Park and Prest take “Spud Challenge”

14 years ago

Park and Prest take “Spud Challenge”

    Tom Towle, director of the Fort Fairfield Recreation and Parks Department, has released the results of the “Spud Challenge” Triathlon held Saturday and Sunday during the annual Maine Potato Blossom Festival. 

    Presque Isle’s Corey Park earned the “iron man” title as he compiled a combined time of 2 hours, 29 minutes and 29 seconds in the run, paddle and bike competition. Park, 20, was followed by runner-up Brent Jepson of New Sweden, 58, who finished in 2:46:07.
    Fran Prest of Presque Isle took the women’s title in 3:17:51.
    Kevin Strid of Caribou was third in 3:20:14.
    In the junior category, which featured a shorter bike leg, Tyler Strid, 15, of Caribou placed first in 2:39:46; Morgann Towle, a 12-year-old from Fort Fairfield, was next in 4:04:36; and Alexis Coiley, 12, of Fort Fairfield, was third at 4:06:46.
    The triathlon combined results from the Maine Potato Blossom 5 Miler Road Race, the Aroostook River Regatta 6-mile river race; and the 25-mile Spud Cycle Classic bicycle race. The youth bike leg was 12 miles long.


Contributed photo/Aroostook Photographic-Richard K. Nichols


    COREY PARK AND FRANCES PREST are all smiles after winning the Spud Challenge Triathlon over the weekend. Park and Prest compiled the fastest times when combining their performances in the road race, the regatta and the bicycle race.