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SLO resident Van McCarty wins age division at Ironman Vineman triathlon

San Luis Obispo resident Van McCarty had a strong showing Saturday at the Ironman Vineman triathlon in Santa Rosa. The 45-year-old won his age division and finished 18th overall in a field of more than 2,250 competitors.
San Luis Obispo resident Van McCarty had a strong showing Saturday at the Ironman Vineman triathlon in Santa Rosa. The 45-year-old won his age division and finished 18th overall in a field of more than 2,250 competitors. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo resident Van McCarty had a strong showing Saturday at the Ironman Vineman triathlon in Santa Rosa.

The 45-year-old McCarty, a five-time Ironman World Championship qualifier, won his age division and finished 18th overall in a field of more than 2,250 competitors.

McCarty completed the course — a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run through Sonoma County’s wine country — in 9 hours, 30 minutes, 26 seconds.

The swimming portion of the event was held at Johnson’s Beach in the Russian River and is considered “one of the most rustic swim venues you’ll see in the sport.”

It took McCarty 1:07:13 to complete before he moved on to the bike ride.

Competitors had to climb slightly less than 4,000 feet during the bike race through several grape growing regions, and McCarty completed the ride in 5:07:49.

He closed the day be finishing the two loop, out-and-back running course — the same distance as a full marathon — in 3:05:29.

Also over the weekend, San Luis Obispo’s Dave Parmenter and Matt Mohle completed their second consecutive Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship race in Hawaii.

The lifelong surfers and ocean enthusiasts navigated the grueling 32-mile Molokai Channel in 6 hours, 10 minutes, 32 seconds, which was a 14-minute improvement from the previous year.

Competing in the two-person stand-up paddleboard category, Parmenter and Mohle finished 18th overall and sixth in their grouping.

Hawaii native Kai Lenny, competing individually, set the course record in 4:07:41.

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