TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ)
Today was the annual Tempe International Triathlon, but it's the first big event to take place since Tempe Town Lake was refilled.
Fox 10's Courtney Griffin was there and caught up with some serious athletes.
It was a day filled with exercise in the form of swimming, biking and running…for the Tempe International Triathlon.
“If you want to do your first triathlon, I definitely recommend the Tempe International Triathlon,” said Grant Smith.
Grant Smith knows a thing or two about competing.
“This is probably triathlon 120 that I've done here and California,” said Smith.
He says this year’s race went off without a hitch and the new water in the Tempe Town Lake really made a difference.
“It's much cleaner,” says Smith. “It actually tastes like lake water. I’ve done 70 or 80 triathlons and open water swims here in this lake and it was pretty bad. It's been pretty bad over the years. Now it's like lake water. It's fantastic you can actually see your hand in front of your face now.”
The athletes we spoke to say each part of the triathlon is pretty difficult, but the hardest part is the run.
“I’m a pretty good swimmer and biker, but the second I get on the run I get my butt whooped,” said Dmitry Baer. “These people are going too fast for me.”
New to the triathlon team in Tom Gray.
“I did the boat and the run- I'm still training on the bike, so hopefully in the fall I can do the whole thing.”
He got inspiration from his daughter, Rylee, who is now completing her 10th triathlon with her coach.
“Being a part of this was really huge for me,” said Grey. She loves doing it and I never thought I'd be in that part of the triathlon, but it's neat. I really enjoy it and it's just a great group of people.”
He hopes to one day be as excited as his daughter to compete in these triathlons.
“She loves doing it. She gets so much out of it. She always goes three-quarters of a mile. Her legs go in the air she just starts laughing and that's why we do it…it's for her.”
More than 800 people participated in the race today.