Endurance Update

     Duluthians Rod Raymond and Steven Kramer won titles in Saturday’s Paul Bunyan Triathlon in Bemidji, Minn.

     Raymond, 44, led a field of 39 in the long course event in 1 hour, 45 minutes, 35 seconds for a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K bike and 10K run. Kramer, 37, was first in the sprint course field of 117 in 1:06:18 for a ¼-mile swim, 12.5-mile mike and 5K run.

     r Josh Blankenheim of Duluth was third in a field of 375 in the Chisago Lakes Triathlon sprint distance race Sunday in 1:18:29 for a ¼-mile swim, 17-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in Chisago City, Minn. Jena Ogston of Duluth was eighth in the women’s field in 1:36:03. Two-time defending Brewhouse Triathlon champion David Thompson of St. Paul won the half-ironman race in 3:47:16 for a 1.2-mile swim, 55.4-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in a field of 309.

     Brooks Williams, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo., who was found in distress near the end of Saturday’s Minnesota Voyageur Trail Ultramarathon 50-Miler in Carlton, was treated and released Sunday at Community Memorial Hospital in Cloquet, a nursing supervisor said. Another runner found Williams suffering from dehydration a half-mile from the finish. Race director Rollie Everson brought Williams to the hospital and said he visited him later Saturday, when Williams was showing improvement.

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