Melzer Wins Back-to-back Events, Wirth Takes Home First at the Pittsburgh Triathlon Sprint Distance Event

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More than 340 athletes competed in final day of events at 19th Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race; proceeds of the event benefit Friends of the Riverfront

PITTSBURGH – After finishing first and second in yesterday’s Olympic-distance event, Heather Melzer and David Wirth returned to take home first place in today’s Sprint Distance event at the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race presented by First National Bank. With the swim portion cancelled, athletes completed in a duathlon with a 20K bike ride, followed by a 5K run.

Melzer, 47, from Mars, Pa., who won yesterday’s women’s Olympic-distance in 1:59:32, returned for a double victory finishing the Sprint-distance in 57:11. Lindy Drugatz, 33, from West Mifflin, Pa. finished second in 1:01:01, and Cristin McDermott, 31, of Pittsburgh, finished third in 1:03:26.

“Today’s better weather made a big difference in my race,” Melzer said. “I’m looking forward to competing next month at the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Mexico.”
Wirth, 28, from Pittsburgh, won the Sprint-distance in 49:17 after finishing second in yesterday’s Olympic-distance event. Following closely behind Wirth, Eric Burnett, 32, from Pittsburgh, finished in 49:58, and Zach Leachman, 15, from Mars, PA finished in 50:54.

“Today’s weather was a lot cooler,” Wirth said. “There was a lot of cheering today. I love that this is a community event.”

Team Pro Bike+Run Tri won the Sprint Distance Relay in 51:45. More than 800 triathletes competed in the two-day event, which benefited Friends of the Riverfront and its work in building and maintaining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

19th Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race
August 14, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

Sprint Distance (20K Bike and 5K Run)

Men
1 David Wirth Pittsburgh, PA 49:17
2 Eric Burnett Pittsburgh, PA 49:58
3 Zach Leachman Mars, PA 50:54
4 Edward Slovenkay Brecksville, OH 52:50
5 Joseph Schlich Steubenville, OH 53:20

Women
1 Heather Melzer Mars, PA 57:11
2 Lindy Drugatz West Mifflin, PA 1:01:01
3 Cristin McDermott Pittsburgh, PA 1:03:26
4 Kerry Bovich Washington D.C. 1:03:27
5 Amanda Downey Pittsburgh, PA 1:04:22

For complete results, go to www.PittsburghTriathlon.org. For questions about timing or results, please email J&A Racing at timing@jandaracing.com.

About Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race
The Pittsburgh Triathlon was created by Friends of the Riverfront in 1998 as a fundraising event that showcases recreational use of the rivers and trails. The Pittsburgh Triathlon, which is produced by P3R, includes the USA Triathlon-sanctioned bike/run/swim event as well as the Adventure Race, a bike/run/paddle in either a kayak or canoe. A Triathlon Sprint—half the distances of full-length Olympic-distance triathlon competition—also is available to participants. The swim portion of the Triathlon is held in the Allegheny River, assuming conditions of the Friends of the Riverfront River Contact policy are met. The Pittsburgh Triathlon has achieved Green Certification by Athletes for a Fit Planet each year since 2010. To register or for more information on the Pittsburgh Triathlon, visit: http://www.PittsburghTriathlon.org.
FACEBOOK: Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race TWITTER @PghTriathlon

About P3R
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is a non-profit organization which promotes the love of long-distance running and enhances community involvement in fitness activities through high quality events open to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Our events will consistently serve the needs of our participants and our sponsors; will engage and reward our volunteers; will enhance the economic well-being of the Pittsburgh region; will partner with public and private entities to create the best possible event experience and partner with appropriate charitable organizations to give back to the community. See more at: http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/about-us
FACEBOOK: P3Revents TWITTER: @P3REvents

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