“It felt great to compete in something that was so challenging, both physically and mentally,” said Guenther, an avid outdoor and sports enthusiast.
“Many participants such as myself were just out there to have a good time, so completion times are not as important as the fact that we were able to finish,” he added.
Beginning at 7:00 am, participants were required to swim ¼ mile, bike 10 miles and run 3.1 miles along the beautiful Southern California coast, which included the Pacific Coast Highway and El Morro beach. Partial participation was available for individuals who did not want to compete in all three phases of the event.
Hugging the Orange County coastline, the triathlon began with a swim close to shore, where participants transitioned to the biking phase. Riding to the Reef Point parking lot, they then entered the final leg of the event, which included a scenic run along Crystal Cove State Park.
Wayne Guenther’s participation marked a return to the sport after a prolonged absence.
“Staying healthy is important to me, so training and competing in these events are a great way to stay in shape, while at the same time, gaining a sense of accomplishment,”
“This was no pressure environment and everyone who competed had a memorable time.”
Guenther says he plans to continue participating in future triathlon events in the California area.
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