Anthony Devine wins YMCA indoor triathlon

Overall winner Anthony Devine is flanked by runner-up Tara Nitardy (left) and Jennifer Pessafiume, who was third. — Photo courtesy of YMCA of Martha

Fifty hardy souls competed Saturday morning in the third annual YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard indoor triathlon. Aided by the triathletes, 28 sponsors, and 12 volunteers, the event was a major success, raising more than $12,000 to benefit the Y For All Financial Assistance and Community Outreach Program.

The program helps those in need to participate in a variety of YMCA activities, including the Teen Center, swim lessons, after-school care, the FUS!ON Middle School Program, Camp Terra Mare, third grade water safety, Special Olympics, and many more. Additionally, financial assistance recipients participated in the triathlon to help raise money for the programs that benefit them.

Anthony Devine of Oak Bluffs proved to be the Y’s ironman, logging 16.29 miles through three 25 minute sessions, comprising swimming, spinning (stationary bike), and treadmill. The triathletes had five minutes of transition time between the phases. Tara Nitardy was second overall, completing 15.95 miles and Jennifer Pessafiume took third with 15.28. Each of the top three overall competed in the 18–29 age group.

Competitors of varying abilities aged 11 to 60 plus took part in the event, which promoted better heart health in body, mind, and spirit. This year, the Y increased participation by 15 people and raised $3,000 more than in 2013.

In other ironman feats, llmarinen Vogel completed 3,600 push-ups in the water, while Cynthia Farrington biked for 80 miles.

Top three finishers by division:

Youth (11-17 years-old): 1. Harrison Dorr, 14.96 miles; 2. Robert Goodale, 11.08; 3. Sarah Lytle 9.8. 30-39 years-old: 1. Greer Thornton, 14.72; 2. Joanne Cassidy, 14.65; 3. Martina Thornton, 14.02. 40-49 years-old: 1. Jill Robie Axtell, 14.16; 2. Linda Hammond, 13.34; 3. Susan Sanford, 11.13 miles. 50-59 years-old: 1. Hudson Maynard, 15.25; 2. Left out by request; 3. Tess Temple, 12.89. 60 years-old plus: 1. Dick Cohan, 14.59; 2. Judy Golden, 10.28; 3. Cindy Trish, 9.6 miles.

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