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By Robert Miner For The Times Leader

Brandon Chacken runs over the Market Street Bridge to finish the first leg of the race in front of Greg Klusewitz.
Brandon Chacken runs over the Market Street Bridge to finish the first leg of the race in front of Greg Klusewitz.
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11th annual Wilkes-Barre Duathlon results

Top 3 Male Overall Award Winners

1. Chris Garges, 39, Bethlehem, 1:17:3

2. Tim Scanlon, 41, Philadelphia, 1:22:08

3. Brian Hilburt, 36, Wilkes-Barre, 1:23:18

Age group winners: 14 & under: Rob Baran, Plains Twp., 1:30:41. 15-19: John Kane, Shavertown, 1:40:37. 20-24: Justin Baran, Bear Creek Twp., 1:50:02. 25-29: George Watson, Dickson City, 1:35:47. 30-34: Scott Barnes Jr., DuPont, 1:47:54. 35-39: Jeremy Garges, Perkasie, 1:24:09. Masters division: 40-44: William Deemer, Kingston, 1:28:02. 45-49: Mikael Hanson, New York City, 1:23:56. 50-54: Mike Brown, Milford, 1:29:40. 55-59: Sid Halsor, Dallas, 1:41:27. 60-64: John Holley, Mehoopany, 1:47:20. 65-69: Ron Rawls, Mountain Top, 1:48:13. 70 & over: Len Sowinski, Scott Twp, 1:47:50.

Top 3 Female Overall Award Winners

1. Deedra Porfirio, 38, W. Pittston, 1:32:28

2. Kelly Adamshick, 35, Dallas, 1:35:54

3. Susann Davis, 49, Scott Twp., 1:44:08

Age group winners: 14 & under: none. 15-19: Rachel Olszewski, Dallas, 1:52:05. 20-24: Rachel Lacek, Manheim, 1:52:34. 25-29: Danielle Hirt, Wyomissing, 1:56:40. 30-34: Jacquelyn Stevenson, Mountain Top, 1:46:08. 35-39: Julie McGroarty, Hagerstown, Md., 1:46:09. Masters division: 40-44: Janelle Kellman, Sausalito, Calif., 1:44:24: 45-49: Deana Manzoni, Dallas, 1:51:35. 50-54: Deb Barcklow, Wilkes-Barre, 1:46:47. 55-59: none. 60-64: none. 65-69: none. 70 & over: none.

Relay team winners: Male team: Cedar Bike & Paddle (Jacob Fetterman, David Kisenwether), Sugarloaf, 1:21:44. Female team: Cedar Bike & Paddle (Kathy Bilbow, Rachel McDonald), Mountain Top, 1:46:31. Coed team: Intensity Too (Sarah Lacey-Gensel, Brandon Chackan), 1:33:12.

Field: 111. Official starter: Sean Robbins. Pace car: US National Guard Sergeant Major Glenn Frantz. Announcer: Suzanne Youngblood. Timing and results: Compuscore (www.compuscore.com). USA Triathlon Association referee: Lorrie Beck. Duathlon web site: www.wbduathlon.com. Race Director: Chris Mochin. YMCA Executive Director:Jim Thomas.

Upcoming schedule

Sunday, June 29: Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley’s Garden Village Splash and Dash Youth Races at the JCC Camp, Harveys Lake at 9 a.m. Info: Lou Ciampi, 570-654-4040 or Tracey McGurk, 570-709-1827.

WILKES-BARRE — Chris Garges and Deedra Porfirio ran to easy, wire-to-wire victories in the 11th annual Wilkes-Barre Duathlon on Father’s Day morning.

Garges, 39, of Bethlehem, ran and biked his way to victory, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 35 seconds. Tim Scanlan, 41, of Philadelphia, finished second in 1:22:08. Wilkes-Barre’s own Brian Hilburt, 36, finished third in 1:23:18.

The win was Garges’ third in the race that featured a 3.1-mile run, a 16.5-mile bike and another 3.1-mile run. The race was slightly longer this year than in the past due to construction work at one point along the route.

“The weather really helped this year — it was so cool!” an excited Garges said after his win. “Usually the heat is a problem. But not today. I felt good throughout the entire race. I had a good ride. And I felt strong over the run.”

In past races, Garges had defeated Sean Robbins, the area’s top duathlete and triathlete, twice. Last year, Robbins defeated Garges. But Robbins, 44, of Shavertown, was not in action this year, due to surgery.

“It wasn’t the same this year without Sean out there pushing me,” Garges said. “I tried to be smart, because without Sean running and biking with me, it was really hard to gauge and get into a good pace. But it feels great picking up my third win in this race.”

Three proved to be the charm for Porfirio.

Two years ago she finished third. And last year she finished second.

The 38-year-old from West Pittston broke the tape in 1:32:28. Kelly Adamshick, 35, of Dallas, finished second in 1:35:54. Susann Davis, 49, of Scott Township, placed third in 1:44:08.

“It’s awesome,” Porfirio said of the win. “The run is my strong event. The bike is another story. I normally get passed by some females during the bike. And then I try to make up the time over the run.

“But today I was never passed by a female on the bike. I knew, because no females passed me on the bike, that if I could just get into a nice, strong pace, I would be OK.”


Garges’ brother Jeremy, 38, of Perkasie, finished fifth in 1:24:09. The Garges brothers competed in motocross for 10 years. Then, 11 years ago, they turned to running and biking.

Chris Garges finished this year’s Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 52 minutes. It was his third-best finish in 10 attempts at Boston.

Jen Heck, 43, of West Wyoming, who hasn’t trained much at all of late, bought a bike and decided to give the Duathlon a go. And she finished second in the 40-44 age group, clocking in at 1:48:54.

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