Gus Ellison crossed the finish line first at Saturday's Trifitness Fairfield Triathlon. The Rowayton athlete knew, however, that with the wave start he might not take home first place. He was right.
Jonathan Fecik of Pennsylvania, who started in a wave after Ellison, won the event in 59:24. Shaun Tamorozzi of Manhasset, N.Y., took second and Ellison settled for third. In the wave start, the athletes start by age group. Ellison started before Fecik, and hoped his time would be good enough to win.
"I knew there were a couple of fast guys behind me,'' Ellison said. "That's how it goes. You just go your hardest and hope nobody catches you."
Ellison came out of the half-mile swim in 20th place. He picked up steam on the bike, where he averaged 22.3 mph on the 10-mile course. He finished the bike ride in 52:14, the third-fastest ride of the day. He came out of the bike ride in the lead. He ran 21:09 in the 5k and was the first to cross the finish line. It wasn't until well after he finished that he learned Fecik had overtaken him.
Ellison is a frequent competitor in triathlons. He won the Mossman Triathlon in Norwalk in July. He said Saturday's race was his last of the season.
There were 454 finishers. The race was sponsored by Trifitness of Fairfield. For complete results, click here.
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