Adam Otstot is going back to the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
The 30-year-old Williamsburg teacher earned a return ticket to the prestigious event on Oct. 13 by winning the amateur title and finishing 12th overall among a field of 2,755 pros and amateurs at the Ironman Texas at The Woodlands on Saturday.
He completed the grueling 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 51 minutes, 45 seconds. Despite temperatures that reached into the high 80s, Otstot's time was a personal best by 21 minutes.
The former William and Mary cross country standout had three goals going into the race: Qualify for the World Ironman, finish in under nine hours for the first time, and be the No. 1 amateur.
"It was a struggle the last nine miles of the run, but fortunately I was able to hold it together and achieve all three goals," Otstot said Sunday afternoon while still recuperating from the physically-exhausting event.
The Rawls Byrd Elementary physical education teacher said he could barely walk after the race, was hurting that night, but was starting to feel better by Sunday afternoon.
Otstot, who won the 2011 USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship, was happy with his performances in all three events. He posted a time of 56:49 in the swim, which was 2 or 3 minutes better than he anticipated. Then he jumped on the bike and had a personal-best time by 11 minutes (4:48:43), then closed with the fastest time by an amateur in the run (3:00:28).
Though having qualified three times for the Ironman World Championship, this will only be Otstot's second time competing there. He made the trip in 2009, finishing 94th overall, the 37th amateur, and 11th out of 89 in his 25-29 age group in 9:27:49.
With his impressive showing on Saturday, Otstot has high hopes of making it into the top-10 among the amateurs come October.
Laura Shannon couldn't match the feats of Jennifer Quarles and John Piggott — all of Williamsburg — but still turned in a stellar performance at the Run for the Dream races in Williamsburg on Saturday and Sunday.
In Sunday's half marathon, Quarles won the women's race and Piggott placed third among the men. Shannon placed third in USATF Masters Championship 8K on Saturday in her 45-49 age group in 32 minutes and 57 seconds, then won her age group by more than six minutes in the half marathon in 1:36:26.
Other Peninsula area age-group winners in the HM included Shane Devlin, 15-19, in 1:33:57; Paul Freiling, 50-54, 1:31:46; and Randy Chambers, 55-59, 1:47:27 for the men, and Emily Honeycutt, 20-24, 1:38:45; Ivonne Luchs, 35-39, 1:43:19; and Patricia Travis, 60-64, in 2:19:45 for the women. ...
Karen Terry, 23, of Newport News broke her own course record to win the women's title in the Lytle Law 5K at the City Center in Newport News on Saturday. Terry, third overall among the 305 finishers, was timed in 18:44. A distant second came Sheila Scotti of Newport News in 20:27.
Steven Brewer of Newport News topped the men in 17:45 while Owen Speer of Hampton was second (18:08).
Jim Crawford, who coached the Patriots 4H Shooting Club/American Legion Post 233 of Varina to a national title last year, is taking his first precision rifle team to the Civilian Marksmanship Program's Junior Nationals in Anniston, Ala., June 29-July 1.
That team will consist of Sarah Osborn of Hampton, David Chasteen-Boyd of Yorktown, and Hannah and Josh Black — both former Yorktown residents now living in Richmond.
Josh Black and Osborn were members of the Patriots' Sporter team that won the JO Nationals last year but no longer shoot in that class.
The Patriots placed second in the state to qualify for the nationals.