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 32 year-old Gage Bonestroo from Portales, New Mexico, with a time of 1:15:18.3. He was followed by 56 year-old Bobby Gonzales, a regular competitor from El Paso, who came in second with a time of 1:16:11.3; and the third person to cross the finish line was 46 year-old Brian Lemaster from San Angelo with a time of 1:22:32.1.
The top 3 teams that placed this year were Team LastMinute with a time of 2:04:9.6 - first place, Team SMMC with a time of 2:04:43.9 - second place, and Team KBST with a time of 2:18:09.9 - third place. All teams this year were from Big Spring.
This was the first time that KBest Media had a team put together for the event. Members of Team KBST included: 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.