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Swimmer Mark Hanifin, left, and runner Jordon Ahrens smile after winning the triathlon as teammates along with biker Steve Hudyncia (not pictured). (Photo/Melanie Snyder)

Jesselyn and David Garrisi smile after finishing their first Piseco Lake Triathlon. He was the first triathlete to cross the line and she was the first woman to do so. (Photo/Melanie Snyder)

The first wave of swimmers to come out of the water head for their bicycles. (Photo/Melanie Snyder)

Kris McComb and Matt Maurer of Ballston Spa prep before the big race. They finished 45th and 57th respectively. (Photo/Melanie Snyder)


Team Believe wins triathlon for third time

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - Updated: 3:47 PM


Express Summer Intern

PISECO -- Team Believe won the annual, as one spectator describes it, "form of insanity" that is the Piseco Lake Triathlon again this year.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, approximately 120 participants made their way into the brisk waters of Piseco Lake to start the 15-mile race. For many, the event was an opportunity to gain their competitive edge, as well a way to spend time with friends and family.

The half-mile swim began from the beach of the Irondequoit Inn. From there, competitors biked 11.5 miles around the lake until they reached the transition area at the Piseco school.

They then began the final leg of the race -- a three-mile run to the finish line at the Piseco Airport.

All competitors had finished the course in about two hours. The first place Team Believe finished in 59:59:61, according to The team consists of swimmer Mark Hanifin, biker Steve Hudyncia and runner Jordon Ahrens.

The team also took first place in 2013 and 2011.

Said Ahrens, "We pretty much come out here and try to beat our time from last year."

For others, the triathlon was a new experience, though first-timers were hardly at a disadvantage. David Garrisi, 31, finished first in his division for a single triathlete with 1:07:10.83, according to

"It was a good race. It's our first time here, and we spent the week with the family," said Garrisi. His wife Jesselyn Garrisi participated in the event as well, and was the first female to finish in the single athlete division. She came in 11th overall with a time of 1:14:57.98.

Aside from competitors, numerous volunteers made the 29th annual event possible. "Without them this wouldn't have happened," said volunteer Ginger Morris.

Volunteers administered the event in various stages throughout the planning and conducting stages. During the race, they could be found everywhere from directing traffic to giving directions at water stands.

"A huge thank you to the triathlon steering committee, the Hamilton County Amateur Radio Club and to Auyer Race Timing," said Anna Smith of the Speculator Adirondacks Region Chamber of Commerce. Official times and results can be found at


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