Randy Angel

Efron, Temperley swim, cycle and run to Hermosa Beach Triathlon titles

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Dylan Efron, of Los Angeles, swam, cycled and ran to victory at the Hermosa Beach Triathlon Sunday morning. Photo by Ray Vidal

by Randy Angel

Over 700 competitors participated in the 19th Annual Hermosa Beach Triathlon on Sunday. The race began with a quarter mile swim on the south side of the Hermosa Beach pier, followed by a 10 mile bike that went up Pier Avenue and then looped around Valley and Ardmore drives, before returning to the pier. The race ended with a three mile run along The Strand to the Manhattan Beach border, and back to the pier. Dylan Efron, 26, of Los Angeles, dominated the race with a time of 51 minutes, 5 seconds. His winning time was 1 minute, 27 seconds faster than second place finisher Matthew Olivas, 20, of Sherman Oaks who finished in 52:32. Tim Poydenis, 33, of Manhattan Beach finished third at 53:06.

Jennifer Temperley, 45, of Manhattan Beach was the first female to cross the finish line. The certified spinning instructor, fitness coach and personal trainer finished with a time of 57:24, after placing third in last year’s competition.

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Redondo Beach 22-year-old Sierra Ponthier finished a close second at 57:56 and was followed by Emily Kalbach, 33, of Santa Monica (59:05).

Males winning their age groups included: Ashton White (Oak Park, 14-17, 55:44), Sean Suarez (Long Beach, 18-24, 55:20), Efron (25-29), Poydenis (30-34), Andrew Raynor (Los Angeles, 35-39, 53:19), Billy Corvalan (Manhattan Beach, 40-44, 53:28), Ricardo Fiorentino (Santa Monica, 45-49, 55:05), Paul Connolly (Carlsbad, 50-54, 53:13), Steve Catena (Torrance, 55-59, 57:36), John Grotzinger (San Marino, 60-64, 1:03:41) and Steve Polley (Thousand Oaks, 65-69, 1:04:25).

The Thunder Thighs winner was Gregory Strausberg of Los Angeles (57:39). The Clydesdale (220-224 lbs.) winner was Dan Cecilio of Santa Barbara (1:02.39) while the Clydesdale (225+) winner was Manhattan Beach’s Jack Nunn who posted the 15th best overall time at 55:11.

Females capturing their age division titles were: Ella Parsley (Manhattan Beach, 14-17, 1:05:22), Ponthier (18-24), Janel Peralez (Fremont, 25-29, 1:03:37), Kalmbach (30-34), Allyson Estess (Hermosa Beach, 35-39, 59:22), Megan Granich (California, MD, 40-44, 1:01:35), Temperley (45-49), Debbie Booth (Rancho Palos Verdes, 50-54, 1:03:52), Nicholisa Contis (Topanga, 55-59, 1:09:23), Maria Marrone (Pacific Palisades, 60-64, 1:26:54) and Robin Melville (Marina Del Rey, 65-69, 1:42:08).

Redondo Beach’s Tessa Sphar won the Athena division with a time of 1:18:56. In team competition, MSR1 captured the Coed race (55:37).

For complete results, visit Dayatthebeachtri.com.

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