In a move to help promote employee health and fitness, the Big Bend National Park employees association sponsored its first annual triathlon on December 3rd.
The event was open to all park residents and had 24 participants. Athletes from ages 8 to 65 undertook a course that included three legs – a two-mile-long canoe paddle down the Rio Grande through Hot Springs Canyon, an 11-mile -long bike ride along the Boquillas Canyon road, and a three-mile-long run on Hot Springs Trail. All contestants finished safely and well under the maximum time allowed.
Congratulations to Beau Bracken and Heather Hall, who were the first place male and female winners. The top five finishers were Bracken, Hall, Mark Yuhas, Colin Carroll and Alyssa Van Schmus.
Numerous volunteers provided support before, during and after the race. Without their generous help, the race would not have been so successful. A “victory” cookout was held afterwards, during which the top winners were presented original iron artwork trophies sculpted by Mark Yuhas.
Due to the remarkably positive response generated by the event, planning for the second annual triathlon is already underway.