Navy Lieutenant Breaks U.S. Armed Forces Triathlon Record

Story Number: NNS050622-20Release Date: 6/22/2005 3:00:00 AM
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By Journalist 2nd Class Erin Huff, Naval Base Ventura County Public Affairs

POINT MUGU, Calif. (NNS) -- Lt. j.g. Timothy O'Donnell set a new course record to finish first in the 2005 Armed Forces Triathlon Championship held June 18 at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC), Point Mugu, Calif.

Athletes representing the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines compete in a 1,500m swim, 40K bike and 10K run. O'Donnell, stationed at ROTC Unit Berkeley, held on tight to the first place title he claimed last year for the men, coming in at 1:49:16 and beating his own record of 1:51:09.

"I'm feeling pretty good right now," said O'Donnell right after the race. "I really had to hammer on the bike to get a nice lead, and then I relaxed on the run to save my energy for the World [Triathlon Championship]."

This was the fifth year the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship was held at Point Mugu, the permanent host for this athletic event.

"The athletes had great, fast times this year," said Capt. Paul Grossgold, NBVC commanding officer. "It was very competitive, and we're always excited about this great event."

The base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff worked tirelessly to organize transportation, lodging and galley access for all the athletes competing. They also purchased race uniforms and created a new race course for the triathletes. More than 100 volunteers came out on race day to distribute water and man different areas of the course to keep the athletes hydrated and on track.

"I think the race went great," said Kent Blankenship, NBVC althetic director and triathlon project officer. "Thanks to NBVC staff and volunteers, for the fifth consecutive year, the Armed Forces event was equal to any world-class event."

The top six men and women from the Armed Forces Triathlon Championship will form the U.S. team competing in the World Triathlon Championship June 25, also at NBVC Point Mugu. This will be the first time the event will have been held in the United States.

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