Local ‘Tri-Umphant’ Triathlon Inspires Activity in Mason Community

Scott Reckers | Staff Writer

Swimming, biking, and running have all come together for this trifecta of a race.

The annual Mason Tri-Umphant Triathlon, put on by HFP Racing, is a first timer friendly triathlon which was on June 28th at Corwin Nixon Park.

The Mason Tri-Umphant Triathlon is a race composed of three different sections. The first being swimming, the second is biking, and the last is running. Normally the competitors would swim 1.5 kilometers(0.93 miles), bike 40 kilometers(24.8 miles), and run 10 kilometers(6.2 miles.) To encourage first-timers to race, the triathlon is slightly shorter than many others. The competitors swim 400 meters (.24 miles), bike 20 kilometers (12.4 miles), and run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Event organizer and owner of HFP Racing Shannon Kurek said that this event is a great way for anyone to get involved in the sport.

“This is a great event for someone who is thinking about doing a triathlon,” Kurek said. “They don’t even have to do a full triathlon, they can do a duathlon.”

 A duathlon is a 5 kilometer run, then a 20 kilometer bike, and then another 5 kilometer run. The duathlon solves the problem of swimming, which some first-times are nervous about.

Many residents of Mason are already active but have never done a triathlon. Some just want to get even more active. This was the case for Mason resident, Rich Adrian, who has been participating in this event since 2011.

“I like to go as fast as I can,” Adrian said. “It’s a good way to stay active. Someday it would be really cool to go to the Boston marathon or Kona for the triathlon.”

Adrian said that this event can act as a gateway into the sport, which he said are growing both in- and outside of Mason. 

“Triathlons in general are really growing,” Adrian said.  “Iron Man just hit IPO, which is a commercial offering, so they’re traded on the stock exchange. I think they raised [190.4] million dollars, so the sport overall is growing, this event is a great way to get started”

With the rising prominence of triathlons there are now “triathletes” who compete in triathlons professionally. Ricky Dugan, a local athlete, member of Team USA Triathlon, and winner of the Tri-Umphant Triathlon got his start at this event. Dugan said triathlons are changing his family and community for the better. It’s something they can do all together, and they can challenge themselves and have fun while doing it.

“My dad and I started around the same time,” Dugan said. “He started a little bit earlier than me and then I quickly followed suit. We’ve done triathlons, swimming, cycling, and running as a family, and even jerk my mom into it sometimes.”

“My dad and I started around the same time,” Dugan said. “He started a little bit earlier than me and then I quickly followed suit. We’ve done triathlons, swimming, cycling, and running as a family, and even jerk my mom into it sometimes.”

Photos by Anna Kinasewitz.

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