10th Year For Serpent’s Back Duathlon

William Allen, 23, was the winner in 1 hour, 26 minutes, and 46 seconds
Chris Carney and his wife, Elisa, were the duathlon’s coed relay winners. Jack Graves

    The news at the 10th Serpent’s Back duathlon in Montauk Sunday was that Brian Wolff, who is sponsored by Carl Hart Bicycles of Middle Island, did not win.

    Wolff, who had won this run-mountain bike-run race six times — the past four years running — finished 10th this time, “which was quite amazing,” said the race director, Mike Bahel, “considering that he had a flat at mile 4 of the [13-mile] bike.”

    William Allen, 23, was the winner, said Bahel, in 1 hour, 26 minutes, and 46 seconds. The runner-up was Chris Dailey, 54, of Farmingdale, in 1:29:45.

    Montauk’s Dan Farnham gained time — and was disqualified as a result — when he failed to follow the arrows on Bahel’s somewhat altered bike course. “Otherwise,” said Bahel, who owns the Body Tech fitness studios in Amagansett and Montauk, “he would have been fourth, and Chris Robbins, who made the same mistake — they were programmed to go left at a certain spot rather than right — would have been third.”

    Kim Ely repeated as the women’s winner (and was 12th over all) in 1:45:11.

    Caroline Cashin, despite having given birth not long ago, was the women’s runner-up (and 23rd over all) in 2:00:00.

    The winning male relay team comprised Dan Boerem Jr. and Nick Wetzel, both of Montauk, in 1:38:12. Vanessa Mothes and Rikki Furman, both of East Hampton, were the winning women’s relay team, in 2:00:10, and Chris and Elisa Carney won the coed relay division in 1:46:47.

    There were 60 participants in all, including Bahel, who said “some of the money we’ll give to the Montauk Playhouse project, and some to Kevin McAllister, the Baykeeper.”