“Despite a rainy morning, Hansville Triathlon draws crowd”

"HANSVILLE - Bill Juzwiak just moved to Silverdale from Philadelphia, and has never competed in a triathlon before. But he came out to a drizzly Buck Lake Park on Sunday anyway, ready to compete in the second annual Olympics triathlon. I swim a lot, I run a lot, and I just bought a bike, Juzwiak said. So I thought, what the heck. Juzwiak did well, finishing twenty-ninth among the more than 80 competitors who showed up at Buck Lake Park Sunday morning, as well as a crowd of family, friends, fans, and the occasional dog. This is the first year for a kid's race, too, so children could be seen jogging across the park, mirroring their (usually) more serious counterparts from the adult world. This is the second year for the event, which features a 750 meter swim in Buck Lake, a 30 kilometer bike ride through the streets of Hansville, and a five kilometer run through the park and roads around it. Kevin Lynch, a triathlon enthusiast and supporter who began the event last year, said 66 people signed up last year, 83 this year ... and that's not counting the 15 kids in the kids' race. Lynch has been running triathlons for 10 years, beginning when he was an employee for the Department of Defense. Now Lynch spends most of his time setting up triathlons. It's what I do. It's my passion, he said."

“HANSVILLE – Bill Juzwiak just moved to Silverdale from Philadelphia, and has never competed in a triathlon before. But he came out to a drizzly Buck Lake Park on Sunday anyway, ready to compete in the second annual Olympics triathlon. I swim a lot, I run a lot, and I just bought a bike, Juzwiak said. So I thought, what the heck. Juzwiak did well, finishing twenty-ninth among the more than 80 competitors who showed up at Buck Lake Park Sunday morning, as well as a crowd of family, friends, fans, and the occasional dog. This is the first year for a kid’s race, too, so children could be seen jogging across the park, mirroring their (usually) more serious counterparts from the adult world. This is the second year for the event, which features a 750 meter swim in Buck Lake, a 30 kilometer bike ride through the streets of Hansville, and a five kilometer run through the park and roads around it. Kevin Lynch, a triathlon enthusiast and supporter who began the event last year, said 66 people signed up last year, 83 this year … and that’s not counting the 15 kids in the kids’ race. Lynch has been running triathlons for 10 years, beginning when he was an employee for the Department of Defense. Now Lynch spends most of his time setting up triathlons. It’s what I do. It’s my passion, he said. Why? It’s the coolest thing on two wheels, Lynch said. And Buck Lake Park is the perfect place to pull it off, Lynch added. We looked around, and we decided on this park – it’s just a beautiful location for a triathlon, he said. Lynch also had to find sponsors, one of which was Bainbridge Human Performance Center. Monique West, the special program director, was there Sunday. Although she was working at the information table (where a tape of past triathlons was playing), West has run triathlons before. I remember what it’s like to do your first and finish. What it’s like to reach that goal, she said. A goal she wants others to reach. West said triathlons are great goals for people who want to become fit. This is a great way to get people involved, she said. The hot spot at Buck Lake Park on Sunday was next to the bike racks, where competitors hopped off their bicycles and began running – the third part of the triathlon. Family and friends hung around the area like autograph-seekers at the exit to Safeco Field, and when their relative or friend rolled up, usually sweaty and out of breath, he or she was greeted by cheers. Here comes daddy! One mom said, steering two children towards the bike rack. One of the competitors was Brad Williams from Kent. Williams hadn’t participated in triathlons for a couple of years, but the one in Hansville was his second one this year. He finished sixth overall. The bike course was pretty challenging. It was hillier than I thought it would be. Williams swims and rides his bike twice a week to help train for triathlons. He has competed in bigger events than the one in Hansville, including the Ironman Canada, which demands the athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112, then cool down by running a mere 26 miles. It’s a long day, Williams quipped. He thought the light rain that fell all morning and afternoon helped. It was nice that it was overcast and kind of cool, Williams said. Another tough part, Williams said, was the final hill before the finish line. That was the one that got me, he said. “

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