SKANEATELES | Under a cloudy, humid morning, 546 individuals and 20 relay teams competed in the ninth annual Skinnyman Triathlon Saturday to get a start Skaneateles Labor Day party.
Coming out on top after an 800-yard swim, an 11-mile bicycle ride and a three-mile run was Matthew Migonis, of Hamilton, who completed all three events in just 56:34.
"I'm very happy," Migonis said after the awards were handed out. He noted the humid weather and added that he was glad the triathlon was a short event.
Migonis said this was the fourth time time he competed in the Skinnyman, with his last entry coming in 2008.
Following Migonis across the finish line were Craig Baumgartner, of Washington, D.C., with a time of 1:01:44 and Martin Crotty, of Princeton, N.J., with a time of 1:02:15.
The top female was Mae Lankes, of Skaneateles, who finished the course in 1:07:24. Second was Dana Gianniny, of Rochester, with a time of 1:09:03, and third was and Sascha Scott, of Syracuse, with a time of 1:09:16.
The morning started with the playing of the national anthem, and then the racers were led by Shane Lauer, of Phoenix, Md., and identical twins Jack and Nolan Willis, of Fayetteville, three young men affected by Duchenne's muscular dystrophy.
After the three completed the swim course on Skaneateles Lake, the first wave of summers - wearing yellow caps to signify their entry in the I'm All That challenge - hit the water and took off. More waves of swimmers wearing colored caps to indicate their age category followed as the triathlon went under way.
As the swimmers came out of the water in Clift Park after completing the course, they sprinted into the transition area, where they changed out of their wetsuits, grabbed their bicycles and took off for the next event. They walked and ran their bikes out of the transition area onto West Lake Street, where they mounted their bikes and hit the course.
The 11-mile course consisted of riders going down West Lake Street, turning around and heading back down the street to the transition area.
Once back in the transition area, competitors dropped off their bikes, donned their running shoes and headed out onto the running course. That course went from West Genesee Street and right onto East Lake Street to a turnaround at the village limits and back to Clift Park.
"Believe it or not, the run course was pretty tough with all the hills," Migonis said.
The top finishers of each gender, with the exception of Scott, are all entered in the I'm All That challenge, meaning they will continue their competition on Sunday with the Escape from the Judge one-mile swim, Coon Hill Grind two-mile bicycle time trial and Skaneateles Road Race five-kilometer run.
"This is by far my favorite weekend," Migonis said of I'm All That. "It's fun stuff. It's a good way to end the season."
While the triathlon events are run continuously, Migonis said the second day is easier because the three races and spread hours apart, so athletes can take a break to rest, get something to eat and get ready for the next event.
SkanRaces community relations director Chris Legg and race director Michael Parker both agreed Saturday's triathlon went extremely well, with good weather and a good crowd to create a great event for the competitors.
"It's just such a great place to have an event," Parker said of Skaneateles. "We're moving the community a little bit closer to fitness and a healthy lifestyle."