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South Salem Church Biathlon Draws 125 Entrants

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – More than 125 area cyclists and runners gathered Labor Day to compete in the second annual Church Tavern Biathlon hosted by St. John’s Episcopal Church, easily topping last year’s inaugural event number of 73.

Participants biked a 7-mile course up Church Tavern Road and past Lake Truesdale, followed by a 4-mile run up Church Tavern Road and back to the finish line.

In the men’s division, White Plains’s Chris Viskup took top honors (first overall) with a time of 46:36, followed by Alex Harris, of Stamford, Conn., at 53:29 and Steve Cognato, of Danbury, Conn., at 54:29.

South Salem’s Florence Chretien was the top female finisher (second overall) with a time of 50:41, followed by Stamford’s Eline De Graaf at 1:00:52 and Amawalk’s Sarah Keating at 1:07:40. The winning relay team of South Salem’s Julian Ellin and Charlie Conroy, of Belmont, Mass., crossed the finish at 52:55.

Complete race results are available at http://results.active.com/pages/page.jsp?eventLinkageID=144442 .

Top finishers in each category received an engraved silver tankard, in honor of a former St. John’s Church building that served as a Colonial-era pub, the “Church Tavern.”

Racers and supporters celebrated at the finish line with a free barbecue in the St. John’s churchyard, featuring a kids’ play area and live music provided by Quadrasaurus.

“We are thrilled that so many people in our community came out this Labor Day, both on the course and off, to once again make the Church Tavern Biathlon a success,” said Brian Stempel, race director and St. John’s Vestry member. “We are especially grateful to participants, spectators and sponsors for helping us honor St. John’s 250-year history while supporting worthy causes - Carpenter’s Kids, The Wounded Warrior Project, and The Community Center of Northern Westchester.”

Stempel said those who wish to make a post-race donation can log on to https://www.raceit.com/Fundraising/?event=12328 .

The Church Tavern Biathlon’s 2012 sponsors included State Farm Agent Mike Berardino; Pacific Swim/Bike/Run; Dr. Stuart Weitzman; Cross Sport Woman; Douglas A. Treyz, DMD; GoDogDesigns; Nancy Hogan, CPA; Melange Wines; The Neu Group; The David Family; Celeritas Associates, Inc.; Desert Moon; Gossett Brothers Nursery; Therapeutic Acupuncture and Wellness; Second Spring Wellness Studio; Captain Lawrence Brewery; Nature's Temptations; Spring Street Country Deli; and Road ID.

St. John’s Episcopal Parish, with the Rev. Joseph Campo as rector, is open to all for weekly worship services at St. John’s Church in South Salem and St. Paul’s Chapel in Vista. For more information about St. John’s, visit http://stjohnschurchonline.net , or call the parish office at 914-763-8273 .

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