Adam Otstot of Williamsburg took care of business on Saturday in preparation for his biggest race of the year — the famed World Ironman in Hawaii on Oct. 13.

What the 30-year-old physical education teacher accomplished was run away with the men's overall title for the second consecutive year at the Patriots Half Ironman at Anniversary Park in Williamsburg. Otstot won the 1.2-mile swim, 58-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run by more than 30 minutes with a time of 4 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds.

Shaun Nichols of Chester was a distant second in 4:44:32.

"I was real happy with how I did," Otstot said. "I was primarily tuning up for the race (World Ironman) in five weeks."

He got off to a good start, placing sixth among his 304 male competitors in the 7 a.m. swim in the James River. After that, Otstot dominated, finishing first in the bike in 2:21:57 and first in the run in 1:17:27.

His overall time could have been better, but with a huge lead, he didn't push himself in the run.

"At the end, I had a lot left," the former William and Mary runner said.

That enabled him to save some strength he'll probably need at the World Ironman. Last year he made a strong showing in his first trip to the event, placing 11th in his age group. This year he sees no reason why he can't top that.

At the Ironman Texas in May, he broke 9 hours for the first time (8:51:45) and won top amateur honors while placing 11th overall.

Otstot wasn't the only Peninsula triathlete to excel over the weekend in Williamsburg. On Sunday, Edith Nault of Poquoson won the women's overall title in the Patriots Sprint — a 750-meter swim, 20K bike, and 5K run — in 1:16:06.

Nault, 24, was at her best in the bike, placing first in 34:20. The last time she competed in the Patriots Sprint was in 2009, placing fifth overall in 1:16:30. The past two years, she had competed in the Patriots Half, finishing third overall in 2010 and fifth last year.

In Saturday's Half, Matt Mlachak of Poquoson, Steven Smith of Hampton and Patricia Holland of Smithfield were among the standouts.

Mlachak, 27, placed seventh overall and topped his 25-29 age group in 4:55:14, while Smith headed the 40-44 class and placed 15th overall in 5:04:40. Holland was fifth overall for the women in 5:28:47 and won her 35-39 division.

Other age-group winners were Terry Oneill of Hampton in the men's 55-59 class (5:59:28) and Tricia Klock of Williamsburg in the women's 40-44 division (5:41:25).

In the Sprint, Avery Gillem, 15, of Williamsburg, finished seventh overall among the women in 1:20:05 and Connie Glueck, 48, of Williamsburg, was third among the masters (1:25:07).

Age-group winners included: Connie Maxwell of Newport News in the 50-54 class, 1:29:05; Candace Velez of Williamsburg, 60-64, 1:49:10; Frank Saunders of Newport News, 65-69, 1:45:03; and Joseph Polinski of Smithfield, 70-74, 1:56:26.


Mary Pancoast is on the campaign trail, trying to get the word out to area youth about the 25th season for the Peninsula High School Bowling League.

Her main message is that it's going to be new and improved. It definitely will be more economical. Last year, it cost $154 to participate, but this year it will only be $100. This includes USBC membership, bowling, and shoes for 16 sessions from mid-November until around mid-February.

The fee will be due on the first day of competition.