APPLEGATE LAKE — Rich Arvizo and Melyssa Glatte successfully defended their 2011 Granite Man Triathlon victories Saturday at the 6th annual off-road event at Applegate Lake.

APPLEGATE LAKE — Rich Arvizo and Melyssa Glatte successfully defended their 2011 Granite Man Triathlon victories Saturday at the 6th annual off-road event at Applegate Lake.

Arvizo's record-setting time on the course helped to clear up a controversy, race director Chad Wikander said.

"Because of a buoy problem last year, the swim course was short," Wikander said. "So his 2011 course record had an asterisk next to it."

Wikander has a special interest in the course record: his own 2009 victory was the record going into Saturday's competition.

"Rich now has the legit CR (course record)," Wikander said.

The Granite Man Triathlon consists of a 0.75-mile swim on Applegate Lake, followed by a 13-mile mountain bike ride and a five-mile trail run around the lake. A total of 36 men and eight women finished the triathlon Saturday.

Rounding the first buoy, Arvizo found himself trading strokes with Rogue Valley Masters Swim Team partner Matt Miller, who was competing in the relay team division. There was no one in front to sight on.

"I couldn't see the second buoy," said Arvizo, an Ashland resident. "So I used the shoreline. I figure I swam a little extra."

Arvizo charged out of the water in the second spot, determined to catch the relay team's bicyclist. Focusing on the top relay team members, he knew, could help him take down the individual division course record.

"I finally caught him on the big hill near the end of the bike leg," Arvizo said. "I caught a few of the duathlon bikers along the way."

The bike/run duathlon began at the same time as the triathlon and used the same course. At the finish line, Arvizo discovered he had sliced a full minute off Wikander's 2009 record.

For Glatte, her race almost ended prematurely in the middle of the swim leg.

"I think I was mentally panicked, the whole hyperventilating thing," said Glatte, a Central Point resident. "But I recovered and at that point, I thought if I could get third I'd be happy."

Her mental race pivoted 180 degrees as soon as she hopped on her mountain bike.

"Most people I passed (were) on the paved road, but then I passed two women on the trail," Glatte recalls. "I had to make up for lost time. At that point I was mentally on fire."

Because bikers and runners from the triathlon and duathlon were on the trail together, the finish raised more questions than answers.

"I didn't know, even when I crossed the finish line, that I had won," says Glatte.

In the duathlon, former Crater High cross country and track standout Max Runia broke his own course record by two minutes to finish in 1:29:25. Talent resident Robbin Lacy won the women's division in 1:54:36.

Additional multisport events Saturday included two children's triathlons and a swim-run aquathon.

The Granite Man weekend concluded Sunday with a grueling 10-mile trail run over Collings Mountain.

Ashland's Jenn Shelton won her fourth title in five years in a time of 1:25:39, finishing 10:56 ahead of Maggie Donovan. She came within 15 seconds of the course record she established last year, despite sustaining scrapes and bruises from a fall on a steep downhill pitch.

Without much competition in the women's division, Shelton's strategy was to maintain contact with the men's chase pack.

"You might as well go out with them or you're going to be alone the whole way," Shelton said.

Shelton is a past winner of both the Pear Blossom 10-miler and the Siskiyou Out Back ultramarathon, and she competed in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials last January.

She has significantly changed her training in the past few months.

"I spent all winter (back country) skiing and I felt like my climbing is really coming along," Shelton said. "I just needed a break after the Trials."

Next on Shelton's race calendar is the new 50-mile edition of the Siskiyou Out Back race at Mt. Ashland in July.

The men's winner was a surprise, but this runner is not new to the podium.

Medford runner Trevor Palmer finished in 1:14:43, nearly 10 minutes ahead of his closest rival, Kevin Jantzer. Palmer is a former runner for both Crater High and Southern Oregon University, with a one-mile PR of 4:02. Last fall he ran the Rogue Valley's fastest ever 5-kilometer road race in 14:59.

Granite Man is Palmer's first trail race. He has trained on trails for less than a month.

"I was a little nervous, breaking in my first set of trail shoes, so I didn't know how to attack it," Palmer said. "I took it a little conservative on the uphills, then bombed the downhills, then I had a little more energy left on this last (flat) path."

For a guy used to short races, mountain running presented a few surprises.

"It was tough, "Palmer said. "For me it was more like a half marathon as far as effort level and time. When you're flying downhill and hit an almost 90-degree turn, I had a couple of times where I went right off into the woods."

A note to the top trail runners in the Rogue Valley: Palmer had fun.

"I'll definitely be returning, I'm also running SOB (the Siskiyou Out Back 15-kilometer race)," Palmer said. "My focus has been track for a long time, but I haven't been having as much fun and I want to do some more local races."

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MEN — 1, Rich Arvizo, 47, Ashland, 1:50:22; 2, Scott McIntyre, 24, Ashland, 1:59:08; 3, Paul Imperia, 55, Jacksonville, 2:11:25; 4, Grant Medley, 44, Grants Pass, 2:17:19; 5, Travis Linville, 22, Beaverton, 2:21:01.

WOMEN — 1, Melyssa Glatte, 43, Central Point, 2:12:18; 2, Laura Imperia, 51, Jacksonville, 2:22:21; 3, Kelly Taylor, 33, 2:29:48; 4, Linda Hopkins, 43, Ashland, 2:38:18; 5, Beth Lori, 51, Ashland, 2:38:42.


MEN — 1, Trevor Palmer, 28, Medford, 1:14:43; 2, Kevin Jantzer, 23, Medford, 1:24:04; 3, Travis Jantzer, 18, Medford, 1:25:29; 4, Michael Stadnisky, 29, Ashland, 1:25:29l 5, Nathan Broom, 34, Jacksonville, 1:30:42.

WOMEN — 1, Jenn Shelton, 28, Ashland, 1:25:54; 2, Maggie Donovan, 36, Medford, 1:36:48; 3, Erin Federline, 37, Ashland, 1:47:08; 4, Karolina Wyszynska, 34, Ashland, 1:47:29; 5, Melyssa Glatte, 43, Central Point, 1:47:40.

Daniel Newberry is a freelance writer living in the Applegate Valley. You can reach him at