AUSTIN (KXAN) — While many people were still in bed Labor Day morning, nearly 2,000 athletes from Texas and across the country competed in the 8th annual TriRock Austin Triathlon.
The race started at the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue at Auditorium Shores where athletes jumped into Lady Bird Lake and swam. They then rode their bikes on a course along on the South Congress Bridge.
Competitors participated in two different races. The Sprint Distance was made up of a 700 meter swim, 16.7 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run. Then the Intermediate “Olympic” Distance was a 1500 meter swim, 24.8 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run.
Andrea Fisher, a former UT Lady Horn and aquatics director for the Jewish Community Center, won the Olympic race in the woman’s division with a time of 2:15:09.
“I love racing in my hometown, I love being where my friends are out on the course cheering,” Said Fisher, 47, who won the TriRock Austin Triathlon back in 2012. She couldn’t’ race in 2013 because she was pregnant with her second child but came back this year. “It’s hard for me to do shorter races because I come from a long course background. So it feels good though, having a good day.”
Nicholas Sterghos, 27, from Harker Heights won the Men’s division with a time of 2:01:07.
“It was warm of course, humid, that made it extra hard, but I’m very pleased,” said Capt. Nicholas Sterghos who serves in the military and stationed at Ft. Hood.
“I started at the age of 69, I was pretty much sedimentary before that, and so my whole statement is that it’s not too late, no matter how old you are you can find a place in triathlon.”
Top Three Women in Intermediate “Olympic” Division
- Andrea Fisher, 42, Austin, 2:15:09
- Alicia Allen, 27, Austin, 2:24:21
- Julianne Fiocca, 45, Austin, 2:29:20
Top Three Men in Intermediate “Olympic” Division
- Nicholas Sterghos, 27, Harker Heights, TX, 2:01:07 2.
- Patrick Dougherty, 35, Corpus Christi, TX, 2:05:33 3.
- Colin Sully, 36, Austin, 2:07:00