Have you ever wanted to attempt a triathlon, but weren’t sure you’d be able to make it through all three events?
Enter the Oswegoland Park District’s 27th annual ‘I Tried a Triathlon’ event held every summer.
Kristie Vest, Special Events Coordinator at the park district, said the event begins at the civic center pool where athletes complete a 250 yard swim and then go through the Boulder Hill neighborhood in a 6.5 mile bike race and finish with a 2.1 mile run.
You don’t have to be an athlete to participate, as Vest said she saw everything from moms from minivans climbing onto their bikes, dads who swam 10 laps, and the Average Joes and Janes leaving their desks to try something new.
“The Olympics has us all waxing nostalgic for days when running, jumping, and swimming came easy,” she said. “While the trained elite athlete is a specimen to watch, it is equally inspiring to watch the average man and woman tackle a challenge.”
The triathlon had nearly 150 participants this year and prizes were awarded to the top finishers in each age bracket. The overall male and female winners of the triathlon were Mark Luttrell and Allison Darby, respectively.
“It was a beautiful day to watch such effort,” said Vest of all the different individuals and groups that crossed the finish line. “To do that which you think you cannot do, to do it longer and faster than you thought you could, that is inspirational at any level of ability.”
The 2013 ‘I Tried a Triathlon’ is scheduled for Sunday, August 4.
Results for the 2012 triathlon can be found at: Results can be found at racetime.info.