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Lake Hickory Triathlon marks 9th year, 138 finishers

Tyler Billington (right) of Alexander County, on the winners' podium for the male age 20-24 division | photo credit:

The Alexander County Family YMCA hosted the 9th Annual Lake Hickory Triathlon on July 20 at Dusty Ridge Park. The event, which featured 138 finishers from North Carolina and nearby states, included a 400-yard swim, a 16-mile bicycle ride, and a 5K run.

The top three overall finishers in the event were: first-place winner Matthew Wisthoff, 34, of Boone,  with a total time of 1:01:52, Erik Rasmussen, 44 of Wilmington (2nd, 1:07:11), and Patrick Jackson, 32, of Charlotte (3rd, 1:08:25).

The top three female finishers in the event were Lisa Clark, 57, of Hickory, who finished 16th overall with a total time of 1:22:44, Karen Buxton, 57, of Greensboro (20th overall, 1:23:39), and Kit Hayes, 41, of Black Mountain (21st overall, 1:24:46).

Tyler Billington, 24, from Taylorsville, was the sole Alexander County award-winner. Billington earned first place in the male age 20-24 division with a time of 1:29:06.