Rich Shimer Wins Race
JIM FOSSUM The News Guard
For someone competing in their first triathlon, Adam Shimer produced some pretty gratifying results.
Shimer, an Oregon State trooper stationed in Depoe Bay, won the 20th annual Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon at Regatta Grounds Park on Devils Lake on Sunday, Sept. 12, after borrowing his dad’s road bike and training for just two weeks.
“Definitely the run,” Shimer said when asked what phase of the race he performed best in. “I was 10th going into the run, but took the lead at about one mile and never looked back.”
Shimer, 25, was coming off two other top finishes in local running events, having won the Lincoln City Half-Marathon on March 7 over a field of nearly 300 runners and placing second to former Taft High School star Braxton Jackson in the Ocean’s Edge 5K Run at D River Wayside two months ago.
“It was a great day and the conditions were perfect,” Shimer, a former runner at the University of Washington, said of the race, which is comprised of a .75 kilometer swim, a 15.5K bike ride and 5K run.
Shimer took advantage of the absence of seven-time defending champion Dave Campbell of Newport to win the race by more than two minutes over Taylor Bethell of Lake Oswego in 1:03.01. Campbell broke his collarbone while preparing for the event at a three-day stage race in Eugene over Labor Day weekend. Campbell won the Lincoln City Sprint Triathlon last year in 59 minutes, 53 seconds.
Tara Rich, a 38-year-old physical therapist from McMinnville, won the women’s competition in 1:11.48 over Cristy Keeney of Eugene in 1:13.35.
“The swim was the key for me. I grew up swimming,” said Rich, a former Sprint Triathlon champion and runner-up last year who emerged from the water in third place and finished 21st overall. “The swim went fabulous, but I had a little Achilles’ problem in the run.”
A field of 165 registered for the race, while 146 participated.