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Local athlete wins Iron Girl triathlon
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Flowery Branch resident Michelle McKenzie pedals through the Athleta Iron Girl triathlon Sunday at Lake Lanier Islands. - photo by Brian Oliver

Flowery Branch resident Michelle McKenzie won the Athleta Iron Girl triathlon held Sunday at Lake Lanier Islands, besting a field of more than 1,000 athletes and topping second place Amanda Harpring of Atlanta by almost two minutes.

McKenzie finished the course, which included a 1/3-mile swim, 19-mile bike ride and 3-mile run in one hour, 25 minutes and 48 seconds. She finished the swim in 11:11, the bike ride in 52:22 and the run in 18:24.

Other top local finishers included Sherry Bourrie of Jefferson (1:32:21), who finished third and won the 40-44-year-old division; Christine Grant of Gainesville (1:34:33), who finished seventh overall; and Shelly Wagner of Clermont (1:41:21), who finished 21st overall.

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