By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
Hunter Haws won the inaugural Spring Triathlon held by the Oskaloosa Fitness Club Saturday morning.
Thirty people gathered at Edmundson Park Saturday morning to compete in the triathlon which includes swimming, biking and running.
“This is our first Spring Triathlon and it’s exceeded our expectations,” said Lisa Alderson of the OFC Triathlon Committee at Edmundson Pool.
The athletes had to swim 550 meters, bike for 12 miles on the Oskaloosa Recreation Trail and then run a 5K around the Edmundson Park area before crossing the finish line, said Linda Adams of the Triathlon Committee.
There were 12 men and five women who competed in all three segments of the triathlon. The remaining competitors were in five teams and each team member could do one segment — swim, bike or run, she said.
Adams said the committee planned for about three months for the competition Saturday. There were OFC members stationed along the bike and running routes to keep watch over the competitors as both the recreation trail and streets remained open to the public.
Any one from the general public could register to compete. There were people from Ankeny and Prairie City registered along with Oskaloosa residents, she said.
The proceeds of the triathlon are being donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, she said.
Haws, 18, of Ankeny, completed all three segments of the triathlon in1 hour, 8 minutes and 48 seconds.
The triathlon was challenging for Haws.
“I pulled my calf on that bike,” he said. But, he said the girls on the golf cart encouraged him to continue.
“The bike was really difficult. It was really technical, meaning lots of turns,” he said.
What does it feel like to win a triathlon?
“Amazing,” Haws said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Haws said he has trained and competed in triathlons for four years.
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