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Dave Holden wins triathlon

North Hudson resident Dave Holden was the overall winner of the Croixathlon, a race that includes swimming, biking and running. He held the lead after the swimming portion and continued to lead through the biking and running segments. Submitted photo1 / 2
Anne Salamone of Hudson took first in the 25-29 age category. Submitted photo2 / 2

Dave Holden of North Hudson was the champion of the annual Croixathlon, held Saturday, June 25 at YMCA Camp St. Croix in Hudson. Last week it was incorrectly reported that Kurt Becker of Afton, Minn., was the overall winner.

This was the sixth running of the triathlon which consists of a 1/3 mile swim in the St. Croix, followed by 15 mile bike ride, and 3 mile trail run. Holden, 42, was first out of approximately 250 athletes, with a total time of 1 hour, 6 minutes, 20 seconds.

Always a fast swimmer, Holden was again first out of the water, but unlike the last two years when he was passed on the run and finished second overall, he was able to put enough distance on the other competitors to stay in the lead through the entire race. Holden is a member of the locally based Wild River Triathlon Club, which had 25 of its members competing in the Croixathlon.

Other Wild River club members receiving age group awards were: Anne Salamone (Hudson) first place 25-29; Cheryl Barker (Hudson) first place 40-44; Carolyn Milbrath (Hudson) first 50-54; Mike Colaizy (Osceola) first place 60-64; Lisa Wheeler (River Falls) first place 60-64; Jake Pittman (Hudson) second place 0-19; Trent Johnson (Hudson) second place 35-39; Megan Westoff (Roberts) second place 30-34; Rick Wheeler (River Falls) second place 60-64; Connie Foster (River Falls) second place 60-64; John Sosniecki (River Falls) third place 40-44; Mike Runnheim (Hudson) third place 45-49; Joan Ramquist (River Falls) third place 45-49; Fred Roethlisberger (River Falls) third place 60-plus.

Other Wild River Triathlon Club members completing the Croixathlon were: Nate Edin, Kirk Jacobson, Wally Milbrath, Tim Huntley and Luke Steele from Hudson; Brad and Anne Anez from New Richmond; Tom Meister form St. Croix Falls; Cathleen McGinnity from Luck; Bob Peterson form Barron, and John Meyer form Lake Elmo.

For more information about Wild River Triathlon Club, see