Fox, 13, wows in triathlon

Larson top woman competitor
Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on September 4, 2018 4:21PM

Last changed on September 4, 2018 4:54PM

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“Team Swede! The Larsons for a win!” That’s what Steve Larson, 61, declared as he and his daughter, Megan Larson, 19, Parks Specialist at Wallowa Lake Park finished their triathlon. Megan came in first and then ran back to accompany her Dad as he came in. Megan took Top Female awards with a total time of 118.25. Her father ran 3 Iron Mans and many triathlons 20 years ago and came out of retirement to run with his daughter at the Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit.

Kathleen Ellyn/Chieftain “Team Swede! The Larsons for a win!” That’s what Steve Larson, 61, declared as he and his daughter, Megan Larson, 19, Parks Specialist at Wallowa Lake Park finished their triathlon. Megan came in first and then ran back to accompany her Dad as he came in. Megan took Top Female awards with a total time of 118.25. Her father ran 3 Iron Mans and many triathlons 20 years ago and came out of retirement to run with his daughter at the Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTaylor Fox, 13, of Cove was first out of the water in the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors. He was 4th on the bike to Joseph and back, but made time back up in the run (his best event) to end with a total of 105.26 and second place behind Jeff Mutchie, 47, of Boise, Idaho, who had a total of 56:45.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTaylor Fox, 13, of Cove was first out of the water in the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors. He was 4th on the bike to Joseph and back, but made time back up in the run (his best event) to end with a total of 105.26 and second place behind Jeff Mutchie, 47, of Boise, Idaho, who had a total of 56:45.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainThe top winning team at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors was the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness team of Molly Cudmore (swim) Anna Mapes (bike) and Dylan Edwards (run).

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainThe top winning team at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors was the Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness team of Molly Cudmore (swim) Anna Mapes (bike) and Dylan Edwards (run).

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainFather and daughter team of Zion, 10, and Ben Boyd of Enterprise. Lope for the finish as Zion puts on a burst of speed in the final feet of the 5K walk/run at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon to benefit Safe Harbors. Zion was the youngest competitor in the race.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainFather and daughter team of Zion, 10, and Ben Boyd of Enterprise. Lope for the finish as Zion puts on a burst of speed in the final feet of the 5K walk/run at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon to benefit Safe Harbors. Zion was the youngest competitor in the race.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTriathlon winner, Jeff Mutchie of Boise, Idaho finishes the bike portion of the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainTriathlon winner, Jeff Mutchie of Boise, Idaho finishes the bike portion of the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainKallen Mutchie, 11, daughter of Triathlon winner Jeff Mutchie of Boise, Idaho, streaks in for her Top Female Runner win of the 5K walk/run at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors. Her time was 23.40. The Mutchie family are regular supporters of the Wallowa Lake event. Jeff Mutchie began his triathlon, marathon and Iron Man hobby at Wallowa Lake in 2013. Kallen also took second place overall in the race, just behind ultra runner Chris Alberson, 37, of Richland, Wash. who had a time of 19.:14.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainKallen Mutchie, 11, daughter of Triathlon winner Jeff Mutchie of Boise, Idaho, streaks in for her Top Female Runner win of the 5K walk/run at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors. Her time was 23.40. The Mutchie family are regular supporters of the Wallowa Lake event. Jeff Mutchie began his triathlon, marathon and Iron Man hobby at Wallowa Lake in 2013. Kallen also took second place overall in the race, just behind ultra runner Chris Alberson, 37, of Richland, Wash. who had a time of 19.:14.

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Father/Daughter team of Megan, 19, and Steve Larson, 16,  bring it in for a hug after competing together at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors.

Father/Daughter team of Megan, 19, and Steve Larson, 16, bring it in for a hug after competing together at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors.

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Jeff Mutchie, 47, of Boise put in a blazing time of 56:45 at the 2018 Wallowa Lake Sprint Triathlon benefit for Safe Harbors last weekend. Mutchie, who began his triathlon, marathon and Iron Man hobby at Wallowa Lake in 2013, brought the family along and his daughter Kallenn, 11, won the Top Female award in the walk/run 5K held in conjunction with the triathlon.

Kallenn pelted down the route around Wallowa Lake businesses to turn in an astonishing time of 23:48, not only winning her the Top Female 5K award but putting her in second place overall behind 5K winner Chris Alberston, 37, of Richland, Wash., with 19:14.

Second place in the Triathlon went to a youngster with significant talent, Taylor Fox, 13, of Union who put in a combined time of 105:26.

Fox was scaring the older guys from the start, coming first out of the lake after the 250-meter swim. However, he fell to 4th in the 12-mile bike leg and John Mausling, 50, of Boise was sitting in second behind Mutchie when they started the 5K run.

But the run was Fox’s best leg of the event, and 5K was just a warmup. He streaked by Mausling and turned in an overall time more than two minutes faster to steal second.

“That kid is fast,” an impressed Mausling said.

Event organizer Paige Sully could only nod in agreement.

“He’s pretty lickity-split,” Sully said.

Fox is the youngest individual to compete in the Wallowa Lake event. The cutoff age is 16 years unless by special permission. Fox got the permission, as he and mom, Katie, were part of a relay team with event organizer Sully two weeks earlier.

They completed the 204-mile Elkhorn Relay in 32 hours to come in at 4th place, so Sully knew Fox could handle the sprint triathlon at Wallowa Lake.

The top female winner in the triathlon was Megan Larson, 19, of Joseph with a time of 1:18:25. It was Megan’s first competition, made special because her father, Steve Larson, 61, competed with her.

Steve had competed in several Iron Man races and many triathlons a couple of decades ago and came out of retirement. Megan is a parks specialist at Wallowa Lake State Park and the two trained together over the summer.

Second place female triathlete was Ali Kretschmer of La Grande 1:18:44 with Anna Lembke of Enterprise coming in third 1:27:53.

The event continued to be a great family event with Ben Boyd of Enterprise joining daughter Zion, 10, in the 5K to tie with times of 27:34; father/son team of Lars, 67, and Derek Smith, 26, of Walla Walla, Wash., returned for the second time to compete in the triathlon together; and the father/daughter team of Ron and Ashlie McAfee of Joseph also returned ­— in separate events.

Ron, 60, competed in the triathlon while Ashlie, 17, ran the 5K. The two had done their first triathlon together at Wallowa Lake in 2015.


TRIATHLETES


Men: Jeff Mutchie 56:39; Taylor Fox 1:05:28; John Mausling 1:07:46.

Women: Megan Larson 1:18:25; Ali Kretschmer of LaGrande 1:18:44; Anna Lembke of Enterprise 1:27:53.

Combined: Center for Wellness Team of Moddly Cudmore, Anna Mapes, and Dylan Edwards 1:11:28.


5K WINNERS


Overall: Chris Albertson 19:14; James Hayes 26:05; Ben Boyd 27:34.

Women: Kallenn Mutchie 23.48; Mak Estill 25:11; Megan Hayes 26:11.


FEMALE BY AGE GROUP


10-19: First Kallenn Mutchie 23:48; Zion Boyd 27:34; Ashlie McAfee 55:50.

20-29: Mak Estill 25:41; Megan Hayes 26:11.

30-39: Hillary Bucklew 29:58.

40-49: Kathy Zacharias 34:50.

50-59: Britta Yates 30:15; Kathleen Ackley 30:55; Alicia Borrego 45:58.

60-69: Gretchen Weeks 29:13; Lola Johnson 35:24.


MALE BY AGE GROUP


10-19: Jack McAfee 55:52.

20-29: James Hayes 26:05.

30-39: Chris Albertson 19:14.

40-49: Ben Boyd 27:34.

50-59: Eduardo Borrego 46:24.





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