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Nearly 150 Participated in Park District's Annual 'I Tried a Triathlon'

Mark Luttrell and Allison Darby were the overall male and female winners.

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.

Kristie Blocker Vest August 10, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Hi Logan's Dad! Our I Tried a Triathlon runs and bikes through the Boulder Hill subdivision. We don't block access to any roads. All athletes know this course is open to traffic. Volunteers are out there to keep everyone safe, and it has worked well for athletes of all ability for almost 3 decades each August! Michael, we love being a legitimate triathlon for athletes of all abilities. A lot of people have made the I Tried a Triathlon's first Sunday in August a tradition in their lives, and we welcome it! Mark enjoys the race with a relative and his crossing the finish line in no way impedes the pride that the rest of the athletes feel from crossing it. So many multi-sport triathlons are about personal bests, and we love to see everyone out there working on theirs! We invite you out to try any Oswego triathlon next year, Mr. O'Connor!
ilmomof4 August 10, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I think it was a different triathlon that had all the entrances to arbor gate blocked this weekend. Very annoying!!
Jane Enviere August 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Another example of how amazing this park district is. So many fun things to try, and the park district staff is superb. Sports, dance classes, preschool, art classes, birthday parties, the holiday events - you name it, they do it. And do it well! Bravo!
Natalie Stevens August 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I believe that was actually the other triathlon that runs in Oswego on the same day -- the Oswego Triathlon sponsored by Allied Bank. Are you referring to Arbor Gate / Lakeview? I always get stuck in there too. Grove tends to stay open though, so I'll use that and just go around.
mike ellison August 12, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I like our Park District but wonder why a number of their events get intentionally expanded to include people outside the community. This event as well as Prairiefest attract a lot of people from outside the boundaries of the District and we end up paying the expenses. I understand that this will naturally happen sometimes, but there seems to be an effort to make these local events larger to include outsiders.

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