Duluth Triathlon draws hundreds

By KBJR News 1

July 20, 2014 Updated Jul 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It was another warm and beautiful day in the Northland...many would say a perfect day for a race, which is exactly what took place this morning.
Some athletes took advantage of the Duluth triathlon, and Buzz Ryan Sprint triathlon, to prepare for the Brewhouse Triathlon in two weeks.

Temperatures were just right at the races today and for Sarah Trowbridge, it was a great day to try something new.

"This is my first one" said Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon participant, Sarah Trowbridge.
"I'm a little tired, I didn't get a lot of sleep last night because I was pretty nervous" she continued.

Sarah joined hundreds who swam, biked, and ran all in the same race. The Duluth Triathlon took athletes on a one-point-six mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and a 13 mile run, but for those looking to take it a bit easier, there was the Buzz Ryan Sprint triathlon which was a 500 meter swim, 10 mile bike, and 2.5 mile run.

"It's a real fast and quick and exciting and fun and it gives that entry level athlete something to do that gets them engaged in the sport of triathlon" said Race Creator, Rod Raymond.

Many who competed were using the race as preparation for the Brewhouse triathlon in two weeks, most taking advantage of the sprint, ahead of the longer race coming up.

"It's a sprint triathlon, so it takes a little over an hour. The international distance takes about two hours, so that'll be in about two weeks triathlon" said Buzz Ryan Sprint Triathlon participant, Grant Nelson.

Elaine Nelson was the first woman to cross the finish line in the sprint race. Last year, she was just barely beaten.

"Last year I was actually 30 weeks pregnant when I did this race, so I have to tease my ten-month old because he beat me by a few inches last year and now he's out with grandma and grandpa" said Winner, Elaine Nelson.

The event is in its third year and is likely to keep going as it's received very high ratings.

"This has been coined as the best venue for triathlon in the Midwest by a writer Jerry McNeil and the Midwest Events Corporation" said Raymond.

Which may not come as a surprise to many Northlanders and athletes say they are happy to have this race in their own backyard.

"Five, six years ago, triathletes in Duluth used to have to travel down to the cities for lots of the racing but now we've got lots of good choices up here" said Race Winner, Rhett Bonner.

Good choices to keep the Northland in good shape.

The Brewhouse Triathlon will bring up to 700 triathletes into Duluth on August 2nd.

Bryce Henry