About 200 triathletes hit the beaches and streets of NMB

About 200 competitors hit the beach and streets of the North Strand on a humid and windy Saturday for the North Myrtle Beach Triathlon.

Mark Woody of Chapin won the men’s division and Joanna Eubanks of Greenwood claimed the women’s division in the triathlon, which saw competitors swim 700 meters through a strong current and schools of jellyfish in the ocean, bike 13 miles around the North Strand and run 3.1 miles downtown to the Ocean Drive finish line.

Woody completed the course in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 48 seconds. He was followed to the finish line by Derek Kidd off Greenwood (1:05:46) and Turner Boone of Bogart, Ga. (1:07:35).

Michael Kovac of Myrtle Beach (1:08:40) was the top finishing local male in fourth place. James McKay of Pawleys Island (1:09:03) in sixth, Brad Stone of Myrtle Beach (1:10:23) in seventh, and Diego Sosa of Myrtle Beach (1:11:17) in 10th placed in the top 10.

Eubanks (1:14:16) and Rebecca Whittington (1:15:07), both of Greenwood, claimed the top two spots in the women’s group. May Lauzon of Myrtle Beach was the top local finisher at third (1:16:55), followed by Mary Kate Noble of Murrells Inlet (1:17:49) in fourth. Dawn Woodard of Conway (1:21:37) in eighth posted a top-10 finish.

In the relay division, Team CIU took first place (1:15:24), Beauty and the Beasts finished second (1:22:29) and Splash, Flash & Dash placed third (1:24:45).

Several local runners and members of the Myrtle Beach Triathlon Club took the podium in their respective age divisions. For a full list of results with splits, visit www.setupevents.com.

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