There’s no race like the Sprint Triathlon.
The Sprint Triathlon was held at Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area Saturday. Fifty-five participants came out to swim, bike, and run in the triple threat of races.
Fort Hood has hosted the Sprint Triathlon for over a decade. It consists of a 300-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and a 5K-run to finish it off.
Toni Kornegay, recreation specialist for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, believes that the Sprint Triathlon is unique from other runs.
“This is a different type of event that challenges you in different ways,” Kornegay said. “It is a break from the normal run event. Definitely a challenge.”
Civilian Nick Meyer was the first person to cross the finish line with a time of 59:25. Though he has been doing triathlons for a while, he still found part of the bike route challenging.
“The first half of the bike course really challenged me,” Meyer said. “I couldn’t get my body going until I hit the turnaround and then that’s when actually my race started. That’s when I started feeling really good.”
Meyer enjoyed the Sprint Triathlon because it was a local triathlon that he could just come out race and have fun in. He believes Soldiers can benefit from participating in triathlons.
“It’s different. You don’t have to wake up at 4 o’clock in the morning and go to physical training. It works the whole body and that’s why it’s really good for you.”
The first female to finish was Capt. Sarah Siekman of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, with a time of 1:11:24. She believes it is good for Soldiers to participate in triathlons because it is something they can do even after they are done in the military.
“It’s active and it’s a lifetime sport. Yes, it’s about getting involved in the community, but also it’s finding things that people are going to be able to do beyond the military and bringing people together,” Siekman said.
Siekman took the triathlon head on, but started feeling the heat at the end of the running portion of the race.
“On the run, with one mile to go, I just realized like, ‘Golly, Texas is hot,’” she said.
She was particularly proud that four fellow Ironhorse Brigade members also came out to participate in the Sprint Triathlon.
“Huge shout out to my unit. Word got out there was a race and we all met here,” Siekman said.
One competitor was 13-year-old Elizabeth Kinser. She was the youngest competitor and held strong throughout the entire race finishing with a time of 2:05:04.
“I liked the bike part,” Kinser said as awards were being given out. “It was the fun part.”
The next racing event is the Army Ten-Miler Shadow Run, scheduled for Oct. 13. For more information on the Shadow Run go to https://hood.armymwr.com/calendar/event/army-10-miler-shadow-run/3492269/43217 or call 254-285-5459.