Clark preps for his specialty at Reef and Run duathalon

Semana Nautica and Reef & Run veteran Jon Clark

Jon Clark tuned up to defend his Semana Nautica Biathlon title this weekend by winning Tuesday night’s Santa Barbara Reef and Run Series duathalon at East Beach.

Tuesday’s event was part of the Semana Nautica summer sports festival.

Clark, 50, a multi-time winner of the biathlon, covered the 1k swim and 5k run in 38 minutes, 56 seconds. His swim time of 14:36 was the fastest of the evening.

The top woman duathalon finisher was Whitney Bruice (7th overall) in 47:00.

RESULTS

The 5k run was won by Scott Engelman in 21:56, with Kristi Miller taking top honors for women (third overall) in 26:45.

In the mile swim, Felipe Rivera took top honors in 18:52 followed by Ed Smith (19:06) and Greg Gaitan (19:11). The top woman was triathlete Lauren Capone in 21:07.

The Semana Nautica Biathlon is on Saturday at 9 a.m. at East Beach.