Bud Lite Triathlon now at Lums Pond

June 12, 1992|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,Staff Writer

Alas, it is no more, but thousands will remember the Baltimore Triathlon with fond memory, particularly Jimmy Riccitello.

When the former Baltimore stop on the Bud Light Triathlon Series begins Sunday at 7 a.m. in Lums Pond State Park near Wilmington, Del., Riccitello will be on hand as defending champ.

"I'm going to miss the Baltimore course," said the Arizonan, "because, to me, it's as good a layout as we race, even though I didn't do too well on it until last year."

See, it's the humidity on the East Coast that doesn't play well on the cardiovascular systems of the folks from out west, especially ones who hail from Tucson.

"One year," recalls Riccitello, "I was second getting off the bike and ended up finishing 15th. Everybody went by me on the run. I felt like diving into the water when we were running around Fort McHenry."

Recall, it was overcast and drizzling here last June when Jimmy cruised to an impressive victory in front of the customary 2,000-participants field. It started his best year as a triathlete, Riccitello winning three events and finishing second in four others.

"I started out as a swimmer in high school. I was just mediocre, but I needed something to do," he says. "When I got to college [University of Arizona], I had an instrustor in water polo who was into triathloning and he got me started."

Swimming, biking and running have become such an integral and intense part of Riccitello's life, he still finds himself a year shy of his degree. But the regimen which sees him bike 360 miles, run 42 miles and swim 22,000 yards weekly has been good to him. He has numerous sponsors, the Saucony Shoe Company being the big one and the sponsor of his team.

Riccitello won the first Bud Light event in Phoenix a month ago and expects to compete in all nine triathlons that make up the series, plus the series championship in Las Vegas in September. He finished second to Brad Kearns in prize money in the Coke Grand Prix last year. Joy Hansen, who will compete Sunday, was the women's victor.

Triathlon

* What: The 1992 Bud Light Triathlon Series -- a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and a 10K run open to amateurs and professionals of all age groups.

* When: Sunday, June 14, 1992. Race begins at 7:30 a.m. for professionals and 7:45 a.m. for amateurs.

* Where: Lums Pond State Park in Delaware (approx. 30 miles from Wilmington). Take I-95N to Rt. 896 S.E. Go approximately 5 miles south on 896 and look for a small blinking light and a sign on the right for the park. Turn left on Howell School Road and the park is on the right.

* Entries: Registration is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow . Entry fees are $60 for adults, $30 for juniors and $75 for relay teams.

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