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Triathletes Sweat It Out

Westport's Christina Robeson and Jonathan Fecik of Lancaster, Pa., won the women's and men's championships, respectively, at Saturday's Fairfield Trifitness Triathlon at Jennings Beach. There were 454 finishers in the race.

Robeson, 35, recently moved from New Canaan to Westport. She frequently competes in triathlons throughout the United States. She needed to travel just up the road Saturday. She finished 13th overall and her winning time was 1:07:41. The race consisted of a half-mile swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer run.

"I had no idea what the competition would be like,'' Robeson said. "It was hot, especially during the run. I definitely ran slower than I normally do. It's hard to start this late in the day." The first wave of athletes entered Long Island Sound at 1 p.m. Julia Jones of New Canaan took second in 1:12:19, and Laura Currey of Harwood, Mass., grabbed third in 1:16:46.

Rowayton's Gus Ellison crossed the finish line first in the men's race. However, Fecik started in a wave later than Ellison. His winning time was 59:24. Shaun Tamarozzi took second in 1:02:17.

"I knew there were a couple of fast guys behind me,'' said Ellison, also a frequent competitor on the triathlon circuit, and the winner of the Mossman Triathlon in July in Norwalk. "That's how it goes. You just go your hardest and hope nobody catches you."

Heat that neared 90 degrees seemed to impact running the most. However, swimming was a challenge as well as the current and choppy waters made it hard for athletes to navigate through Long Island Sound. For complete results, click here.

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