Close to 700, some from different states turn out for El Paso triathlon

Updated: Sunday, August 31 2014, 09:12 PM MDT
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By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- Close to 700 people, ranging in age from 8 to 75, swam, biked, and ran at this year's Eagle in the Sun Triathlon. 

"It's a 400 -yard swim, a 12-mile bike, and 5k run," said Gabriela Gallegos, race director of Race El Paso. 

The local race brings people from all over. 

"We have some people as far as Canada, we have California, Arizona, all across Texas, and other states as well," Gallegos said. 

It also keeps loyal athletes coming back. 

"We've had fantastic response. We've had about 60 people who have done it for five years in a row so they've been with us from the start," Gallegos said. One of those people is Mark Lenox. 

"The weather is perfect, all of our friends and neighbors are here - it's a big community event," Lenox said. 

He said he loves the fact that the race brings in athletes with different athletic goals. 

"An event like this has all the way from total elite athletes - in fact, we have two competitors here who have placed in the top three at nationals, all the way down to people who this is their first triathlon experience," Lenox said. 

In addition to the racers, hundreds of supporters also turned out to cheer on their friends and loved ones, but the support didn't stop there. 

"We have the sheriffs who are keeping our athletes safe on the bike and on the courses, in the swim, we have lifeguards, we also have a great medical team from Texas Tech school of medicine. We just have all kinds of people out here supporting us," Gallegos said.Close to 700, some from different states turn out for El Paso triathlon
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