Eric Nilsson Wins Looong Distance Invitational In Hawaii

Eric Nilsson Wins Looong Distance Invitational In Hawaii

Eric Nilsson Wins Looong Distance Invitational In Hawaii

Courtesy of WOWSA, Honolulu, Hawaii. Race Director Jim Anderson called it a challenging day for the support staff with all the rain and less-than-ideal conditions, but it was a good day for the swimmers, especially for Massachusetts native Eric Nilsson who comfortably won the 29th Possibly Annual Hawaiian Christmas Looong Distance Invitational Rough-H20 Swim in 1:34:54. Kathryn Taylor was second in 1:53:26, Ian Watters was third in 1:54:15, Kaun Nalani was fourth in 1:58:45 and Brook Nottage was fifth in 1:57:2.

Nalani Kaun (1:58:45), Kate Perry (2:01:06), Kelly Howell (2:02:34), Paul Sturtevant (2:15:19), Patrick Dixon (2:04:23), Denise Webb (2:42:32), Michelle Simmons (2:07:27), Jana Pttchova (2:08:10) and Jim Merchant (2:08:15) rounded out other top finishes in the rough, rainy conditions.

There was also a great race in the men’s 60-64 year age group: Patrick Dixon (2:04:23) finished 9th overall, leading Jim Merchant (2:08:15), Bruce Sloan (2:09:16) and Marc Montogery (2:27:56).
Other members of the Half Century Club who finished the 7 km race that started and finished in the shadows of the Diamond Head volcano in Waikiki Beach included Jennifer Stabrylla (2:11:00), Mark Heckman (2:16:13), Uli Klinke (2:16:50), Laurie Foster (2:26:45), 74-year-old Ernie Leskovitz (2:27:40), Charles Kim (2:38:27), Jeffrey Dodge (2:44:23), Robert Murray (2:45:42), Warren Duryea (2:52:54), Valisa Saunders (3:03:37), 76-year-old Vernon Knight (3:36:36) and Michael Wong (3:55:05).


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