PALM SPRINGS, CA (December 4, 2012) -- After one year of jet setting, HITS Triathlon Series returned to its roots in Palm Springs, CA to celebrate its first anniversary of swimming, biking and running success. Its 10th race of the year, HITS Triathlon Series was excited to return to Palm Springs after a year of firsts.
Traveling over 6,000 miles just to swim, bike and run 140.6, Frank Kervarec of Villers Sur Coudun, France made the trek from Europe to race HITS Palm Springs and crossed the line in 9:55:00 to win the Full distance race.
Kervarec didn't have it easy, however, as reigning HITS Lake Havasu Full distance winner Brian Folts and his twin brother Adam made him work until the final seconds for the top podium spot. Adam finished in 9:55:15 with Brian crossing at 9:56:33.
"This was a great experience. The pack was not huge, which I like -- we were able to form a brotherhood out there," said Kervarec. "I really wanted this win and the thought of that finish line is what kept me going on the run when I saw second place catching me."
Accomplishments abounded over the weekend, but it was James Lawrence of Lindon, Utah who stole the hearts of everyone following the HITS Triathlon Series this year. He set a out to break the world record for most Full distance triathlons in a year and settled on racing 30 throughout 2012. This Saturday, he completed that record. After 72 miles of swimming, 3,360 miles of biking and 786 miles of running over 12 months, Lawrence broke the record while also raising a significant amount of money for the Quiet Way Foundation (quietway.org) through his "Tri and Give a Dam" campaign (triandgiveadam.com). The Qui! et Way Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps to provide fresh water to people in Kenya by building dams.
"I couldn't have asked for a better day out there. There's no better feeling than setting a goal and knocking it way out of the park," said Lawrence. "There is no way I could have done this year alone and I HITS went above and beyond to help me accomplish this. I consider the HITS team part of my family after this year."
Polly Crawford, a spin instructor and marathon runner turned triathlete admits that the sport of triathlon fits her like a glove. She powered to an overall win this weekend, finishing the Half distance race in 5:08:13.
"It just came together for me today -- I didn't even know that I had won until everyone at the finish like kept telling me," she said with a smile.
Upholding its "a distance for everyone!"(TM) mantra, HITS Triathlon Series offered five distances in Palm Springs, California and welcomed over 1,000 athletes from across the West Coast and beyond to a weekend of swimming, biking and running. The event continued to grow the sport of triathlon as new triathletes were born from the HITS Open. Seasoned athletes, however, were welcomed to a picturesque open-water swim and flat, fast bike and run courses.
"We love this location and it is the perfect site for our Championship, which will continue to take place here," said race director Mark Wilson. "It has been so awesome to see the series evolve and grow during 2012 and we are really excited about our 2013 race schedule."
See below for male and female winners from all the HITS Championship distances:
Full -- Frank Kervarec (Villers Sur Coudun, France) -- 9:55:00
Half -- Paul Amey (San Diego, CA) -- 4:18:29
Olympic -- Edmond Roche (Thousand Oaks, CA) -- 2:07:23
Sprint -- Brian Tasker (Redondo Beach, CA) -- 1:06:00
Open -- Chris Hernandez (Irvine, CA) -- 16:54
Full -- Jennifer Lentzke (Austin, TX) -- 10:21:49
Half -- Polly Crawford (Murrieta, CA) -- 5:08:13
Olympic -- Brittany Braden (Goleta, CA) -- 2:17:25
Sprint -- Kobee Scott (Eagle Mountain, UT) -- 1:18:56
Open -- Elizabeth Harita (Anaheim, CA) -- 20:45
Click here to view complete results from the HITS Championship in Palm Springs, CA.
The 2013 HITS Championship in Palm Springs, California will require qualifying, which will begin when HITS Triathlon Series kicks off the new year in Naples, Florida January 12-13, 2013. HITS Naples will also mark the beginning of 2013 Athlete of the Year Awards qualifying. For more information on the 2013 HITS Championship in Palm Springs, California, click here. To register for HITS Naples or any other upcoming event, please visit www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com.
Photo by Corleve Images - British Pro Paul Amey leads the Half and Full distance athletes into Lake Cahuilla on Saturday
About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations. For more information about the HITS Triathlon Series, please visit www.HitsTriathlonSeries.com.