You could not have ordered better weather for this past weekend’s Black Fly Triathlon held here in Waterville Valley. Hundreds of racers competed in the multi-day events, including some locals.
I saw the Hodges’s names – Chris, Kyle & Drew – throughout the event results. Chris is Director of Public Safety for the town of Waterville Valley and his son, Kyle, works at the Recreation Department.
Both Chris and Kyle competed in the prestigious Lord of the Flies, a 3-day stage race where athletes compete for the fastest combined time for the Time Trial, International Triathlon, and Short Course events. That means Chris and Kyle started off the weekend last Friday night with a 4 mile bike time trial. Bright and early Saturday morning they participated in the International Tri (a quarter mile swim, 21 mile bike, and a 5 mile run). And, they were back up and at ’em on Sunday morning when they competed in the Short Course Tri, which included a quarter mile swim in Corcoran Pond, a 15 mile bike, and a 3 mile run.
Let me put this in perspective. The Hodges were competing in the company of elite athletes such as two-time Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman.
The youngest Hodges – Drew – ran in the Firefly 5k and placed 4th in his age group.
Mark Mauro, who works at the Snowy Owl Inn, and Vladi Highland, whose parents have a home here in the valley, also ran in the 5k. Vladi placed 4th in his age group.
I’m sure there were other locals out there swimming, biking and running. Congrats to everyone involved in the Black Fly Tri – from the organizers and volunteers, to the competitors.