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Bryan Hipson wins Keji triathlon; Yarmouth County resident sets PB for Olympic distance

Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth County reaching the finish line of the Keji triathlon Sept. 23. He was first overall in a field of 30 participants.
Bryan Hipson of Yarmouth County reaching the finish line of the Keji triathlon Sept. 23. He was first overall in a field of 30 participants. - Contributed

Yarmouth County’s Bryan Hipson was triumphant in the inaugural Keji Open Triathlon at Kejimjujik National Park Sunday, posting his fastest time ever for the Olympic-distance triathlon (1.5-kilometre swim, 40K bike and 10K run).

Competing in the male 50-54 category, Hipson posted a clocking of 2:10:40 to finish more than a minute-and-a-half ahead of runner-up Adrian Nauss of Bedford.

Hipson earned a berth in the world Olympic-distance triathlon championships to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September of next year.

Hipson’s splits for the Sept. 23 Keji race were 24:03 for the swim, 1:05:42 for the bike and 37:53 for the run.

Nauss, the second-place finisher (and tops among 30-to-34-year-olds), finished in 2:12: 13.

Nicholas Phillips of Windsor Junction – competing in the male 40-44 division – was third overall in 2:14:49.

On the women’s side, Clare Munroe of Merigomish, but formerly of Yarmouth, led the way with a time of 2:31:17. Competing in the female 45-49 division, she was the ninth finisher overall in Sunday’s race.

Nicole Nickerson of Barrington was the second woman finisher – 12th overall – in 2:39:47. She was in the female 40-44 category.

There were 30 finishers in all.

For Hipson, next on his race schedule is the Rum Runners Relay taking place Sept. 29. He also is looking to do the next day’s Riverport Duathlon.

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