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Sylvania women’s triathlon

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Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania finishes the race.

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Event organizer Joyce Donaldson of Sylvania and Elite Endeavors.

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Connie Ricker of Wauseon gets her bike after swimming. "Don't forget your inhaler, Con," a friend called out to her.

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Maggie Sadler of South Lyon, Mich., reads Kerouac's "On the Road" as she waits for the runners to finish. Sadler was to photograph the runners as they finished; the runners began to appear about one hour plus after the start of the triathlon.

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Janet Lutz of Napoleon runs with her bike to the bike starting point when she can mount the bike and begin the 12-mile event.

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Bikers get ready to ride 12 miles. The largest group of participants, says Joyce Donaldson, were 35-50 years old. Five were older than 60, including one woman who is 77.

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Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes.

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Russ Hudson of Dundee, Mich., points out the starting line for riding to one of the athletes.

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Triathletes lined up to get into the water, right, applaud others who are coming out of the water on their way to the bikes. Each woman wore a timer, so the order of starting was not critical.

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A bike with flair.

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Swimmers in the quarry for the 400-meter swim of the triathlon.

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Participants enter the quarry for the first event, the 400-meter swim.

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Anna Martin, 8, and her mom, Karen Martin, both of Swanton, wait as family friend Catherine Summersof Lambertville, Mich., nears the finish line. It was Summers' first triathlon.

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Triathlete Suzanne Harshman of Sylvania, left, is congratulated by Denise Holmes of Petersburg, Mich., second from left; mother-in-law Nancy Harshman of Toledo; and family friend Susan Alessi of Fairfax, Va.

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Southview girls cross country coach Jodi Farschman, left, with team members and fellow event volunteers Lizzy Loret, who will be a senior, second from left; Leah Dickerson, who will be a sophomore; and Taylor Fitchpatrick, who will be a junior, right, at the finish line.

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"Go Mom" says Brianna Koperski, 8, of Sylvania Township, left, with her cousin Morgan Foster, 10, of Swanton, and Craig Koperski, right with camera, as Brandy Koperski comes to the final turn on the bike segment.

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Fans line up near the finish line.

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Geraldine Lupini, of Milford, Mich., is the first overall and the first of the "Dri'Tri" athletes to return from the 12-mile bike race. "Dri Tri" athletes run one mile, bicycle 12 miles, and then run three more miles in their final segment.

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Stephen Moran of Rochester Hills, Mich., checks the equipment before the first participants finish.

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Participant Elizabeth Strbik of Holland, left and with hand on board, checks her time after completing the triathlon. It was her third time participating in the event.

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