Jordan Rapp first to successfully navigate the Soma

Jordan Rapp ended his season in fine form, winning the popular Soma Triathlon in the heart of America's Canyon Southwest.


Rapp, having conquered triathlon's first four events swim, bike run and nutrition finally nailed the fifth and, for him, most elusive event, course navigation. The talented second-year pro fought off urges to veer his bike from the highway onto private drives, dirt trails, and roads less traveled, staying the course and prevailing in 96-degree heat to win in 4:01:46.


Young Mr. Rapp's resuscitated sense of direction, risen from the ashes like a Phoenix, appropriate took place in Phoenix (actually Tempe). Exiting the swim in third, he posted the fastest bike (2:08:43) and run (1:22:03) splits of the day. Second and third were Karol Kristov (4:10:41) and Andrew Hodges (4:12:08).


Katie Ellis, out of the 20-24 age group, sped to the fastest women's time with a fine 4:32:26. Talented Donna Phelan, returning to the race course after three consecutive years of career-threatening injuries, was next home in 4:39:07.