Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Ficker, Cleveland Top Podium at Couples Tri

Ficker, Cleveland Top Podium at Couples Triathlon

Austin, Texas (July 2011) - The 14th edition of Couples Triathlon, held July 10th in Austin, Texas and presented by Jack and Adam’s Bicycles saw former Pro Triathlete Jamie Cleveland and Pro Triathlete Desiree Ficker take the overall wins. Rounding out the top three men were Matthew Russell and Pro James Bonney, with Hollie Kenny and Keri Remil taking the 2nd and 3rd spots for the women. The gold for the overall team went to Jamie Cleveland & Darrel Williams. Hundreds of other participants, spectators, and volunteers filled the venue at Walter E. Long Park for a fun-filled day of swimming, biking and running.

Couples Triathlon is a unique event format where teams of two, whether they be friends, spouses, or family members combine their ages and sign up in the appropriate category. Each person on the team does the entire triathlon, and then their times are combined for the overall results.

With temperatures starting in the upper 70's and partly cloudy skies, the team triathlon went smoothly from beginning to end. Before the gun went off, a male-female signing duo led the crowd with the singing of the National Anthem. From there the 700 finishers, ranging in age from 12 to 73, began the 800 meter open-water swim, then progressed to a beautiful 11 mile bike ride through the Texas Hill Country, and ended with a 5k run. Event producer, Dan Carroll of High Five Events, has received numerous thank you emails and compliments from participants, with one being from Sally Colombo, “Great race today! Very well organized, well supported and great after party! Also, love the new "girl" tech shirts! As always....great job and thank you for all that you do for the tri community!!!"

The event concluded with the fantastic finish line festival, including items from sponsors Jack and Adam's Bicycles, Skeese Greets, TYR, Pure Sport, Honest Tea, Boundless Nutrition, and Clif Bar helped to create the fun atmosphere. Finishers also received free post-race massage from Advanced Rehab, reusable water bottles, tacos from Zocalo, Fat Tire Beer, fresh fruit from Texas Iron Training and ice cream. Chip timing by Run Far Racing Services and professional sports photography by Kreutz Photography, along with all the volunteers, also helped make this year's event a success. The 15th Annual Couples Triathlon is being planned for July 2012.

Check out the video from it HERE.



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