Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Pro Triathlete, James Bonney Tops Podium at Kerrville Half

Inaugural Event Attracts Hundreds of Athletes to Texas Hill Country

Kerrville, Texas (October 2011)This past weekend over 800 athletes toed the line in Kerrville, Texas for the Inaugural Kerrville Triathlon Festival presented by Jack and Adam’s Bicycles and High Five Events. The three day event featured Sprint Distance, Quarter Distance and Half Distance triathlons, as well as, a Health and Fitness Expo and free Kids’ Mile.

The Texas Hill Country venue offered beautiful views and great weather with lows in the mid 50’s and highs in the low 80’s with sunny skies. The wetsuit legal swim was fast and smooth in the Guadalupe River; the scenic bike course was relatively flat; and the run went through the heart of historic downtown. Local businesses supported the event in many ways, including a “Lawn Chair Challenge” offering residents prizes for cheering on the triathletes.

Professional Triathlete and Jack and Adam’s team member, James Bonney took the overall victory by almost 13 minutes, which bodes well for his upcoming Ironman Florida race. Coming in second was Robert Wade of San Antonio, followed by former Pro Jamie Cleveland. Austinite and Jack and Adam’s team member, Todd Gerlach took 4th and rounding out the top 5 was another Jack and Adam’s team member, Paul Terranova.

Participants received technical t-shirts and hats, free post-race massage, custom water bottles and swim caps, beer, a post race meal and much more. In addition, professional timing and photography, as well as a great volunteer crew and supportive local businesses, helped make this first year triathlon a success.

Race Director, Dan Carroll of High Five Events, has already received numerous thank you emails from participants. Local business and race sponsor, Grape Juice, heard nothing but positive feedback from racers as they handed out free beer at the finish line. Comments included, “I am definitely signing up for this race again next year and telling all my friends.“ and “Next year, I am leaving the kids at home and making it a three day weekend. This place (Kerrville) is cool.”

The Kerrville Triathlon Festival is the sixth and final event of the Texas Tri Series (www.texastriseries.com), a series designed to start with a short sprint triathlon and finish with a half Iron distance. To complete the series a person must participate in or volunteer for each of the events. Every finisher of the series is invited to the Finisher’s Party at the Hyatt in downtown Austin.



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