Martin eats up competition

Williamsport grad captures victory in Fort Ritchie Triathlon

August 08, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE
  • Rick Fesler, of Carlisle, Pa., was the men's champion at the Olympic-distance triathlon at Fort Ritchie on Sunday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

CASCADE -- Williamsport High graduate Megan Martin celebrated winning the women's Olympic-distance triathlon at Fort Ritchie on Sunday by helping herself to a "big ole" pork barbecue sandwich, fries and baked beans.

"Stuff you wouldn't eat during training," said Martin, formerly Megan Knepper. "I figured I earned it."

Martin, 27, of Greencastle, Pa., finished the inaugural Fort Ritchie Triathlon in 2 hours and 27 minutes.

About 370 people participated in the triathlon, said race director Ken Racine of Racine MultiSports, a race management company. About 205 of the participants competed in the Olympic-distance version versus the shorter sprint version.

The only medical calls Racine said he was aware of were a couple of calls for abrasions from people falling off their bikes.

Except for a portion of the cycling leg, the triathlon was held on the grounds of the former Fort Ritchie Army base in northeastern Washington County.

The Olympic-distance version consisted of a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 38K bike and a 10K run, according to the race's website at The sprint version consisted of a .75K swim, a 24K bike and a 5K run.


"This is probably one of the tougher Olympic distances that I've done" because the course had so many hills, Martin said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.

Martin said the toughest part for her was the cycling leg -- her weakest area of the three disciplines -- especially on the way back.

"The last 5 miles were pretty much uphill," she said.

"The whole course was beautiful," Martin said.

Compared to the Hagerstown Sprint Triathlon she completed two weeks ago at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park in Halfway, this one was uneventful. During the previous one, she had a flat tire.

The Fort Ritchie Triathlon is Martin's last tune-up for the Wisconsin Ironman in Madison this September, she said.

Martin said she has competed in more than 25 triathlons since picking up the "hobby" during the summer of 2005, after college graduation.

After graduating from Williamsport High, she attended University of Maryland, College Park, on a full swimming scholarship. A co-worker suggested she try a triathlon.

Martin is a supervisor with TNT Fitness, a group training program that works out of gyms in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland-Northern Virginia area, she said.

Fort Ritchie Triathlon champions

The overall winners of the inaugural Fort Ritchie Triathlon were:

Olympic distance

Men: Rick Fesler, Carlisle, Pa., 2 hours, 4 minutes and 14 seconds

Women: Megan Martin, of Greencastle, Pa., 2:27:59

Sprint distance

Men: Geoffrey Irwin, Frederick, Md., 1:16:10

Women: Lexa Gass, Crescent, Pa., 1:26:11

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