The Colony, TX - The bike and run events of Take on the Heat sprint triathlon had to step aside from becoming an aquathon - literally. Heavy rains rolled over the race site making the race course look more like a river than roads and sidewalks.
PlayTri, the race producers, scrambled to modify the race and wait out the slow moving storms but, in the end, decided to make it a 350 meter swim-only event. For contractual reasons and limited availability of the pool, the race could not be rescheduled.
Undoubtedly, the decision to cancel the 9-mile bike and 5-kilometer run legs disappointed many of the athletes who came to race.
The overall winners for the men were:
- Matthew Garza, 16, of Grand Prairie, in 4:28
- Louis DiBella, 43, of Frisco, in 5:05
- Ahmed Zaher, 50, of Dallas, in 5:07
In the women's race the top there were:
- Shannon Dwyer, 23, of Arlington, in 5:26
- Amanda Fouse, 27, of Grapevine, in 5:29
- Megan Bareis, 15, of Plano, in 5:55
Randall Harris, , of Carrollton, won the Male Grand Master's title in a finishing time of 6:43.
Pam Kirk, , of Rockwall, swam the course in a time of 9:13 to take the Female Grand Master's title.
Today's race was the second triathlon in as many months affected by rain. In late July the Dirty Rock sprint off-road triathlon was postponed for two weeks because the bike trails were declared too muddy to race. When the race did take place on August 2nd the bike and run course was modified to not include the single track trail due to more late summer rain.
Complete results are found HERE.