First Annual San Angelo Triathlon

First Annual San Angelo Triathlon

Over 80 triathletes took on a challenging course, Sunday morning at Spring Creek Park, for the first annual "San Angelo Triathlon." Sunday's race, encompassed a variety of competitors from and 11-year-old boy to a 67-year-old man.
Over 80 tri-athletes took on a challenging course, Sunday morning at Spring Creek Park, for the first annual "San Angelo Triathlon." Sunday's race, encompassed a variety of competitors from and 11-year-old boy to a 67-year-old man.

"San Angelo is a great town to do triathlons in. The triathlon they used to host this time of year was the oldest triathlon is the state of Texas," Plymell said.

Shane Plymell has been competing in triathlons for over 20 years; Sunday, he crossed the finish line for the Sprint Distance, first.

"I'm a lot smarter racer today than I was when I was in my early 20s. I feel lucky and blessed to actually win the race today," Plymell said.

Following just three minutes behind was Goodfellow Air Force Base Instructor, Brian Lemaster, with a time of one hour and 15 minutes.

"It's always fun to compete against him, and one day I hope to beat him," Lemaster said.

Lemaster says, competing in triathlons can be for anyone.

"Kids in school, teachers, doctors. Everybody comes out and does these things, and they still balance out their life-events," Lemaster said.

Over 80 people competed in Sunday's triathlon. Race Director, Craig Felty, says to complete this challenging course is an achievement in itself.

"It's and accomplishment. Less than one percent of the people in the United States can say 'I'm a tri-athlete," Felty said.

The first annual San Angelo Triathlon, at Spring Creek Park, encompassed men, women...and an eleven-year-old boy.

"The eleven-year-old that's out here today is doing the full sprint distance, and that's amazing," Felty said.

The oldest competitor at Sunday's race was 67-years-old. Lemaster says, every tri-athlete pushed him harder throughout the course.

"I came in very close to a man who is 60-years-old and gave me every bit of the challenge I wanted on the run," Lemaster said.
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