DAYTONA BEACH — The big winner from Day 2 of the Daytona Challenge at Daytona International Speedway was Team Cognitive Kinetics in the Pro Am Sprint Relay.
The inaugural Daytona Challenge competition features a variety of events for athletes of all ages and abilities. More than 2,000 competitors are participating in a variety of events this weekend.
The action concludes with Sunday’s Middle Distance Pro Triathlon for men and women. The entire pro swim, bike and run course covers more than 70 miles.
Saturday’s winning relay team was Tony Dodds, Bill Christy and Caroline Moore.
They were followed across the finish line by Team Atlantic Coast Triathletes — Dylan McNeice, Adam Barringer and Juan Guevara.
Rounding out the podium was the trio of AJ Baucco, Sgt. Brad Cory and Rudy Garcia-Tolson, who is a double leg amputee. Garcia-Tolson did the run segment of the relay.
Dodds started for his team in the waters of Lake Lloyd, where the temperature was reported at 64 degrees. He swam half a mile in 9 minutes, 40 seconds.
“This is a great event,” Dodds said. “We were talking about this a year ago and now it’s all come together. I’ve been to hundreds of races around the world, and this is the new standard of how athletes should be treated.”
Christy did the 12-mile bike ride (30:29) and Moore finished the relay as the team runner for the 3.1-mile sprint, which she covered in 20:23.
“I just went out there sprinting!” she said. “Bill really shaped my way in racing triathlon, so competing with him and Tony was a special experience.”
Garcia-Tolson is a four-time Paralympic athlete, who has earned multiple Paralympic medals in swimming. He has become a crowd favorite this weekend.
He completed the 3.1-mile sprint in 23:19.
“Nothing like running around the Speedway,” he said. “And I'm already challenging these guys to a rematch next year. We’re coming for you.”
The overall male sprint winner was Andrea Ugazio, while the top female was Kerry Girona.
Enrique Merkado captured overall top honors in the Sprint Duathlon (run-bike-run), while Monica Diaz topped the women’s results.
Sunday’s Middle Distance Pro Triathlon will start at 7 a.m. with the swimming segment in Lake Lloyd. The overall winner is expected to post a time just over four hours.