Clayton, Nelson win Buzz Ryan Triathlon
Mitchell Clayton of Forest Lake, Minn., outdueled Duluthian Brian Bich to win the men’s half of the Buzz Ryan Triathlon on Sunday near Island Lake.
Clayton, 21, finished the 500-yard swim, 12-mile bicycle ride and 2.5-mile run in 51 minutes, 48 seconds to finish ahead of the 19-year-old Bich (53:02), whose father, Brian, has won a number of Brewhouse Triathlons.
Clayton was fourth after the swimming portion but caught up by winning the bike race.
Bill Kelley, 45, of Wrenshall was third.
Elaine Nelson captured the women’s race in 53:16, nearly three minutes ahead of fellow Duluthian Bettina Keppers. Keppers was ahead after the swim before Nelson pulled away in the running event.
Jeanne Fleck of Proctor was third.