Winning is all in the family

NAWILIWLI — Being in the winners’ circle was a family affair at the recent

Kaua’i Ocean Festival 2000 at Nawiliwili Bay.

Husband-wife team Jed and

Andrea Smith of Kalihiwai took first place respectively in the men and women’s

division of the Kaua’i Off-Road Triathlon.

Then their three-year-old

daughter, Natalia, trophied in the HMSA Body-Boarding Contest held at


Although the event was their first triathlon, Jed Smith, 30, and

his wife Andrea, 36, have a long history of racing together.

“That’s how we

first met — during a bike race,” said Andrea. It was the Powerline Race on the

Fourth of July seven years ago, which they both won as well. The couple haven’t

missed the event since, except when Andrea was pregnant with their daughter


“It was great to have an event like this on Kaua’i,” said Andrea

said about the Off-Road Triathlon. “My daughter was so happy to participate —

especially when she sees mom and dad doing things — and now she had the chance

to compete too!”

Natalia may not be quite ready for the triathlon, but

perhaps soon. At two and a half, she learned to ride a bike without training

wheels, and she is the youngest one on her swim team.

The Kauai Off-Road

Triathlon attracted a total of 18 entrants and the HMSA BodyBoarding Contest a

total of 38 competitors.

The Off-Road Triathlon consisted of a 2/3 mile

swim from the end of the Nawiliwili Jetty to the sands of Kalapaki Beach.

Runners then donned their shoes for an uphill five miles past Menehune Fishpond

Lookout to their waiting bicycles, guarded by Bicycle John Tanner. Mr. Zach

Octavio of the Emergency Medical Response Team provided life safety support

along the route as well.

The 22-mile bike route went through Grove Farm

Land past Kipu and up to the Ha’upu Ridge and through the tunnel. There, the

athletes were greeted by the film crew making a “War to End all Wars” and the

athletes then continued down past Waita Reservoir, the Mill and into Koloa, up

the tunnel of trees. From there, the route returned via the Highway until

turning back into Grove Farm Lands and returning to Nawiliwili Park.


Smiths’ times were 2:07’39 for Ben and 2:18’47 for Andrea.

Second place

men’s division was Jason Iron with a time of 2: 11’09, and Greg Harvey was

third place with a time of 2:18’37. Second place women’s division was Lois

Lutz, just one second behind the first place women’s winner, at 2:18’11. third

place women’s division was Melissa Hall with a time of 2:23’11.


finishers and their times were Paul Hepburn (2:24’56); Erin Struvness

(2:25’21); Greg Fleming (2:26’55); Bill Quintan (2:32’41); Frank Henderson

(2:34’30); Kamika Smith (2:37’21); Androcles Handy (2:43’45); Theresa Jure

(2:43’45); Barney Manaker (3:04’28); David Schad (3:08’09); and Ramon Martinez


Randy Honjo, Race Coordinator of the Off-Road Triathlon said,

“This was the first year we held the Off-Road Triathlon and we were surprised

by how many people participated.”

“We are looking forward to the

continuation of this event as a part of the Kaua’i Ocean Festival, 2001,” he

added. Next year, the Off-Road will take place on Saturday, June 23, 2001.

For more information, call Helen Juliano, 246-3809.

TGI’s Brandon

Sprague contributed to this story.


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