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In Photo: Triathlon tests athletes

900 compete on new date for event

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Hundreds of athletes filled Pillar Point Harbor and parts of downtown early Sunday morning for the Half Moon Bay Triathlon. Competitors were able to test their fortitude in the excruciating endurance trial that combines swimming, bicycling and running. Kyle Ludowitz/Review

About 900 people turned out for the Half Moon Bay Triathlon on Sunday. They came on a different day this year, and participated on a reworked course, but all pushed themselves toward new fitness goals.

Competitors raced in different age groups in one of two distances — Olympic and sprint, which was shortened to one-third mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.

Top Coastside performers included 46-year-old Tim Janssen, of Montara, who finished first in his Olympic age category, and Sean Lamb, 46, of Montara, who won his sprint age category.

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“There were a ton more locals this year,” said race director Ryan Coelho. There were also four participants from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, he said.

Coelho said the event went off without a hitch, in part because of planning efforts that included the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and the city of Half Moon Bay. One result was a shorter bicycle course that turned around riders at North Main Street rather than letting them continue south to Verdes Road as in the past. Coelho said that concentrated law enforcement resources and made for a safer route.

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The event was moved later in the calendar — from April 14 to May 5 — to make way for the start of salmon season, which this year initially conflicted with race plans. There were fewer participants this time around, Coelho said, because some people couldn’t juggle their schedules. Next year, he plans to move the triathlon back to April.

“I’ll go back to April,” he said. “I’ll talk to Dream Machines to make sure we’re not on top of each other.”

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The triathlon gave $500 donations to the high school sports program and Senior Coastsiders, Coelho said. For complete results, visit

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