Adam Nicholson of Antigo, left, claimed the victory, chased closely all the while by second-place man Timothy Weber of Tomahawk in the MK Triathlon at Jack Lake on a picture-perfect Langlade County summer Saturday.

Beautiful mornings, athletic competition and good causes don’t collide any more effectively than what went down at Jack Lake on Saturday.

The MK Triathlon and Splash-n-Dash races were back, on a July day that Bob Ross couldn’t paint any better.

The MK Triathlon crown was earned by Antigo’s own Adam Nicholson with a sparkling time of 1:27:58.1. Not far behind was Tomahawk’s Timothy Weber, clocking in at 1:34:27.9. Michael Bauknecht, racing out of Watertown, was third at 1:46:17.9.

Andrea Medo of Bryant was the top female athlete, her time a strong 1:50:13.7.

The Kids Splash-n-Dash race kicked off the morning, and it was another Antigo victory, with Egan Trabant McKenna clocking a precise time of 4:00.0. Holland Tainter was the top girls racer with her time of 4:07.1. The rest of the youth racers in order of finish were Alexis Federman, Layla Tainter, Caden Sheldon, Eleanor Tassler, Amelia Weberpal, Madelynn Weberpal, Lucy Zwicky, Frances Zwicky, Layne Sheldon, Levi Weberpal and Andrew Tainter.

In the Splash-n-Dash race, it was Ella Spitz of Chippewa Falls finishing on top with a time of 32:20.9. A pair of Antigo racers, Noah Fittante and Lillian Tassler, were second and third, respectively. The top five was rounded out by Bob Talda of Illinois and Sara Pitterle from Summit Lake.

On the team side, it was the Spud Runners winning the MK Triathlon and Team Heather and Haley dominating the Splash-n-Dash.

The event returned after the pandemic hiatus, and always in honor of founder Michelle Koss. Her goal was to build an event as the primary fundraiser for the Antigo Swim Club, to encourage a healthy dose of physical activity and bring our community together in a positive atmosphere.

Every athlete, organizer, and spectator there on Saturday was feeling that vibe.

The MK Triathlon involved the gauntlet of a 500-meter swim, 15-kilometer bike, and five-kilometer run. Splash-n-Dash competitors went for a 500-meter swim and a five-kilometer run.

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