5-Person team takes top overall time in 2nd edition of Race the State Presented by BankNewport and OceanPoint Insurance Agency
1st and 2nd place in the women’s division separated by 47 seconds and brothers, Tyler & Josh Mason, take 1st and 2nd in the men’s division
August 8, 2015 – Rhode Island – Yesterday, 75 competitors competed in the second edition of Race The State sponsored by BankNewport and Ocean Point Insurance. The multi-sport event created and run by Manuka Sports Event Management, a Newport, Rhode Island based business, had individuals and teams run 3.8 miles through Tiverton, paddle 1 mile across the Sakonnet River, run 12.3 miles from Portsmouth to Newport, kayak 5.6 miles to Narragansett via a portage in Jamestown and cycle 28.5 miles from Narragansett through South Kingstown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown and finishing in Westerly.
The 5-person, all-male team, Island Idiots, finished the 53-mile course in 4 hours 37 minutes and 26 seconds an overall average pace of 5:25/mile. Team members included: Shawn Westoven (Portsmouth, RI), Dan Dytch (Newport, RI), Dirk Johnson (Middletown, RI), Mike Giles (Cape Town, South Africa) and Terry Halpin (Middletown, RI). The second team across the line was the 4-person team, Hot Club Harbor Seals out of Providence, RI with a total elapsed time of 5 hours 20 minutes and 47 seconds. The winners in the 3-person team were the Three Dirty Rats out of Reading, PA and in the 2-person division, the husband-wife duo, No Excuses, from Dedham, MA took top honors.
On the individual side, brothers Tyler and Josh Mason took first and second respectively in the men’s division with Bethesda, MD native Scott Madden taking third overall. Tyler of Charlestown, RI finished with an elapsed time of 5 hours 44 minutes and 20 seconds. In the women’s division, Mill Valley, California resident Shawn Connell-Clark had the top overall time at 5:56:45, with Ashaway, RI’s Caroline Duksta a mere 47 seconds behind. In third place was Portsmouth, RI native Sarah Ethier.
Complete results with splits can be viewed HERE.
Race the State was designed to take advantage of the unique geography of the state of Rhode Island was made possible through the support of BankNewport and Ocean Point Insurance. The logistically challenging race spanned 10 communities and two bodies of water. All competitors were required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race and race organizers had over 65 volunteers both on water and off stationed throughout the course. A portion of all entries benefitted Special Olympics Rhode Island.