Steamboat trio tries its hardest

Weston, Lukenses reach podium


Patrick Weston is ready for more.

After Penn and Meghan Lukens talked him into competing in Saturday's TriAmerica Kidz triathlon in Avon-Vail, Patrick, 12, left tired but happy and with a trophy for finishing third in his age group.

Meghan, 12, also finished third, and Penn, 10, was second in his division and second overall.

"It was harder than I thought," Patrick said. "I was tired at the end, and I unexpectedly felt like I was going to barf, because I was working real hard."

Patrick passed Meghan, 12, during the running portion of the triathlon and finished in 34 minutes. Meghan finished in 40:51.

Patrick and Meghan swam 200 yards, biked six miles and ran one mile.

"Everyone was really nice," Meghan said. "If someone passed me or I passed them, they said, 'You are doing great.' On the run, Patrick caught up to me, and we talked for about two or three minutes."

Penn, who finished in 17:03, encountered one problem on his bike ride around Nottingham Lake, but it didn't prevent the 10-year-old from finishing well.

"The first lap on my bike, I crashed," he said. "There was a really sharp turn. It dropped me back in third place in the riding. I got back on and started pedaling my heart out again."

Penn competed in the junior division and swam 100 yards, biked three miles and ran a half-mile.

The three youths said they look forward to next summer's events.

"I can't wait until the next one," Patrick said.


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