Watson and Northup Crowned USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Short Course Duathlon Champions

By brenda barrera | April 09, 2015, 12 a.m. (ET)

The sun shone brightly but a stiff wind and brisk temperatures in the 30s did not deter Andy Watson and Rachel Northup
from racing to USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Short Course Duathlon Championship titles at the Virginia Duathlon at the Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry, Virginia, on March 29, 2015. 

watsonBundled in hat, gloves, neck warmer and vest for the first 5k, Watson, 30, from Frederick, Maryland, shed the layers to his Team USA uniform by the time he crossed the finish line as the top male age-group competitor. His time was 1:39:48 for the scenic 5-kilometer run, 23-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. Kevin Soeder, 38, from North Carolina finished next in 1:42:04 and Virginia Beach’s Joel Bell, 41, took the third spot in 1:42:43.

While Watson won the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Short Course Duathlon title, two competitors in the male elite category finished 1-2 overall — Kyle Pawlaczyk, 32, from Richmond, Virginia, clocked 1:32:10 followed by Eric Burnett, 31, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1:37:17.

Richmond’s Rachel Northup, 40, notched a convincing win for the women with her 1:47:59 race. Chelsea Bushman, 30, from Chesterfield, Virginia, took second place in 1:55:42 and Sharon Adams, 40, finished in third in 1:57:46. Emily Bashton, 36, from Virginia completed the course in 2:05:26 and was the only female in the elite category.

In all, 130 competitors from five different states plus one relay team competed. Organized by Mettle Events, this race has many appealing factors starting with a trip to the venue on the Jamestown Ferry. The run course in the historic park is not flat and offers views of the James River, and the one-loop bike course (practically traffic-free) follows rolling rural roads. In addition to the USAT-Mid-Atlantic crystal awards, top age group finishers earned coveted hand-carved wildlife trophies at a post-race BBQ. The Virginia Duathlon is a must “du” for run-bike-run athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region.

For more information: usat-ma.org and virginiaduathlon.mettleevents.com.

USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Sprint Distance Duathlon Championship
Virginia Duathlon in Surry, Virginia
March 29, 2015
5k run, 23-mile bike, 5k run
Male Elite: Kyle Pawlaczyk (Richmond, Va.) 1:32:11
Female Elite: Emily Bashton (Richmond, Va.) 2:05:26
Male Age Group: Andy Watson (Frederick, Md.) 1:39:47
Female Age Group: Rachel Northup (Richmond, Va.) 1:47:58
Male Masters: Joel Bell (Virginia Beach, Va.) 1:42:44
Female Masters: Rachel Northup (Richmond, Va.) 1:47:59
Male Grand Masters: Bob Becker (Midlothian, Va.) 1:53:02
Female Grand Masters: Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va.) 2:02:36
M18-19 Matthew Wheeler (College Park, Md.) 2:21:41
F18-19 Caroline Johnson (College Park, Md.) 2:21:39
M20-24 Kevin Levi-Goerlich (College Park, Md.) 1:43:34
F20-24 Meredith Willson (College Park, Md.) 2:12:17
M25-29 Eugene Diefenbach (Arlington, Va.) 1:51:46
F25-29 Jessica Kennedy (Chester, Va.) 2:03:59
M30-34 Andy Watson (Frederick, Md.) 1:39:47
F30-34 Chelsea Bushman (Chesterfield, Va.) 1:55:42
M35-39 Kevin Soeder (Jacksonville, N.C.) 1:42:05
F35-39 Kelly Britt (Chesterfield, Va.) 2:09:41
M40-44 Joel Bell (Virginia Beach, Va.) 1:42:44
F40-44 Rachel Northup (Richmond, Va.) 1:47:59
M45-49 Doug Covington (Marion, Va.) 1:44:35
F45-49 Kimberly Walker (Chesapeake, Va.) 2:08:12
M50-54 Mark North (Richmond, Va.) 1:48:55
F50-54 Susan Helm-Murtagh (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 2:07:51
M55-59 Marty Stiegmann (Glen Allen, Va.) 1:45:13
F55-59 Gail Waldman (Vienna, Va.) 2:02:36
M60-65 Bob Becker (Midlothian, Va.) 1:53:02
F60-64 Lenora Mariner (Midlothian, Va.) 2:26:52
M65-69 Skip Lambert (Chesapeake, Va.) 2:33:04
M70+ Mickey Lackey (Raleigh, N.C.) 2:17:0