2015-08-13 / Around Town

Race the State Winner

David Fitzgerald David Fitzgerald Middletown resident David Fitzgerald won the inaugural Race the State, the multi-sport event created and organized by Manuka Sports Event Management.

Fitzgerald and 40 competitors and teams started out at 6 a.m. on Aug. 9, running five miles through Little Compton, paddling three miles across the Sakonnet River, running 7.5 miles from Middletown to Newport, kayaking 5.6 miles to Narragansett via a portage in Jamestown, and then cycling 28.5 miles from Narragansett through South Kingstown, Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown, before finishing in Westerly.

Fitzgerald finished the course with an elapsed time of 5 hours, 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

“The most challenging part of the course was the last 10 miles. I started to cramp up and had to stop pedaling,” said Fitzgerald. “I love the concept and the course. I’ve done triathlons and other races in the past, but spanning the whole coastline and different stages was great.”

North Kingstown resident Kristen Ralphs won the female division with an elapsed time of 7:42:01.

In the team divisions, local Jamestown business Kettlebottom’s four-person team took top honors with an elapsed time of 5:02:48. In the three-person team, 33 Donahue won with an overall time of 6:33:26 and NWC Warriors won the two-person division with a time of 7:41:53.

All competitors were required to have a support team assisting with logistics throughout the race and race organizers had more than 65 volunteers both on water and off stationed throughout the course.

A portion of all entries benefited Special Olympics Rhode Island.

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