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Southport Business Owner Wins Grueling New York Duathlon

Easton's Chris Thomas won the American Zofingen race on May 16 in New York.
Easton's Chris Thomas won the American Zofingen race on May 16 in New York. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTON, Conn. -- Easton triathlete Chris Thomas won his first major race of the season last Saturday at the American Zofingen duathlon at the Mohonk Preserve near New Paltz, N.Y.

Thomas finished the race, which some triathletes say is the most difficult in the world, in 7 hours, 20 minutes and 19 seconds.

The race consists of a five-mile run, 84-mile bike ride and 15-mile run in the Catskill Mountains. What makes the course challenging is the hills. The three-loop cycling course includes more than 8,400 feet of elevation gain.

Thomas won by more than 17 minutes. He had the fastest splits in each run leg, and posted the second fastest bike split.

Thomas is one of the nation's top age group triathletes. He is the owner of Personal Training Professionals in Southport.

Complete results are online .

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