TUPPER LAKE - Twenty-four young athletes took to the water, asphalt and shooting range as part of the inaugural Tupper Lake Paintball Triathlon on June 24 at Little Wolf Beach.
The 12 girls and 12 boys began with a 75-yard swim along the shore of Little Wolf Pond. Then it was onto the transition area where competitors quickly threw on their bike helmets and sneakers for a 1.8-mile trek to the end of North Little Wolf Road and back. Returning once again to the transition station if was off for a half mile run to the transfer station and back. The final leg of the race was to the paintball shooting range where each participant got on their stomachs and took five shots at the target. For each successful hit, ten seconds was taken off their final time.
For the boys, Mitch Harriman finished in first with a final time of 15:39 and had five successful shots on target. In second place was Chase Sawyer in a time of 15:59. He also had five successful shots on target. Third place went to Taylor Kameron in a time of 17:17.
For the girls, Sophia Martin took the top spot finishing in a time of 18:16. Second place went to Isabella Rust who clocked in at 19:49. Alexandra Bishop came in third with a time of 21:02.
After the event Race Director Tom Gilman asked those that competed if they would be interested in doing it again this summer to which a chorus of enthusiastic competitors replied, "Yes!!"
The event was made an even bigger success by the parent helpers who volunteered their time manning water stations and overseeing the paintball portion. Lifeguards were also on hand to assure safety during the swim portion.
After the event, several competitors took the opportunity to hone their paintball shooting skills. Some adults even got into the fun.