Wednesday, September 25, 2013
More than 200 compete in triathlon festival in rain
WORTH TWP — More than 200 participants show up at Saturday's Mighty Moraine Man Triathlon Festival despite of heavy rains.
The event which was held at Moraine State Park featured a Half-Ironman race — which is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run — and an Olympic distance triathlon — which is a .9-mile swim, a 27-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.
Joella Baker, race director, said rain can slow racers down, particularly when biking. She said that one person quit the race because the rain was too heavy and some people had mechanical problems with their bicycles.
But most racers stuck it out.
“Despite the rain, it's going very well,” Baker said.
This was the first time for the event, which had the first Half-Ironman ever in Western Pennsylvania. The park has made a five-year commitment to hold the event.
Racers swam in Lake Arthur. The bike course took racers outside the park and up toward Slippery Rock, while the running was on trails in the park.
The races were designed for both beginners and experienced competitors. Baker said she was amazed by the number of beginners who attended.
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