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July 15, 2013

A smaller Dam Triathlon

Winning times slower, fewer people finish at Amesbury race

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In 2011, Manchester, N.H., resident Peter Mallet posted the fastest time in the men’s race, before being assessed a 2-minute penalty for veering off the course. He ended up placing fourth overall. He claimed that a volunteer steered him in the wrong direction.

In addition to the confusion at the front of the pack this year, there were fewer racers in general. Last year’s race had 66 more finishers — 413 compared to 347 this year — despite the fact that Saturday morning offered near-perfect conditions for racing, 70 degrees and cloudy.

Lamb caught the triathlon bug five years ago after racing in a sprint triathlon in Gloucester. She competed in the National Triathlon Championships in Burlington, Vt., in 2011, and earned an invitation to the 2012 World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand. This September, she will compete in the World Championships again, this time in London.

“It’s a passion and something I enjoy doing,” Lamb said. “I have two boys, and I’m hoping to set a good example for them by staying active and being healthy. I do triathlons because it’s a lot of fun. It’s positive, and there are a lot of happy people who do it. I’ve met so many awesome people along the way. This was my first time at the Dam, and I’d heard great things. The atmosphere was happy and positive, and it’s contagious.”

Lamb, like Damm, races with FitWerks out of Peabody. She was proud that such a large contingent of FitWerks racers earned spots on the podium.

“Shaina has won it in years past, and she’s an amazing triathlete,” Lamb said. “She does Ironmans, so I got lucky and squeaked it out at this distance. She had a great race as well. Tons of FitWerks people had great performances. I feel fortunate to wear the FitWerks kit.”

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