2022 Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon

Earlier this week (Wednesday night) I did the Pat Griskus Triathlon for the 7th time since 2009, but the first time since 2015. That means I did it many years in a row before taking a long break. This is one of my favorite events. The course (especially the bike loop around Lake Quassapaug) is awesome. The start/finish/transition area is at Quassy Amusement Park.

The other great thing about this race is the vibe. The traditional mid-week summer evening timing makes for a very cool atmosphere. In the past, this race has attracted 300-400 triathletes, and many of them beginners. The race always honors all first timers with a medal. However, this year, there were only 131 finishers. That is much less than before and much less than I expected.

I know I haven’t done much triathlon racing in recent years, but it appears the numbers are down across the board and post-COVID-19, down even more. It’s a bit disappointing that more youth and young adults aren’t getting involved, but it is a very gear and money intensive sport. Even still, if you are interested in doing a triathlon, this Griskus event and the one held in June, are wonderful for beginners. Pat Griskus was a legendary athlete, so it is always great to do an event that honors his legacy.

The race was always very competitive and I’ve had some strong results in the past. This time, I was 4th overall and 2nd in my age group. Amazingly, and another sign that the sport is aging, the race was won by 58 year old David Giampietro. Kudos to him. I hope I can go like him when I get to 58. Second was Zachary Yannes and third was John O’Brien. John only beat me by eight seconds, but he was in a wave behind me so I never saw him. I would like to think that if we were racing head to head, I would have run him down. As usual, I had a terrible swim, which was responsible for most of my deficit to the top two guys. I had a decent ride and an OK run. Regardless, I’m happy with my result as I am good shape right now.

The first woman was Riann Duffy. She was followed by Crystal Holick and Celia Christake. Again, congrats to all of the finishers including those first-timers.

The bike course had a several mile section of milled road surface. That made it a few minutes slower than past races, and it hurt. The weather was beautiful. I stuck around for the awards ceremony and was home by 10:00 P.M. It was a nice night.

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