Comanche Warrior Triathlon 9/7/13
CBS 7 News
September 7, 2013
Athletes and spectators were up before the sun this morning preparing for a type of race we don't see too often in the Permian Basin.
On any other day, you could get in a lot of trouble for swimming in the Comanche Trail Park Lake but today was an exception.
The Big Spring City Council allowed the dip for the annual Comanche Warrior Triathlon which attracted competitors from all over Texas.
Sopping wet after a 500 meter swim, these athletes took to their bikes for a 30 kilometer ride then, they traded those cleats for running shoes and sprinted 5 kilometers to the finish line.
"This year's been great cause the weather's been awesome but just a far as the race, we had a lot of out of town folks," says triathlon director Craig Felty.
65 competitors tested their endurance today as friends and family cheered them on.
Sarah brown was the first female to cross the finish line.
"At the beginning I try not think too much about it or Iíll psych myself out. I knew it was a sprint, I was just like Iím gonna go hard and see how I feel," she says.
Brown, who has been competing in triathlons for about 2 years, and fellow Texas Tech classmates, came all the way from Lubbock to race.
"A lot of people look at me in amazement and Iím like no, no, no. Put in the work and you'll get results back and I mean anybody can do it if they put their heart to it."
As with any large sporting event, safety is always a consideration. Organizers had lifeguards and boy scouts in canoes in the pond and there are even rules of the road.
"Bike riders have to maintain a 3 bike length distance unless they are passing so it's a non-draft race," says Felty.
Safety is part of what keeps the triathlon going year after year.
Riders always look forward to this time of year, when Comanche Trail Park is a racetrack for a day.
this is the 7th annual race and with everything going so smoothly...they be back in action this time next year.