Southwest Region Club Championship Winners Crowned

By Rachel Sears Casanta | Oct. 15, 2009, 1:06 p.m. (ET)

The 27th annual Santa Cruz Triathlon, held on September 20th served as the 2009 Southwest Regional Club Championships.  A non-profit event that benefits local athletic and community groups, the Santa Cruz triathlon welcomed over 900 athletes competing in the 1.5k / 40k / 10k event.  Triathletes braved the brisk ocean swim around the Santa Cruz Municipal Pier, the challenging, rolling bike course along Highway 1 and tested their legs on a fast out and back run.  Overall winners were Sami Inkinen, 34 of San Francisco (1:56:11) and Rosalinda Castaneda, 26 of Palo Alto (2:13:11). 
As the official 2009 Southwest Regional Club Championships, Santa Cruz crowned club championship titles in four divisions based on club membership size.  For the second straight year, the Silicon Valley Triathlon Club took home top honors in Division I competition finishing clear ahead of second place Pacwest Athletics and the Golden Gate Triathlon Club.  To view the 2009 Southwest Region Club Championship top 3 results by division, click here.

Congratulations to all athletes and the club champions!
Club Champions