Triathletes take on Tiger Tri Sprint

Triathletes take on Tiger Tri Sprint

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Athletes from not only east Alabama, but around the southeast made their way to Auburn on Sunday for the second annual Spring Tiger Tri Sprint Triathlon.

There were over 120 participants from six different states, ranging in age from 15 to 65 years old.

"It is impressive to somebody over 60 years old, some times people up to 70 years old out here, those are always really fun to watch," said Amanda James, one of the organizers from Tri Auburn.

The race began indoors on Sunday with a 500-yard swim inside James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The competitors began with a times start, ensuring there were not too many people in the pool at one time.

After the swim, they ran outside soaking wet into the low 50 degree morning air. Some changed from their swimming gear into drier clothing before hoping on their bike, many opted to limit the time in the exchange and started pedaling.

They would then ride the bike through the campus and city of Auburn for 11 miles, before returning back to the Aquatic Center.

One last change over, competitors d ropped off their bikes and laced up their running shoes for the last 3.1 mile sprint to the finish. Regardless if you finished in under an hour or three hours, everyone who participated received a prize.

"Our overall winners will receive sunglasses, and our age group winners will get pint glasses and gift certificates from local retailers," said Katie Grimes from Tri Auburn.  
But throw age groups out the window - the first place finisher was the youngest in the field, 15-year-old Axel Mateo.  He finished the over 14-mile course in just under one hour.

"I just like racing its just fun to me.  It feels great I just like to get what I am looking for to win," said Mateo. 

As much as he loves winning, Axel does it with class congratulating the second place finisher Jonathan Williams.

"Yeah he is a, as you can see on his uniform, USA Developmental team member.  Whenever you see those guys you know you are in for a fight," said Williams when asked about his younger counterpart.

Tri Auburn hosts Tri Athlons and other races throughout the year.  If you would like to participate in one of their next events, you can check them out by clicking here.

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