Skeltons finish triathlon event

by Tom Coombe
A father and daughter from Ely went to the extreme and tested their physical limits while completing an activity together.
Stan Stelton and his daughter Taylor both finished the Door County Triathlon on July 17.
The event, held in Wisconsin just north of Sturgeon Bay, involved not only a half-marathon in the form of a 13.1-mile run, but a 1.2-mile swim and a 56.3-mile bike race.
Taylor Skelton, a former Ely high school athlete, won her age group and completed the three events in a combined time of five hours, 36 minutes and five seconds.
Taylor, 29, won the age 25-29 female division in the triathlon.
At age 61, Stan Skelton placed third among males age 60-64 and had a combined time of 5:51:46.
Overall, the triathlon attracted just over 500 athletes, who not only tested their endurance, but weathered temperatures in the low 80s.
For both, it was their first triathlon event.
“We did a practice one down by the Cities, with shorter distances, about three weeks earlier,” said Stan. “Taylor was in the area working, and she’s a traveling physical therapist. She’s been in Hermantown since about February and talked about this and said she was interested so I said ‘why not.’”
A friend of Taylor’s, Joe Fricioni, is an experienced triathlete and won his age group in a sprint triathlon the day before. He provided both support and coaching.
Stan’s wife and Taylor’s mom, Sara Skelton, provides both support and nutrition.
“It was a group effort and family affair,” said Stan.
Stan also offered thanks and a shout out to Alvin at Ely Bike and Kick Sled “and the entire crew at Heavy Metal Sports.”