Island Hosts CASS Duathlon

Island Hosts CASS Duathlon

It was a chilly day for the annual running of the CASS Duathlon, but athletes braved the cold and wind to support the Husky hockey team.

Nolan Ford completes the 5K run
Nolan Ford completes the 5K run

Seven teams showed up for the event October 18th, which was down by about half the teams who came out last year. Organizers changed venues this year, and ran the race from the St. Joseph Island Centennial grounds instead of at CASS.

There was a bit of competitive rivalry between the St. Joseph Island team of Nolan Ford (runner) and Dan Ableson (biker) and the Echo Bay team of Aksel Pollari (runner) and Ray Gowlett (biker). The Pollari-Gowlett team proved to be unbeatable at the St. Joseph Island Triathlon this summer, so the island boys were hoping to give them a run for their money.

Race winners Aksel Pollari & Ray Gowlett
Race winners Aksel Pollari & Ray Gowlett

It was close, with Aksel bringing in the fastest runner time and Dan with the quickest time on a bike. In the end, the Echo Bay team finished first overall, completing the 5K run, 20K bike and 2.5K run in under one hour, coming in at 55:05.

The boys may have taken the top spots, but Athletic Director and Coach, Nigel Good, was proud to point out that his wife Kaitlyn, was the only competitor who completed the entire event on her own (and beat some of his hockey players).

Kaitlyn finishes the bike section of the race
Kaitlyn finishes the bike section of the race
Island Hosts CASS Duathlon