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‘Race to End Abuse’ raises thousands

Kathleen Ellyn

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on September 5, 2017 4:08PM

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainOverall Winner of the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon, Jeff Mutchie, 46, of Boise, Idaho. Mutchie began his triathlon, Iron Man and Boston Marathon hobby with his first ever triathlon at Wallowa Lake in 2014.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainOverall Winner of the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon, Jeff Mutchie, 46, of Boise, Idaho. Mutchie began his triathlon, Iron Man and Boston Marathon hobby with his first ever triathlon at Wallowa Lake in 2014.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainAnette Christoffersen, 49, one of the members of the Wallowa County Team Vikings at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon, welcomes home the family

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainAnette Christoffersen, 49, one of the members of the Wallowa County Team Vikings at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon, welcomes home the family "solo runner" Silje Christoffersen, 22. Team Vikings (Anette, Nils and Leif Christoffersen) won the team division, and Silje Christoffersen took 3rd in the female division.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainJennifer Hobbs, 48, of Lostine, won the individual oldest female competitor award at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainJennifer Hobbs, 48, of Lostine, won the individual oldest female competitor award at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainGetting better as he gets older, Ron McAfee, 59, of Joseph improved his time over his 2015 Wallowa Lake Triathlon and won first place as individual oldest male competitor.

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainGetting better as he gets older, Ron McAfee, 59, of Joseph improved his time over his 2015 Wallowa Lake Triathlon and won first place as individual oldest male competitor.

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Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainBenson Hepworth, 17, of Walla Walla practices his

Kathleen Ellyn/ChieftainBenson Hepworth, 17, of Walla Walla practices his "faster than a speeding bullet" form at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon.

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Overall Triathlon winner

Jeff Mutchie, 46, of Boise, swam, biked and ran to an overall win at the 2017 Wallowa Lake Triathlon Sprint “Race to End Abuse” last Saturday. Mutchie is a return competitor who can thank the entry-level Triathlon for sparking his competitive fire back in 2014. That fire has since taken him to the Boston Marathon this April and will take him to the Cozumel Iron Man later this year.

“I love it up here,” Mutchie said. “We come up every year and we were lucky to come up twice this year. It’s a super awesome event and I love the cause.”

The race raised $3,400 in sponsorship and $1,200 in entry fees for Wallowa County Safe Harbors this year.

The event is a favorite for local runners and saw the return of Ron McAfee, 59, of Joseph. McAfee sought special permission in 2015 to run in a team with his daughter, Ashlie, 14 (two years shy of the required minimum age for runners). The duo gutted it out in 2015, with Ashlie struggling in the 500-meter water leg and Ron limping in with a bad leg cramp in last place after the 5K. The 12-mile bike ride to Joseph and back was the easiest portion for the team.

This year McAfee rose to the challenge thrown down by Jerry Ivey, 58, of Enterprise, and shaved 15 minutes –– yes minutes –– off his previous time. Even factoring in the shorter 250-meter swim this year, it was a significant improvement.

“That was good!” a happy McAfee said. “And Ashlie liked the idea of the shorter swim, and she says we’re a team again next year.”

No official times were available prior to press deadlines, but top times are usually under one hour.

The top female racer was Lindsay Thane of Portland; there was only one team entry this year, the Wallowa County Vikings, featuring Nils (swim), Anette (bike) and Leif Christoffersen (run); the oldest female competitor award went to Jennifer Hobbs of Lostine. The oldest male competitor was Ron McAfee of Joseph.

Organizer Paige Sully was pleased with the turnout of 29 competitors.

“We thought scheduling earlier to get the long weekend would make this more attractive to folks,” she said.









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