The Sea Dog Swim was held recently at the Little River Reservoir. Participants had the option of swimming 1 kilometer, 3 kilometers or 5 kilometers. There were eight swimmers in the 1 kilometer wetsuit category with JC Besner winning the title in 15:44. Three swimmers took on the 1 kilometer without a wetsuit and Elaine Boulanger won the traditional title. In the 3 kilometer distance, Earle Burrows was the top wetsuit swimmer and Elizabeth Sieffert was the top traditional swimmer. There were 24 swimmers in the 3 kilometer swim. In the 5 kilometer distance, Martin Larose won the wetsuit category and Lindsay Clifford was the top traditional swimmer. There were 14 swimmers in the 5 kilometer swim.
The first big story of the Sea Dog Swim was Elizabeth Sieffert. She is the owner of a treatment clinic in the Fredericton area. In the past, Elizabeth represented Canada many times in triathlon. She has finished the Ironman distance six times. You would not be able to tell her age (54) by her performance in Saint John. Without a wetsuit, she also swam faster than all of the other 3K swimmers with the wetsuit advantage. Earle Burrows is a top competitor with Ironman experience and he finished just behind her. Elizabeth handled the pressure with a steel calm.
The second big story of the Sea Dog Swim was Martin Larose. He won the 5K swim and immediately started preparing for the Swim-Run event which took place afterwards. It involved 5 run distances with 4 swim distances in between. Martin also has Ironman experience and he bolted to the lead without hesitation in the first run portion. Steve Vienneau, Coach Coffin, Paul Looker and Chandler Scott all fell behind despite the fact that none of us had participated in the preceding swims. Martin won the Swim-Run by over 3 minutes. The top woman was Julia Besner.
For anyone considering trying a Swim-Run, you are allowed to bring buoyancy aids and paddles but you must run with anything you use in the water. It was a lot of fun and I was especially motivated by the teams. Nicky Scott and Shelby Scott. Francesca Walsh and Jodi Schnare. Mike Lee and Shannon Lee. They had to stay within 10 meters of each other through the whole event. Daryl Steeves always includes a nice twist at events that he is involved with. I hope he continues with this special category.