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Vandenberg hosts triathlon to peak base interest in fitness

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.-- Captain Megan Loges, 30th Operations Support Squadron, makes her final stride toward the finish line during the annual triathalon on August 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Capt. Megan Loges, 30th Operations Support Squadron, makes her final stride toward the finish line during the annual triathalon on Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. William P. Thompson, Commander, 30th Space Wing Command Post freestyles his way to victory in the 400 meter swim on August 4, 2007 at thre annual base triathalon. Colonel Thompson took the lead early, and never looked back. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman First Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Lt. Col. Pell Thompson, 30th Space Wing Command Post commander, freestyles his way to victory in the 400 meter swim on Aug. 4 at thre annual base triathalon. Colonel Thompson took the lead early, and never looked back. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Sandra M. a fitness center employee places a marker in the pool to inform the athlete of his last lap during the 400 meter swim in the annual triathlon on August 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Sandra Marquez, a fitness center employee, places a marker in the pool to inform the athlete of his last lap during the 400 meter swim in the annual triathlon on Aug. 4. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ted Colquhoun, 18th Intelligence Squadron, embraces his son after a competitive 400 meter swim on August 4. The swim meet was one of the three events athletes participated in at the annual base triathalon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman First Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Ted Colquhoun, 18th Intelligence Squadron, embraces his son after a competitive 400 meter swim on Aug. 4. The swim meet was one of the three events athletes participated in at the annual base triathalon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keyonna Fennell)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg's triathlon saw 90 Airmen, friends and family show up to participate here on Aug. 4, a turnout that nearly doubled from last year.

The race included a 400 meters swim at the base pool, a 5 kilometer race starting and ending at the parade grounds and a 20 kilometer bike ride around the base flight line.

In a contest of endurance, the team comprising Lindsay Buckalew, 30th Services Division, Nate Ogan, 30th Medical Operations Squadron, and Kent Yankee was able to out-do the rest of the pack. This is their second consecutive year to win the team event.

The overall winners were Jeff Falcone for the men at 57:04 and Naomi McDaniel for the women with 1:13:10.

Winners from each age bracket include Cecilia Ramos, women over 50; Rick Hummel, men over 50; Darlene Savage, women 40-49; William Thompson, men 40-49; Naomi McDaniel, women 30-39; Johnathan Mason, men 30-39;Christina Falcone, women 20-29; Jeff Falcone, men 20-29; Britney Mazany, women 15-19; and Kevin Weeks, men 15-19.