Buddy Green snapped the three-year run of Lockerby Composite teacher Kerry Abols, taking full advantage of a seven-minute lead coming out of the water after the opening swim leg and clocking an overall time of 2:14:58.
That was about two minutes faster than second-place finisher Clinton Lahnalampi (2:16:46), with Abols in third at 2:18:04.
"I knew in the weeks leading up to it that the make or break of the race was going to be the canoe," said Green on Monday.
A few years removed from his aspirations of competing with the Canadian triathlon elite, Green is enjoying his re-immersion into the scene, even moreso with the motivation of four-year old son. Hudson, at his side, with the two finishing the race hand in hand.
"It's no secret that I've struggled with my weight the past three years," said Green. "But it's coming down now, slowly, and I've set a couple of goals for some fun races I'd like to do in the next couple of years."
On the ladies side, former Cambrian cross-country standout Amanda Kosmerly (2:25:25) survived a frantic push by Sara McIlraith (2:25:53) through the run, breaking the line just 18 seconds ahead of the 2012 female champion.
Kosmerly had a slight edge after the swim, increased it to almost four minutes over the swim and paddled to an almost dead-even split with McIlraith before tackling the run. With the latter making up more than three minutes on the closing leg of the quadrathlon, Kosmerly had built up just enough cushion to hold on for the crown.
Laurentian cross-country runner Emily Marcolini (2:29:16) and race veteran Tamara Flannigan (2:45:04) rounded out the ladies field, with a total of 13 men completing the gruelling challenge.
The overall best time in the various groupings of teams came courtesy of Beaton Up! (Jack Kosmerly, James Larmer, John Larmer, Derek Reid), with the quartet racing through in 2:01:51, just over three minutes ahead of L.N.O.P. (Serge Loiselle, Mike Nawalaniec, Brian O'Neil, Liam Passi) in 2:05:10.
Following are the top finishers in the various combinations, as well as a full listing of all solo competitors:
Buddy Green – 2:14:58
Clinton Lahnalampi – 2:16:46
Kerry Abols – 2:18:04
Drew Thompson – 2:23:02
Colin Ward – 2:24:58
Todd Withers – 2:30:26
Thomas Gore – 2:40:00
Denis Lefebvre – 2:45:30
Alex Rose – 2:47:40
Collin Mecke – 2:53:15
Darren Kleven -3:01:26
Andrew Dipsell – 3:04:40
Dave Hawkins – 3:10:18
Amanda Kosmerly – 2:25:25
Sara McIlraith – 2:25:53
Emily Marcolini – 2:29:16
Tamara Flannigan – 2:45:04
Team Bradbury (Emily Bradbury, Nicole Bradbury) – 2:58:25
Moderation Mavens (Elizabeth Priebe, Sara Goulding) – 3:03:40
Team Hanson (David Hanson, Jacob Hanson) – 2:52:41
The Bat's Wrath (Rob Gregoris, Julie Rathwell) – 2:19:20
Richard Simmons Fan Club (Katherine Knight, Chris Hey) – 2:20:03
Yogis and the Bear (Laura Stanyon, Marc Nellis, Bridget King) – 2:25:49
Team Henninger (Astrid Henninger, Conrad Henninger, Adrian Lightstone, Annegret Henninger) – 2:36:29
Beaton Up! (Jack Kosmerly, James Larmer, John Larmer, Derek Reid) – 2:01:51
L.N.O.P. (Serge Loiselle, Mike Nawalaniec, Brian O'Neil, Liam Passi) – 2:05:10
Four WomenAPTT (Tiffany Locke, Alison Aho, Patricia Hennesey, Philippa Spoel) – 2:45:01
Mommie's Dearests (Tatiana Allore, Martine Skierszkan, Sophie Skierszkan, Juliana Skierszkan) - 2:50:52