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Clayton, Nelson win Buzz Ryan Triathlon

Competitors churn up Island Lake at the start of a 500-yard swim, the first leg of the Buzz Ryan Triathlon on Sunday morning. (Steve Kuchera / / 6
Elaine Nelson of Duluth runs through the woods along Island Lake during the Buzz Ryan Triathlon on Sunday. Nelson was the top female finisher. (Steve Kuchera / / 6
Mitchell Clayton of Forest Lake, Minn., prepares to dismount his bike, ending for him the second leg of Sunday’s Buzz Ryan Triathlon near Island Lake. Clayton won the race. Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com3 / 6
Siiri Hakala (left) of Aurora and Rhys Ceglar of Hoyt Lakes, both 13, leave the transition area to begin their bike rides in Sunday’s Buzz Ryan Triathlon. The two competed on the Half Buzzed course. (Steve Kuchera / / 6
Wearing a full face mask, Melony Sasser of Superior nears the end of the swimming leg of Sunday’s Buzz Ryan Triathlon. (Steve Kuchera / / 6
Stu Kubow helps daughter Harper, 2, ring a bell during Sunday’s Buzz Ryan Triathlon at Island Lake. They were cheering on Lois Kubow — Stu’s mother and Harper’s grandmother. (Steve Kuchera / / 6

Mitchell Clayton of Forest Lake, Minn., outdueled Duluthian Brian Bich to win the men’s half of the Buzz Ryan Triathlon on Sunday near Island Lake.

Clayton, 21, finished the 500-yard swim, 12-mile bicycle ride and 2.5-mile run in 51 minutes, 48 seconds to finish ahead of the 19-year-old Bich (53:02), whose father, Brian, has won a number of Brewhouse Triathlons.

Clayton was fourth after the swimming portion but caught up by winning the bike race.

Bill Kelley, 45, of Wrenshall was third.

Elaine Nelson captured the women’s race in 53:16, nearly three minutes ahead of fellow Duluthian Bettina Keppers. Keppers was ahead after the swim before Nelson pulled away in the running event.

Jeanne Fleck of Proctor was third.