White Plains Man Wins Biathlon in South Salem

Chris Viskup of White Plains took top honors (first overall) with a finish time of 46:36 and South Salem's Florence Chretien was the top female finisher (second overall) with a time of 50:41.

White Plains resident Chris Viskup outpaced more than 125 area cyclists and runners to take the second annual , presented by h Monday in South Salem.

Participants biked a challenging seven-mile course up Church Tavern Road and past Lake Truesdale, followed by a four-mile run up Church Tavern and back to the finish line.
Viskup took top honors (first overall) in the men's division with a finish time of 46:36, followed by Stamford, CT’s Alex Harris at 53:29 and Danbury, CT’s Steve Cognato at 54:29. 

South Salem, NY’s Florence Chretien was the top female finisher (second overall) with a time of 50:41, followed by Stamford, CT’s Eline De Graaf at 1:00:52 and Amawalk, NY’s Sarah Keating at 1:07:40. 

The winning relay team of South Salem, NY’s Julian Ellin and Belmont, MA’s Charlie Conroy crossed the finish at 52:55.

Click here for complete race results.
Top finishers in each category received an engraved silver tankard, in honor of a former St. John’s Church building that served as a colonial-era pub, the “Church Tavern.”  Racers and supporters celebrated at the finish line with a free barbecue in the St. John’s churchyard, featuring a kids’ play area and live music by Quadrasaurus.

Said Race Director and St. John’s Vestry member Brian Stempel, “We are thrilled that so many people in our community came out this Labor Day, both on the course and off, to once again make the Church Tavern Biathlon a success.  We are especially grateful to participants, spectators and sponsors for helping us honor St. John’s 250-year history while supporting worthy causes - Carpenter’s Kids, The Wounded Warrior Project, and The Community Center of Northern Westchester.” 

Stempel encourages those wishing to make a post-race donation to click here.
The Church Tavern Biathlon’s 2012 sponsors included State Farm Agent Mike Berardino; Pacific Swim/Bike/Run; Dr. Stuart Weitzman; Cross Sport Woman; Douglas A. Treyz, DMD; GoDogDesigns; Nancy Hogan, CPA; Melange Wines; The Neu Group; The David Family; Celeritas Associates, Inc.; Desert Moon; Gossett Brothers Nursery; Therapeutic Acupuncture and Wellness; Second Spring Wellness Studio; Captain Lawrence Brewery; Nature's Temptations; Spring Street Country Deli; and Road ID.
St. John’s Episcopal Parish, with The Reverend Joseph J. Campo as rector, is open to all for weekly worship services at St. John’s Church in South Salem, NY and St. Paul’s Chapel in Vista, NY.  For more information about St. John’s, visit http://stjohnschurchonline.net or call the Parish Office at (914) 763-8273.


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