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Disabled youth compete in Skinnyman triathlon

Shane Lauer, who is affected by Duchenne's muscular distrophy, is pushed through the Skinnyman course on a special stroller.

Shane Lauer, who is affected by Duchenne's muscular distrophy, is pushed through the Skinnyman course on a special stroller. Joe Genco

The Two Smiles foundation website describes the disease as having no cure: “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy or DMD, as it is commonly referred to, is a fatal genetic disorder and to date remains the number one genetic killer of children worldwide. Children born with the disease, almost all boys due to the disorder attaching itself to the X chromosome, are unable to properly manufacture the Dystrophin Protein.”

After having a positive experience at the Skinnyman, the Willis twins are hoping to compete in the Boston Marathon next year again with the help of Athletes serving Athletes.

Event results

The Skinnyman is a sprint triathlon, consisting of an 800-yard swim in Skaneateles Lake, 11-mile bike on the west side of the lake and a 3-mile run on the east side of the lake. More than 500 people competed in the event, 83 of whom also competed in the “I’m All That,” challenge a competition including four SkanRaces events over the course of the weekend.

This year’s overall winner was Matthew Migonis, of Hamilton, N.Y., who finished in 56:34. The top female finisher was Mae Lankes, of Skaneateles, who finished in 1:07:24.

The winner of the co-ed relay class, in which three people compete each completing a different leg of the course, was Red Ram Triathlon, a team of three students and athletes from Jamesville-Dewitt High School. The team, Ben Katsarsky (swim), Will Cote (bike) and Rachel Fairbanks (run), said they entered the race at the suggestion of Cote’s father but didn’t have any expectation on how they would do.

The members of the team said that the race came with different set of challenges than what they were used to while running track or swimming in high school.

“The swim was really different for, me you have to know how to pass people, and you have to look up a lot fo the buoys and to know where to turn,” Katsarsky said.

Though the events took place at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, some Skaneateles residents came out to cheer on the racers, even if they didn’t know anyone competing personally.

Since their induction, the races have become a staple of the Labor Day weekend celebrations, John Vincent, of Skaneateles, said.

“It’s a great weekend, even if you stayed up late Friday night, you’ve got to be here for this,” Vincent said.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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