Friendly Competition at Spring Lake Youth Triathlon

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:57 PM

Competition is nothing new to Spring Lake’s Kevin Losee, who recently earned a neck-full of medals representing Team Michigan at an elite regional swimming event.

On Saturday, Losee was competing against friends, not foes, in the Spring Lake Youth Triathlon.

“It was a lot of fun, the experience of racing against Drew,” said Losee, 12, who finally moved up to the older age group and was able to compete against friend Drew Fogel, 14, in Saturday’s event.

The pair swim together for the Lightning Swim Club, and looked forward to going neck-and-neck in the triathlon.

Losee exited the water first, but Fogel caught him on the 5-mile bike ride.

“We got to the church and I passed him there,” Fogel said. “I could see him out of the corner of my eye behind me, and it was neck-and-neck. We came in at about the same time. My front tire was even with his back tire.”

Losee got off to a fast start in the run and held on to edge out Fogel by a mere 28 seconds.

“The transition from bike to run, my legs were all wobbly,” Fogel said with a laugh.

“This year, doing it with Drew, having someone who I know to compete against was fun,” Losee said.

“It was a fun competition,” Fogel added.

The pair were two of 38 youngsters ages 5-15 who competed in Saturday’s event. The swim portion of the triathlon took place in the Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center, while the bike and run events took place on the grounds of Spring Lake High School and the surrounding bike paths.

While the older athletes enjoyed competing against each other, several younger kids enjoyed their first completed triathlon.

“It went good,” said 7-year-old Gabe Trask, who wrestles and plays baseball but had never tackled a triathlon before Saturday. “I liked biking the best. The hardest was the running. I was tired.”

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