Subaru Triathlon rolls through Steel Lake Park

The mother-daughter team of Diana Shaw and Ellie Shaw roll out of Steel Lake Park on the bicycle portion of the 2007 Subaru Women
The mother-daughter team of Diana Shaw and Ellie Shaw roll out of Steel Lake Park on the bicycle portion of the 2007 Subaru Women's Triathlon on Sunday. Close to 700 women participated in the event, which was celebrating its fourth year in Federal Way.
— image credit: Casey Olson/The Mirror

Mother Nature cooperated in a big way with the 700 women that made their way to Steel Lake Park on Sunday morning for the fourth annual Subaru Women’s Triathlon.

The weather was perfect and the sun was shining down on the waves of women who jumped into the chilly water of Steel Lake for the swim portion of the triathlon.

This year’s event included close to 700 women from all around the Pacific Northwest for the race. The Federal Way event was the third stop on the Subaru circuit.

Triathlons have taken place in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Chicago. The fourth race will be contested next month in San Diego.

Preparations are already under way for Federal Way to host the Subaru Women’s Triathlon for the fifth year in 2008. The city spent $20,000 on the triathlon, with the money coming out of a 1 percent lodging tax, which is charged at local hotels.

The Subaru race, unlike a lot of the bigger triathlons around the country, also got rave reviews from fans and participants because it featured one venue that was able to house transition areas for all three events — swim, bike and run — along with the finish line.

Last year, the Federal Way triathlon drew a little less than 600 participants for the race, which offered athletes a choice of two different distances — a Sprint competition (.75-kilometer swim, 19.5k bike, and 6.5k run, completed as an individual or relay team), and the SuperSprint competition (.375k swim, 13k bike, and 3.4k run). The inaugural event in 2004 brought close to 700 competitors to Federal Way.

The most impressive performance of the day was turned in by Seattle’s Teresa Nelson. Nelson finished the main event sprint course in 1 hour, 15:48 — two minutes ahead of the second-place runner Karin Stender of Seattle. It was the second year in a row that Stender has finished second.

Nelson came out of the swim portion of the event in first place overall and led throughout the race.

The top local finisher was 41-year-old Annie Ravenscroft from Federal Way. Ravenscroft finished 30th in a time of 1:34.42. Lake Tapps’ Kathryn Atwood won the SuperSprint competition in 1:00.11.

Sports editor Casey Olson: 925-5565,

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