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Ossining's Malcolm Piper Wins First Place At St. John's Episcopal Biathlon

Biathlon competitors race to their bikes at the start of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon.
Biathlon competitors race to their bikes at the start of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon. Photo Credit: Sharon Scanlan
Malcolm Piper, overall winner of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon.
Malcolm Piper, overall winner of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon. Photo Credit: Sharon Scanlan.
Florence Chretien, women's division winner of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon
Florence Chretien, women's division winner of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon Photo Credit: Sharon Scanlan
Lily Smallidge and Pippa Nuttall, team winners of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon.
Lily Smallidge and Pippa Nuttall, team winners of the 2014 Church Tavern Biathlon. Photo Credit: Sharon Scanlan

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- St. John's Episcopal Church's fourth annual Church Tavern Biathlon drew a crowd of more than 140 competitors with many local residents topping the charts of the race.

Participants biked a challenging seven-mile course up Church Tavern Road and past Lake Truesdale, followed by a four-mile run up the same road and back to the finish line. Participants raised more than $7,500.

Last year’s second-place finisher, Malcolm Piper of Ossining, took this year’s top tankard in the Labor Day event.

Piper won first place overall with a finish time of 49:46, followed closely by Lucas Smallidge (51:49) and Chad Kutney (52:08), both of South Salem.

In the women’s division, last year’s top overall winner, Florence Chretien of South Salem, took first place (fourth overall) with a finish time of 52:14, followed by Deborah Battyliu of Salt Lake City, Utah (56:25) and Ann Williams of Old Greenwich, Conn., (59:34).

Local 14-year-olds Lily Smallidge of South Salem and Pippa Nuttall of Katonah comprised the youngest relay team and top overall winning team, crossing the finish at 56:39.

Top finishers in each category received an engraved pewter tankard in honor of a former St. John’s Church building that served as a colonial era pub, the “Church Tavern.” Other top performers received pint glasses. For complete race results, click here.

“Thanks to all the racers, supporters, sponsors and volunteers who came out on this steamy Labor Day for another great event," said Brian Stempel, co-race director and St. John’s co-warden.

"One of my favorite things about the race is that people from all age groups and fitness levels compete together - and then we break bread together."

Proceeds will benefit three St. John’s outreach programs: Carpenter’s Kids, supporting Tanzanian HIV/AIDS orphans; The Wounded Warrior Project, aiding injured service members; and The Community Center of Northern Westchester, helping less fortunate with food, clothing and services. To make a donation, visit www.churchtavernbiathlon.com. ?

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