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Athletes begin their cycling portion of the Marine Corps Marathon's Quantico Triathlon, Quantico, Va., Aug. 22, 2015. The Triathlon is a three part event consisting of a 750 meter open water swim, 20K cycle tour, and 5K run to complete the entire race. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Elisha N. Peake/Released)

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Marine Corps Base Quantico hosts 3rd annual sprint triathlon

27 Aug 2015 | Eve A. Baker Marine Corps Base Quantico

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – On Saturday, 424 competitors took part in the 3rd annual Quantico Triathlon. This year, the sprint-distance event featured an open-water swim in the Potomac River, whereas the swim portion of last year’s event took place in Quantico’s 50m pool.

Participants came from far and wide for the opportunity to race in the USA Triathlon-sanctioned event.

Finishing first overall in the men’s division was Damian Walsh of Alexandria, Va., with a time of 1:04:42. The winner of the women’s division was Lauren Bussian of Richmond, Va., who finished with a time of 1:13:49.

The second-place finisher in the women’s division, Lola Lahi, is originally from Estonia, though she currently resides in the Washington, DC, area. Command and Staff College student Maj. Rob Thorpe, British Royal Marines, hails from London. Competitors also came from all over Virginia, as well as Maryland, Delaware, the Carolinas, Texas and California, among other places.

Bussian, 24, said she has been racing since she was 13. Regarding the swim in the river, Bussian “thought it was great, hardly any current.” This was her first time participating in the Quantico Triathlon, and she said it “was really well run. Everything was clear on the course.”
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