Racers embark on the swimming leg of the 2022 Lakeside Norway Triathlon. Jesse Cottingham photo

The 2022 Lakeside Norway Triathlon took place July 9 at Lake Pennesseewassee Park in Norway. This year marked the event’s 15th year, and was the first year running at total capacity since the pandemic’s start, boasting 105 individual and team athletes across Maine and New England, according to a news release from the Western Foothills Land Trust.

All proceeds from the event benefit the land trust, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this summer.

The USAT-sanctioned “sprint” triathlon includes a 0.75K lake swim, 18.5K bike leg, finishing with a 5K run. The event attracted both experienced and novice triathletes from nine states. Thirty-eight women and 67 men competed for the event’s classic gold, silver, and bronze cowbell awards in individual and team categories. Competitors ranged in age from 20 to 72.

Finishing in first place for the individual men’s class: Connor Ford of Boulder, Colorado, with a time of 1:03:06, a Norway Tri course record. Delaney Bucker of Portland took first place in the individual women’s category with a time of 1:17:43.

Nine teams competed with “Milo’s Rippers,” taking first place for a men’s team with a time of 1:08:45; “SAM’s Club” took first place for a women’s team with a time of 1:22:50; and “Pete’s Wedding — A Team” won the coed team category with a time of 1:23:37.

Over $13,000 was raised through sponsorship, registration fees, and donations to benefit the Western Foothills Land Trust.

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This year’s sponsors included: Title Sponsor Lakeside Norway; Gold sponsors — Cafe Nomad and New Balance; Silver sponsors — Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Hotel and Casino, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Subaru, Paris Farmers Union, Paris AutoBarn, and Woods Lawn Company; and Bronze sponsors: The Woods Maine, Oxbow Brewing, Bancroft Contracting Corporation, Norway Brewing Company, Black Dog Timberworks, Green Machine Bikes, Carter’s XC, Tru Strength Athletics, Crossway Family Dental, Bolsters Decorating, and True North Adventureware.

Over 50 volunteers helped make the logistics of this event possible, from onsite check-in to safety on all areas of the race course and post triathlon food and awards.

The annual event is Western Foothills Land Trust’s largest fundraising event, promoting recreation, health and giving back to the community. The trust serves over 60,000 residents in western Maine, protecting over 9,000 acres of land.

The 2023 Norway Triathlon is planned for Saturday, July 8; registration will open in early 2023.

For more information, visit wfltmaine.org, call 207-739-2124  or email [email protected].

 

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