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Locals hold their own at Ironman Lake Placid

Cowan wins age group, Gerken places second

July 25, 2012
By MORGAN RYAN - Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Charlie Cowan was the top local male finisher and Joni Gerken was the top local female Sunday, July 21 in the 14th running of the Lake Placid Ironman.

Cowan, a 60-year-old Lake Placid resident, took first in his age group with an overall time of 11 hours, 21 minutes and 20 seconds. Cowan completed the 2.4-mile swim in 1:00:55, the 112-mile bike in 6:02:45 and the marathon in 4:06:36. He was the 238th overall competitor to cross the finish line.

Gerken, a 30-year-old from Lake Placid, completed the course in 11:43:29 to finish 353rd overall. She recorded a 1:17:31 swim, a 6:15:38 bike and 3:57:24 run.

Article Photos

Lou Reuter/Lake Placid News
Charlie Cowan of Lake Placid rides part of the 112-mile bicycle course at the Lake Placid Ironman on Sunday, July 22.

Gerken placed second in the women's 30-34 age group out of 24 other competitors. She placed first in her age group in the Lake Placid Marathon (3:29:08) on June 10 and completed the Boston Marathon in 3:48:21 on April 16.

Another Lake Placidian who competed in both the Boston Marathon and Lake Placid Ironman this year was Rachel Butler, who finished the Ironman in 12:10:37 and the Boston Marathon in 3:59:39. Butler, 44, placed third in the women's 40-44 category of the Ironman.

Steven Vargo and Andrew Baird, both from Lake Placid, competed in the 18- to 24-year-old age group. Vargo, 24, finished in 11:47:38 and Baird, 20, crossed the line in 12:05:21.

Heidi Baumbach, a 2008 graduate of Lake Placid High School, finished her first Ironman in 12:25:42. The 22-year-old recent Ithaca College graduate completed the swim in 1:09:06, the bike in 6:50:18 and the marathon in 4:11:16.

Baumbach was named as the Ithaca College outdoor track athlete of the year after setting a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and placing second in the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

High Peaks Cyclery owner Brian Delaney finished his 14th Ironman in 13:06:12. He is one of the rare few who have completed each of the 14 Lake Placid Ironmans.

There were 27 finishers from the Tri-Lakes and 2,273 overall.


Local finishers

Charlie CowanLake Placid1/9M60-6411:21:201:00:556:116:02:454:554:06:36
Joni GerkenLake Placid2/24W30-3411:43:291:17:317:336:15:395:233:57:25
Steven VargoLake Placid4/19M18-2411:47:381:10:525:585:54:122:564:33:42
Andrew BairdLake Placid9/19M18-2412:05:211:09:208:286:26:348:114:12:50
Rachel ButlerLake Placid3/31W40-4412:10:371:21:246:036:22:483:284:16:55
Heidi BaumbachLake Placid1/4W18-2412:25:421:09:069:186:50:185:464:11:16
William PeerBloomingdale24/93M40-4412:37:511:30:338:576:42:335:584:09:53
Caitlin SkufcaWilmington3/4W18-2412:50:421:05:336:216:32:095:085:01:33
Brian DelaneyLake Placid5/19M55-5913:06:121:11:4911:356:40:377:264:54:47
Taylor MckennaLake Placid21/36M25-2913:16:221:27:077:246:26:034:575:10:53
Richard ErenstoneLake Placid1/6M65-6913:31:101:10:528:426:53:005:075:13:31
Lori CrowningshieldKeene14/31W40-4413:53:431:35:1510:336:49:2811:515:06:38
Stewart McCullouchTupper Lake2/6M65-6914:14:111:36:5611:348:39:5814:583:30:48
Robert TeboTupper Lake3/6M65-6914:35:281:10:318:267:03:4414:335:58:16
Russ ClopineLake Placid68/84M45-4914:36:271:25:5111:096:54:375:505:59:02
Paul CassotLake Placid5/9M60-6414:39:311:24:5410:107:39:137:505:17:25
Robert MorgensonLake Placid14/19M55-5914:59:401:17:3312:037:11:239:376:09:07
Christine LennonLake Placid19/24W30-3415:04:051:32:538:567:42:188:095:31:50
Wesley WilsonBloomingdale38/55M55-5915:18:111:33:0111:117:11:1010:096:12:42
Michael BryantWilmington8/9M60-6415:37:221:36:5911:327:40:068:196:00:28
Jen KazmierczakJay22/28W35-3915:43:491:37:319:508:22:148:395:25:37
Veronica ByersLake Placid24/28W35-3916:01:561:46:246:568:32:429:065:26:50
Michael SaulpaughLake Placid17/19M18-2416:07:471:31:527:458:26:526:085:55:12
Ed CassotLake Placid9/9M60-6416:11:461:26:209:128:38:3510:195:47:22
Sara LindsayLake Placid27/28W35-3916:25:291:19:228:348:01:4819:116:36:36
Carolyn MandevilleLake Placid11/12W25-2916:25:291:16:0910:578:22:546:456:28:46
Chris GrantLake Placid55/55M50-5416:49:431:22:2012:207:23:2415:337:36:08



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