Litchfield continues to uphold its reputation as a hotbed for multi-sport athletes as two members of the M&M Multi-sport Club recently completed the 2018 Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans on Sunday, Oct. 21.
Mark Stieren and Bill Fleming competed in this year's race, which was scheduled to be comprised of a 1.2 mile swim inside the walls of the South Shore Marina on Lake Pontchartrain, followed by a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. Due to heavy winds, the swim portion of the event was shortened to 600 meters.
Stieren would finish 374th overall of the 917 competitors, the 287th male to cross the finish line. In the men's 55 to 59-year-old age group, he would finish in ninth place.
Stieren's overall time would be five hours, 30 minutes and 55 seconds, with splits of 17:30 for the swim, 3:00:19 for the bike and 2:08:18 for the run.
Fleming would be just behind Stieren, finishing in 378th place with a time of 5:31:32. He would be 291st in the men's division and 20th in the men's 50 to 54-year-old age group.
Fleming would complete the swim in 15:06, the bike in 3:08.51 and the run in 2:01.15.
Stieren and Fleming aren't the only "Ironmen" from Litchfield. Dr. Brian Quarton has completed two Ironman events in the past six months.
On July 14, Quarton finished 104th out of 1,763 competitors in the Ironman 70.3 Muncie in Indiana. His time of 4:59:45 was good enough to rank sixth in the men's 50 to 54-year-old division and 88th amongst all male runners. Quarton would complete the swim in 45:45, the bike in 2:31:00 and the run in 1:37:43.
On Sept. 9, Quarton moved from a half to a full Ironman at the 2018 Ironman Wisconsin in Madison, WI. He would finish in a time of 10:48:26 to claim 114th overall and seventh in his age group. Quarton would complete the swim in 1:19:50, the bike in 5:37:26 and the run in 3:42:07.
The full Ironman Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.22 mile run.