Sonner leads four Juneau women in Seattle triathlon

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Ritchie Sonner led four women from Juneau competing in Sunday's Danskin Women's Triathlon Series race in Seattle.

Also competing from Juneau were Linda Cohen, Sierra Kaden and Carrie Arbogast. Jessica Menendez of Juneau served as one of the race's Angels, a group of volunteers who help shepherd some of the less-experienced triathletes through the course.

The race, which is billed as the world's largest sprint triathlon and the largest women's triathlon, had 4,149 participants. The event featured a half-mile (0.75-kilometer) open-water swim on Lake Washington, a 12-mile (20K) bike leg and a 3.1-mile (5K) run leg.

Chris Farias, 37, of Seattle won the race in an overall time of 1:06:03. Lynda Hymans, 33, of Tacoma, Wash., took second place in 1:06:18 and Anne Jensen, 35, of Kirkland, Wash., was third in 1:09:29.

Sonner, who competed in the age 45-49 division, finished 154th overall out of 3,786 finishers (including 113 teams). Sonner's overall time of 1 hour, 26 minutes, 18 seconds was good for ninth place out of 287 in her age group. She posted a swim time of 14:56, first transition of 4:31, bike time of 36:40, second transition of 2:20 and a run time of 27:50.

Cohen was the next Juneau finisher, posting a total time of 1:39:19 which was good for 989th plave overall and 194th out of 804 in the age 30-34 division. Cohen had a swim time of 20:05, a 43:56 bike and 27:51 run.

Kaden, who competed in the age 25-29 division, had a total time of 1:49:34, good for 1,952nd place overall and 383rd of 663 in her division. Kaden posted a swim time of 28:35, 44:59 bike and 28:25 run.

Arbogast also competed in the age 25-29 division, posting a total time of 1:52:45 for 2,228th place overall and 424th out of 663 in her age group. Arbogast had a swim time of 21:04, a 51:31 bike and 30:54 run.

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