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The Lavelles are the first husband and wife to win the California race.
Brian Lavelle won the men’s pro elite division of the second annual Santa Cruz International Triathlon on Sunday, joining women’s winner Becky Lavelle as the first husband and wife champions in the young event.
The 36-year-old Brian Lavelle navigated the course, which started in the water off Cowell Beach before sprawling across the Westside for the bike and run legs, in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 50.10 seconds. Competitors swam 1,500 meters, biked 24.8 miles and concluded with a 10k run.
Tommy Zaferes of Aptos was the quickest local, finishing second in 1:46:01.80, and New Zealand’s Dylan McNeice rounded out the top three with a time of 1:46:43.50.
Los Gatos’ Becky Lavelle, 37, clocked in at 1:58:09.80 to win the women’s pro elite group. Alexis Waddel-Smith of Seaside was second in 1:58:52.90 and Santa Cruz’s Kristin Iavarone was the top local in 2:09:56.00, taking third.
Read more: Santa Cruz Sentinel