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Akins Duo Joins Local Ironmen; Kids Triathlon Leaders Honored

Updated: Aug 7, 2019

Fresh off an inspirational win at Ironman Lake Placid, Lisbon's Matt Russell added to the excitement of Sunday's fourth Mini Maple Kids Triathlon hosted by CGSW Racing.

"This is just a great event. They have a great job here for kids," said Russell who will return to his home in Florida to prepare for the World Championships In Kona, Hawaii in October.

"Plan to do Chattanooga and then go on to Kona. It worked well last year," said Russell who noted a personal best sixth place finish in the Ironman Worlds last year.

Powered by course record 4:27:38 bike split, Russell charged to an emotional and very gratifying overall victory at Ironman Lake Placid.

Russell took control on the bike after a 16th-place swim in 56:42 and closed with a 2:58:56 marathon which was the third best of the day.

Russell's 8:27:57 time in the Ironman ( 2.4 mile swim /112mile bike/ 26.2 mle run) produced a 5:29 lead over fellow professional Joe Gambles of Australia and a 9:04 margin over third place Marc Duelsen of Germany.

Games and Duelson both rendered challenges in the run but Russell was unflappable in holding the lead.



The fourth annual CGSW Racing Mini Maple Kids Triathlon centered at the Ogdensburg City Pool drew 65 participants on Sunday and featured some outstanding race.

In the 5-7 age group Brynlee Derosiers led the Girls in 25:00.1 followed by Olivia Caruso 27:45.5 and Aubrie Odenburgh 27:53.5.

The 5-7 Boys race saw Rowen Caruso placed first in 20:37.3, Caelum Rodcer 23:08.1 and Keegan Wears 23:19.1.

The 8-9 age group featured close finishes in both the Boys and Girls races.

In the girls raceMadelyn Binion led the way in 33:27.3 followed by Serenity Akins in 33:26.4 and Sholea Sekhon om 33:38.9. In the bous race Owen Wears took first in 26:23.8, followed by Noah Trombly in 26:31.3 and Brandon Irvine 27:33.2.

The 10-12 age group produced several fast times led by female leader Arles Akins 32:57.3 and male leader Laughlin O'Donnell 26:17.2. Khloee Fraser took second in the girls race in 33:17.4 and Adrianna Lesperance placed third in 34:58.9. Rocco Testani took second among the boys in 26:35.2 and Kellan Sutton took third in 28:13.7.



Russell's victory came on a day when seven members of CGSW Racing, based in Ogdensburg, competed in Ironman Lake Placid.

Connor Sutton placed 77th in the Men's 35-39 Division, 456th in the Men's field and 538th overall with a 12:42.31 time.

Zach Dodge placed 41st in the Men's 30-34 Division, 272 in the Men's field and 311th overall in 12:00:29.

Jenna Chamberlain placed 30th in the Women's 35-39 Division, 213 in the Women's field and 1055th overall in 13:55:01.

Jordan Pederson placed 72nd in the Men's 30-34 Division, 516th in the Men's field and 619 overall in a time 12:54.59.

James Farrell took 110th in the Men's 30-34 Division, 133rd in the Men's field and 1427th overall in 14:51:48.

Zach Benson took 191st in the Men's 35-39 Division, 993rd in the Men's field and 1264 overall with a time of 14:28:16.

Dr. Josh Caruso was unable to finish because of a mechanical problem with his bike.

"I plan to look for an Ironman in the fall. I have done all the training and I want to do the event". said Caruso.

The father and son team of Lisbon resident Gordie Akins and Lisbon native Matt Akins, who currently served as Associate Athletic Director at St. Rose College in Albany, who also earned the Ironman greeting at the finish line.

Gordie Akins, 58, placed 87th in the Men's 50-55 Division with a 14:58:29 time, 1119 in the Men's field and 1463 overall. Matt Akins. 40, took 40th in the Men's 40-44 Division in 12:30:11. He took 404th in the Men's field and 474 overall.