, 1:10:59.7; Hallie Truswell, Seattle, 1:11:06.8; Evi Emmenegger, Seattle, 1:11:17.5; Anne Jensen, Kirkland, 1:11:19.1; Jacquelyn Foley, Sammamish, 1:11:41.9; Polita Paulus, Kirkland, 1:11:42.7.

Kids triathlon: Top 10 overall – Chris Gerbino, Shoreline, 13:28.4; Alexander Peart, Sammamish, 14:50.6; Kushal Khangaonkar, Bothell, 15:11.5; Carmen Petras, Carnation, 15:20.6; Quentin Chi, Seattle, 17:29.2; Zane Petras, Carnation, 18:02.8; Grace Eaton, Bellevue, 18:27.3; Sebastian Elguea, Redmond, 18:37.9; Regi Lammers, Kirkland, 18:40.9; Ryan Jaques, Oak Harbor, 19:29.0.

5K run: Top 10 overall – Jesse Baggenstos, Renton, 21:45.9; Joe Hayman, Redmond, 22:57.6; David Parkinson, Seattle, 23:43.4; Zach Baggenstos, Renton, 24:45.0; Pablo Sisca, London, UK, 25:08.0; Greg Baggenstos, Renton, 25:30.7; Gheorghe Muresan, Redmond, 26:52.1; Cooper Moo, Issaquah, 26:55.4; Robert Warren, Seattle, 26:57.7; Mandy Anderson, Sammamish, 27:13.8.