WASHINGTON — The more than 1,100 runners and triathletes who took part in the Quantico 12K or the Quantico Triathlon could not have asked for a better day.
The races took place at the Marine Corps Base Officer Candidate School on Saturday and were hosted by the Marine Corps Marathon Organization as part of the Marine Corp Marathon Event Series.
David Henkel, 37, of Fairfax, Virginia, won the triathlon, finishing the 750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike ride and 5K run in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 44 seconds.
That’s an impressive time, but Henkel actually recorded an even faster finish of 1:05:07 in 2015 when he finished second in the Quantico Tri.
“I love this Tri,” Henkle said. “You swim in the Potomac and it’s fun, but the bike is really cool because the Marines are out there directing you. They’re just so awesome … they make me go faster because they’re cheering for me.”
Douglas Marocco, 53, of Montclair, Virginia, came in second with a time 1:08:38.
Matthew Saville, 39, of Stafford, Virginia, came in third place with a time 1:09:37.
On the women’s side, 38-year-old Kate Murray of McClean, Virginia, came in first place. She finished the swim, bike and run in 1:14:35.
“It was perfect weather,” she said. “I race a lot of triathlons, but this is the first time doing this race and it was really fun.”
Bev Dobrenz, 23, of Vienna, Virginia, came in second with a time 1:16:40. She was followed by 28-year-old Maryjane Egan from D.C. who finished with a time of 1:17:01.
Air National Guardsman Travis Boltjes, 38, of D.C. came in first place out of more than 600 runners in the 12K.
He set a record of 42:54.
“It’s a great event, the Marines really did awesome with this today,” he said at the finish line.
Boltjes was followed by 23-year-old Scott Davis of Fairfax, Virginia, finishing up with a time of 44:46. Christopher Badolato, 31, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, came in third with a time of 45:19.
Women runners were led by Navy Lt. Sandra Pahl, 39, who is stationed at Quantico. She finished the race in 54:53. Hassetou Wanadogo, 47, from D.C. came in second-place with a time 54:59. Elyse Braner, 33, of Arlington, Virginia, came in third with a time of 55:37.
Rick Heyward, a 51-year-old from Williamsburg, Virginia, won the Masters award in the Quantico Tri finishing in 1:11:52. Kari Stover, 51, of Baltimore, Maryland, won the award among women with a 1:17:25 finish time.
Both events were sold out, with the triathlon doubling in size since it began in 2013. The 12K field also increased by 10 percent before its sellout.
You can find all the results at the Marine Marathon’s website, though the results are still unofficial.