The United States captured several titles and medals at the International Triathlon Union World Championship, which was held in Beijing between Sept. 7 and 11.

Seventy-year-old Santa Monica resident Peggy McDowell-Cramer competed in both the ITU Aquathlon World Championship and the ITU Triathlon World Championship in her age group.

McDowell-Cramer claimed the gold medal in the Age Group Aquathlon on Sept. 7, posting a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 55 seconds.

She took the silver in the Age Group Triathlon on Sept. 11.

Another Santa Monica resident, Danielle McLaughlin, took a gold medal in the Paratriathlon, a division of triathlon that incorporates athletes with disabilities, on Sept. 10.

McLaughlin, a relative newcomer to the sport, said that she is thrilled she could participate.

“I feel like I’m in a daydream after winning nationals and getting to wear the USAT uniform. It’s a great experience,” she said.

— Colin Newton


How fast can ya’ go?

City Hall received the Government IT Innovator Award for Santa Monica City Net, a 10-gigabyte fiber optic network.

The award was handed out earlier this week at the 2011 InformationWeek 500 Conference in Dana Point, Calif. The contest, in its third year, works to recognize state, federal and local agencies for their ingenious use of information technology.

The network’s ability to reach speeds of 10 gigabytes per second helps achieve a 67 percent cost reduction, stimulating growth opportunities that stem from supporting companies lined against Santa Monica’s Tech Coast with leading-edge broadband infrastructure.

“Agencies are applying cloud computing, mobile applications, electronic documents, and other technologies to provide new and better public services,” said John Foley, editor of InformationWeek Government. “We’ve identified these government agencies as being great examples of how that’s happening.”

Santa Monica’s broadband model will result in a reduction of construction costs for new broadband service. City Hall leases dark fiber to local businesses. The broadband is set at 100Mbps, 1 Gbps and 10Gbps. This broadband market expansion for the Internet service providers (ISPs) may potentially offer service to small, medium and large commercial buildings.

“Technology-driven innovation is happening in surprising places in government,” Foley said.

— Sophia Zhorne

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