A competitor bikes down Seawall Road during the Acadia 70.3 Triathlon on Aug. 4. The bicycling portion of the race accounted for 56.1 miles. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI YMCA

Coffin wins first Acadia 70.3 Triathlon

BAR HARBOR — With cooler temperatures finally arriving on Mount Desert Island this past weekend, one of the of area’s newest — and longest — races took center stage.

Seventy-three people competed in the Acadia 70.3 Triathlon on Sunday across Mount Desert Island. Fifty of those runners took part in all three legs of the event, which was introduced this year by the MDI YMCA.

Mount Desert Island YMCA Race Director Jennifer Britz poses for a photo with women’s race winner Annie Henderson of Bangor following the Acadia 70.3 Triathlon on Aug. 4 at MDI High School. PHOTO COURTESY OF MDI YMCA

The course began with a 1.2-mile swim in Long Pond before taking runners along a 56.1-mile bike stretch along the ocean. The final stretch, the 13.1-mile run, concluded on the MDI High School track.

The overall race win went to Spencer Coffin of Arlington, Mass., who finished in 4 hours, 30 minutes, 9 seconds. Coffin beat out second-place finisher J.P. Dowd of Charlestown, Mass., who crossed the finish line in 4:47:14. Dean Haspela (5:11:18), Kurt Lindboom-Broberg (5:15:56) and Robbie Cook (5:17:53) rounded out the top five.

Annie Henderson of Bangor won the women’s competition with a time of 5:35:41 and overall place of seventh. Other finishers on the women’s side included Hayley Zoerheide of Strafford, Vt. (5:53:38, 11th) and Claudia Durbin (5:54:11; 12th).

MDI High School had one competitor in the race as junior Ponce Saltysiak crossed the finish line in 6:16:26 to finish 19th. Saltysiak, of Bar Harbor, was the youngest competitor at 16 years of age, and Paul Shapero, 72, of Bangor was the oldest.

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