Jacob Kucik was the overall winner of the 2019 Lake Max Triathlon Saturday, finishing in a time of 58 minutes, 10.1 seconds. Kucik, 31, of Hobart, Ind., had split times of 7:47 for the 400-meter swim; 27:14 for the 11-mile bike ride; and 21:20 for the 5-kilometer run. The remaining time was spent transitioning between each leg.
Just over 30 seconds behind Kucik was the top women’s finisher, Elizabeth Kniesly, 36, of Indianapolis. She finished in 58:40.6, with splits of 8:36 for the swim, 30:17 for the bike, and 18:45 for the run.
In the masters division, Jeff Grabinski, 46, of Crown Point, Ind., was the top male and Jamie Govert, 41, also of Crown Point, was the top female. Grabinski’s total time was 59:56.7. Govert finished the course in 1:07:21.8.
A total of 259 people participated in the individual competition. Brian Jones, 75, of LaPorte, Ind., was the oldest man, finishing in 1:53:11.1. Jan Rubsam, 65, Valparaiso, Ind., was the oldest woman participating, finishing in 1:31:04.1. A total of 259 people participated in the individual competition. Another 79 participated as a member of the 28 teams taking part.
Mark Witmer, 53, of Roanoke, Ind., was the overall winner of the duathlon, finishing in 56:55.5. He finished his 1600-meter run in 6:27, the 11-mile bike in 29:01.6, and the 5K run in 20:03.6. Kristine Warnes, 44, Naperville, Ill., was the first female to finish with a time of 1:08:28.9. She was was fifth overall with split times of 7:23, 37.51; and 21.54. A total of 30 people participated.
A total of 90 boys and girls participated in the kids triathlon, with 30 taking part in the 5-to-7 year-old division and 60 in the 8-to-12 division.
A total of 458 people participated in one of the competitions Saturday.
The Culver Military and Culver Community football teams assisted the adult volunteers. CMA constructed the transition area bike racks and did the pre-race preparation, which included moving bleachers, barricades, and equipment. Following the race, they assisted with the clean-up.
The Culver Community team directed the children’s races, positioning themselves every 150 meters along the run and bike courses. They also handed out the medals as the participants crossed the finish line.