Posted by: Dennis Green | August 22, 2011

Pigman Long – Not Too Hot, but Smokin’ All The Same

Whatever sacrifice Head Pigman John Snitko has been making to the weather gods this year has certainly been effective.  Both Pigman races featured some of the nicest weather in recent memory.  For the 2011 edition of the Pigman Long, the morning dawned clear and pleasant, with no hint of the fog that delayed the swim start in 2009 or the gale force winds that slowed the bike to a crawl in 2009.

As has been the case for eight of the fourteen Pigman Long events, the men’s race was dominated by David Thompson.  The Minneapolis pro demolished his course record by nearly five minutes, finishing in a blistering 3:53:01. The Tulsa Sloans had a pretty good day as well.  Jennifer Sloan won the women’s race in 4:36:17, less than a minute off the course record, and her husband Chuck took second on the men’s side. 2009 Women’s champ Kortney Haag was second.

The Pigman Long was a qualifying race for Team USA at the Long Distance World Championships.  Elite times don’t count in qualifying for Worlds, so many chose to race age group.

There was a little star power among the spectators as well.  Wrestling legend Dan Gable was at the race, cheering on his daughter Molly Olszta, whose G Team win the female team crown. Kathy Gable was quick to point to her daughter’s newborn son dozing in a nearby stroller, noting that Molly was tackling the swim only a few weeks after his birth.

“Now, that takes toughness,” Grandma said.

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