On Plymouth Rock

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On August 30th and 31st the Oakley East Coast Rolling O Lab followed in the pilgrims footsteps and landed on Plymouth Rock. It was a big two days for the city, home to the first annual Plymouth Rock Ironman and another Mayflower International Triathlon in the same weekend.

We partnered up with Craig Dolloff the owner of the local sunglass boutique Port Sun and his staff to assist in retail as well as educate the athletes and spectators on Oakley product and HDO technology.

The event started out on Saturday with a rainy registration day that still totaled around 500 athletes for the two events.

There was an International Triathlon, which is slightly longer, then an Olympic Triathlon and it consists of a one-mile swim, 30-mile bike, and then a 6.5-mile run. Then there is the next step up, the Ironman that has a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a grueling finish with a marathon distance run of 26.2 miles.

The day of the race was 82 degrees and sunny with barely a cloud in the sky, while the water was just cold enough for wetsuits at 70 degrees. It was an extremely long day for some, but Ethan Brown took first place in the Triathlon in 2 hours 8 minutes and 25 seconds and the female winner Caitlin Snow, daughter of legendary triathalete Beth Kenney, finished in 2 hours 16 minutes and 12 seconds.

The Ironman winner, Ray Bothello, friend to local Oakley sales rep. Mark Wakeling was heard saying he wasn’t going to do the run, but did, and ended up with a remarkable first place time at 9 hours 24 minutes and 22 seconds. An amazing first Ironman for Ray and Plymouth as well.

We would like to thank the legend Craig Dolloff, the man who trademarked the image of the boat cleat, his family, and staff: Jen, Kelsey, and GG. And also a big thanks to area rep Mark Wakeling and the guys at Fast Forward Race Promotions.

If you would like to learn more about the race, you can check it out at www.plymouthrocktriathlon.com and to check out Port Sun go to www.portsun.com.