Atascadero teen wins Fort Hunter Liggett Wildfire Triathlon

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FORT HUNTER LIGGETT — Forty-two people from as far north as the San Francisco Bay Area to as far south as Santa Maria registered in Fort Hunter Liggett’s Wildfire Triathlon on June 10. Participants ranged from 64 to 1-year old, and from first-time triathletes to those that have been competing for decades.

Johnathan Dolan, a 15-year-old freshman from Atascadero High School placed first in the 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike and 5K run triathlon. Dolan has competed in more than a dozen triathlons.

“I was on a swim team and I’ve been running so I thought it’d be a good sport to get into,” Dolan said. His first triathlon was the Tinley Triathlon at Lopez Lake, Arroyo Grande. His father and sibling also competed in the Wildfire Triathlon and placed fourth and twenty-first, respectively.

The post hasn’t hosted a triathlon since 2012, but since the Wildflower Triathlon was cancelled for this year, Fort Hunter Liggett decided to accommodate triathletes in the region. The triathlon offered the public a rare chance to traverse on scenic non-public roads on post.

Placing third in the competition was Fort Hunter Liggett resident and Navy employee, 48-year-old Don Martin. “The rolling start "open-water" course was unique for a pool, but the navigation and exit/entry between laps was actually fun and added greatly to the competition…The entire course was well mapped, well-marked, and well explained,” said Martin.

Participants came from the following cities: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Freemont, Fresno, Hayward, Jolon, Monterey, Mountain View, Paso Robles, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Margarita, Santa Maria, Templeton, and Thousand Oaks.

“Such a fun day! Thank you to all the volunteers that made this happen! Hope this event is annual,” said Shannon Matuszewski, 47-year-old Atascadero resident.

“Very challenging but what incredible scenery,” said Rebecca Wyer, 61-year-old Arroyo Grande resident.

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