Spokane’s Greg Gallagher wins 16th annual Beaver Lake Triathlon

August 18, 2009

Johnna Koenig, of Sammamish, muscles her way toward the transition from the cycling leg to the running portion of the triathlon, on the way to her victory in the women’s division. By Greg Farrar

Johnna Koenig, of Sammamish, muscles her way toward the transition from the cycling leg to the running portion of the triathlon, on the way to her victory in the women’s division. By Greg Farrar

Sammamish resident Johnna Koenig finishes first in women’s race

As he prepared for a dip in Beaver Lake Aug. 15, incoming Skyline High School senior Jamie Eide chuckled as he thought about taking a nice long nap once he got home from participating in his first triathlon.

Eide is an avid cyclist — he’s pedaled the Seattle-to-Portland three times — but he had stayed up until 6 a.m. the morning of the Beaver Lake Triathlon. He was also a bit nervous about the swimming portion. Read more

Triathlon attracts range of athletes

August 11, 2009

Athletes round a buoy and head for shore to finish the first leg of the Beaver Lake Triathlon, before going on to the cycling and running portions of the race. By Greg Farrar

Athletes round a buoy and head for shore to finish the first leg of the Beaver Lake Triathlon, before going on to the cycling and running portions of the race. By Greg Farrar

At age 65, Sammamish resident Tony Canlis has never done a triathlon. But in 2008, after helping repair bicycles during the Beaver Lake Triathlon, and after the coaxing of Pacific Bicycle owners Kristie and Scott Frericks, Canlis decided he wanted a challenge.

He took up the task of training for the 2009 race.

An avid swimmer — he swam competitively for much of his life — Canlis isn’t worried about the quarter-mile dip in Beaver Lake. While swimming for the University of Hawaii, he used to swim 3.5-miles in the open ocean for training.

“I was a good swimmer,” he said. “I just want to see what it’s like to be in one of these things.”

Canlis, the oldest registered Sammamish resident, is confident he’ll finish the race. Read more

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