Whatcom County’s Ski to Sea Race isn’t the only multi-sport event to feel the pinch after Mother Nature got stingy with the snow this winter.
The Sea to Ski — yes, that is backward — in Homer, Alaska, also found snow in short supply when it staged its annual triathlon on March 29. Just like Ski to Sea, the Alaskan race had to eliminate its skiing leg, transforming itself into a “Sea to Sea” biathlon.
More than 60 runners and bikers competed as individuals and two-person teams in the adjusted race this year. Competitors started with a 7-kilometer run around the Homer Spit and then either mounted a bicycle or tagged a teammate for a 7-kilometer bike ride.
After completing their ride, bikers had to dismount, pick up a pair of skis and run 200 meters to the finish line.
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Ordinarily, the race consists of a 5-kilometer run, a 7-kilometer bike ride and is concluded by a 5-kilometer cross-country ski, but there simply wasn’t enough snow, even in Alaska in March, to hold the final leg.
Michael Mumm was the top finisher with a time of 54 minutes, 46 seconds, while Megan Spurkland was the top Ironwoman in 1:05:43.