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Triathlon brings athletes from all over the world to El Paso
By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas
Hundreds made their way out for the fourth annual Eagle in the Sun Triathlete brought athletes from all over.
"It starts with a 400 yard swim, a 12 mile bike, and then ends with a 5K run," said Gabriela Gallegos, president of Race El Paso.
Athletes made a splash, hit the trails and took to the track.
"We have a sprint distance triathlete. The goal was to get more people active, and kind of out there, swimming, biking and running. And I think we're doing a good job of that," Gallegos said.
Some came from Mexico, other came as far from Canada and Germany.
Seven hundred and fifty athletes registered and 700 made their way out today.
"Because it's a sprint distance, we have a lot of beginners. And many of them never thought they could do something like a triathlon. This gives them their first introduction," Gallegos said.
Michael Castaneda is making this a yearly thing.
"This is my fourth eagle and four years ago, and four years ago, eagle was my first race," Gallegos said.
Ricardo De Santiago says the race was tough, but came out on top. He was the first to cross the finish line.
"We did, like work teams, so I was just the finisher. The running," De Santiago said.
But it took more than those crossing the finish line to make it what it was.
"We had over 150 volunteers this year so we have a ton of cheering section and people who are making it safe. So really a lot of community members are getting involved," Gallegos said.
"I'm just so grateful that Race El Paso brought this race in El Paso and I'm really grateful that they did it. If they hadn't, I really don't know where I'd be right now," Casteneda said.