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UNT athletes endure rain-soaked triathlon

UNT athletes endure rain-soaked triathlon

September 14
22:37 2009

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By Jonah Kuehne / Contributing Writer –
(Video By Jayda Quincey / Staff Photographer)

Despite wet and slick conditions, a total of 150 athletes, including students from UNT and other colleges, alumni and other non-competitors, finished the Old College Triathlon on Sunday in Denton.

The UNT-hosted triathlon started at 7 a.m. with a 300-meter swim in the Pohl Recreation Center, followed by a 16-mile bike ride on Airport Road and finished with a five kilometer run around the campus.



10 to 15 members of the UNT triathlon club competed, including president Amanda Poland, a kinesiology senior.

Some racers were concerned about how the rain would affect the race, but Poland didn’t seem to let it faze her.

“You just don’t air up your tires as much, so that you have a little more tread—the biggest factor was the wind coming back on Airport Road and going up the hill,” Poland said. “Other than the wind, it was basically perfect.”

UNT triathlon member Chris Krueger stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line at the Old College Tri on Sunday Sept. 13. Athletes raced in the rain throughout the sprint distance triathlon. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

UNT triathlon member Chris Krueger stops to catch his breath after crossing the finish line at the Old College Tri on Sunday Sept. 13. Athletes raced in the rain throughout the sprint distance triathlon. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

Ben Drezek, a history senior and winner of the triathlon, said he wasn’t bothered by the damp weather either. Drezek beat Michael Wilkinson of Texas A&M University by 25 seconds, with a time of 1:00:36.

“I raced last weekend for a similar distance and that was two or three minutes slower. I think it’s worse when it gets pretty hot and last weekend it was pretty hot—the rain is good for the run,” Drezek said.

At the end of the race, the racers were met with cheers, medals and pancakes.

Dallas Athletes Racing, which puts together about eight events per year, ran the event, sponsored by Vitamin Water and Gallo Wine.

Tom Ryan, owner of the company, created the public announcements, kept the crowd entertained and the runners motivated with constant vivacity.

“You get people that are doing it for the very first time and they get a real high out of it. It’s physical, full of adrenaline and endorphins. They like it. It’s the sense of accomplishment and seeing it,” Ryan said.

UNT’s triathlon club is set to compete at nationals in April in Lubbock, where it hopes to place. The club is still welcoming new recruits.

“It’s a great way to keep off the ‘freshman fifteen.’ It’s a lot of fun and it’s a way to get your endorphins going,” Poland said.

For more information, contact Amanda Poland at tnteagles@gmail.com.

UNT Triathlon Club member Morgan Johnson finishes the 300-meter swim of the Old College Triathlon. The club had about 15 members compete in the race Sunday at the Pohl Recreation Center. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

UNT Triathlon Club member Morgan Johnson finishes the 300-meter swim of the Old College Triathlon. The club had about 15 members compete in the race Sunday at the Pohl Recreation Center. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

Benjamin Drezek, a history senior and a member of The UNT Triathlon club, transitions to the run course after finishing the bike course. Drezek placed first overall in the Old College Triathlon with a time of 1 hour and 36 seconds. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

Benjamin Drezek, a history senior and a member of The UNT Triathlon club, transitions to the run course after finishing the bike course. Drezek placed first overall in the Old College Triathlon with a time of 1 hour and 36 seconds. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

Amanda Poland, club president, runs through the rain to get to the finish line in the Old College Triathlon.  The triathlon consisted of a 300-meter swim, 16-mile bike course and a 3.1-mile run. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

Amanda Poland, club president, runs through the rain to get to the finish line in the Old College Triathlon. The triathlon consisted of a 300-meter swim, 16-mile bike course and a 3.1-mile run. (Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer)

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