Hayball sets record; Hertel best female
The fourth annual MAC Dash sprint triathlon and duathlon shined once again Sept. 10 with 190 athletes competing in the event centered around the Madras Aquatic Center.
When the timers stopped, Grant Hayball of Grants Pass was the overall top male performer. The avid triathlete broke his own MAC Dash triathlon record with a time of 55 minutes, 38 seconds in an event that features a 500-yard swim, a 12-mile road bike and a 3-mile run.
"I definitely take pride in the record and I'm motivated to go fast," said Hayball, who has competed in 10 triathlons this season in the region. "We get some good athletes at the MAC Dash and I just really enjoy this one."
Hayball finished the swim in 5:59, spent 31:25 on the bike course and concluded his run in 17:21.
"I knew what I did last year, and I knew I could beat it, but it was tough" Hayball said. "It's just a really cool and beautiful course."
Scott Delamarter of Madras was the top Jefferson County male finisher. He placed fourth overall with a time of 1:02.47. Ryan Carrasco of Bend finished second overall, with a time of 1:00.56.
"The race went very well," said MAC Dash committee member Suzy El-Attar. "We had a great turnout and I think the athletes enjoyed the MAC Dash once again."
Madras' Sara Hertel was the top female performer and first Jefferson County female athlete to finish, with a time of 1:09.03.
"She is a rock star," El-Attar said. "Sara trains hard and it was awesome to have a local athlete finish first."
Hertel finished second last year, but she is well known in the area for her abilities. She was also the top female performer in the Todd Beamer Independence Day Run. The 33-year-year-old topped 59 female triathletes at the MAC Dash.
"Sarah performed really well," El-Attar said. "It's no surprise that she was first."
In the team competition, the overall winner was Team 47, with a time of 1:03.20, made up of Madras' Elizabeth Armitage, Jason Hertel and Ken Stout. They were also the top co-ed team to finish.
The Killer B's, consisting of Madras' Brandon Hunt, Brady Tucker and Bryce Williams, turned in a time of 1:07.18 for the top male team.
The top female team was Sisters of Champions made of Michelle Smith and Hannah Trimmer of Corvallis. The two finished in 1:10.28. The top local female team was MAC `n Cheese made up of Madras' Heidi Boyle, Wendy King and Kim Stout with a time of 1:23.56.
Team Birthday Dash, which included James, Declan and Andrew Watts of Bend, was the top family team, with a time of 1:10.45.
In the duathlon, Lindsey Laura of Camas, Wash., was the overall winner and top female athlete, finishing with a time of 1:16.59. Madras' mayor, Melanie Widmer, was top Jefferson County female duathlete. She finished in 2:00.38.
The top male duathlete was Bend's Trevor Groves, who finished in 1:21.41 for second overall.
The MAC Dash was created four years ago to promote physical fitness and as a way to help support youth MAC programs.
"The course is awesome," said triathlete Anthony Marin of Salem.
Marin and Forest Grove's Travis White both competed in the MAC Dash for the first time, and both said they enjoyed the event.
"You guys need more oxygen over here," White said with a laugh. "The course was not nearly as hard as I trained on, but I got up here and I struggled to breathe."
The MAC Dash also featured a Mini-MAC Dash for kids 10-and-under where 100 kids showed up.
"Just being a part of it was really fun," said Will Dominguez of team Lab Ratz.