continued "I run cross country (at the University of Buffalo), and I like endurance stuff," said Rossi, who completed the course in a time of 1 hour, 2:11. "I'd like to do an Ironman before I die, so I thought I'd start here."
"The run is hard because it ends on an uphill, but it's a nice race -- even for beginners," added Slingerlands resident Kim Donovan, who won the women's 40-44 age division with a time of 1:11:03.
Pine Bush Triathlon coordinator Karen Hennet said the reason why the event attracts both seasoned veterans and newcomers is because it's designed to be an accessible course.
"A lot of people start out by entering as part of a team, and then they'll come back the next year and do (the whole course) themselves," said Hennet.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School track standout Courtney Tedeschi has adapted well to the rigors of running a triathlon. After placing third overall last year, Tedeschi won the women's title in her second try with a time of 1:06:46.
"I don't swim or bike until (the triathlon)," said Tedeschi. "My practice in those events is the race."
Tedeschi will wait a while to train seriously for triathlons, though. She still has one year left of cross country and track at BKW, followed by a collegiate running career.
"Once I get out of college, I want to compete in marathons and triathlons," said Tedeschi, who won the Division II (small school) title in the girls 2,000-meter steeplechase at last month's state track meet. "I think I can do really, really well."
Pine Bush Triathlon results
Top three overall: 1. Christopher McCloskey (Albany) 55:21; 2. Bill Davis (Delmar) 55:35; 3. Nicholas Rindenella (Harvard) 56:48
Age group winners
15-19: Jared Short (Ballston Spa) 1:02:38
20-24: Mike Rossi (Niskayuna) 1:02:11
25-29: Kyle Konopnicki (Saratoga Springs) 59:59