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Locals compete in Foam 5K and Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon


Andrew Hines

Participants in the Foam 5K fly out of the gates as they race with a wide range of athletes at Haller Park on July 4.

Every Fourth of July people look forward to afternoon barbecues and late-night fireworks. However, in the morning, the Arlington Runners Club puts on the annual Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon and Foam 5K.

This year an enormous group of athletes, families and local competitors came out to Haller Park in order to take part in the tradition. At 9 a.m., the Triathlon kicked off with teams and Iron Man athletes who ran, biked and kayaked a 15-mile course. At 10 a.m., the Foam 5K began with all ages competing from babies all the way up to racers in their 60s.

"One of the joys of this community is being able to put on these events and make it a better place. It really feels good to have people enjoy themselves and add on to their Fourth of July traditions," said Arlington Runners Club President Devin Brossard.

In the Triathlon, the top two male finishers were Justin Nicol, 40, and Justin Goheen, 26. Nicol finished first overall with a time of 1:18:38 and Goheen crossed the line in second place at 1:23:38. The top two female finishers were Lenora Fenstermaker, 35, who finished fifth overall with a time of 1:28:38 and Kristina Longosky, 26, crossing eighth at 1:35:29.

The top finisher in the Foam 5K was 13-year-old Lily Nichol with a time of 20:00. The second female racer to cross the finish line, 15-year-old Frances Perry, came in 14th overall at 28:02. The top two men were Ethan Thompson, 14, and Levi Thompson, 11. Ethan came in second overall at 23:34 and Levi finished third with a time of 23:36.

"Having these experienced volunteers spend their time here is huge and priceless for what we're trying to do. The help that we get from these amazing people is what allows us to do these special events," said Brossard.

If you want to see the full list of results for the Pedal, Paddle, Puff Triathlon they can be found at Or if you want to see the results of the Foam 5K they can be found at

For upcoming events and races you can check out the upcoming schedule at


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