The 10th Annual Comanche Warrior Triathlon brought regular competitors as well as attracted a group of newcomers. The variety of particpants ranged in different levels of fitness and ages, with the oldest competitor being a 71 year-old woman named Jo Schmidt who traveled in from Albuqurque, New Mexico.
The first one to cross the finish line was Gage Bonestroo with a time of approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, followed by Bobby Gonzales, a regular competitor, who came in second.
Team KBest competed in the event this year for the first time and earned a bronze medal for the 3rd place team, with a completion time of 2 hours and 18 minutes. This was the first year that KBest Media had a team to compete in the event and it was made up of team members: Mark Richardson, Operations Manager - swim; Malinda Flenniken, Mananging Partner - bike ride; and Alesha Kay Yanez-Fischer, Production Director, rounding out the end with a run.
The trio began training for the event 8 weeks ago and all put in a tremendous amount of effort which resulted in smashing the personal goal they each had set for themselves. Flenniken, was noted to have reduced her riding time from 2 hours down to 1 hour and 25 minutes.
When asked how they felt after completing their first triathlon, Richardson spoke for the group and said, "The important thing is that we feel like we completed something that we started. It was a lofty goal that we weren't actually sure that we could do when we started, but today we proved that we could. We worked together as a team and loved it!"
The Comanche Warrior Triathlon was made up a 500 meter open water swim in Comanche Trail Lake, a 30K bike ride on city and county roads to the highest elevation in Howard County, and a 5K run on a closed course that had some hills. The regular competitors who come back every year say that it's a beautiful course with favorable topography.