Austin triathlon attracts thousands

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by FOTI KALLERGIS / Reporter & KENNETH NULL / Photojournalist

kvue.com

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Updated Monday, May 27 at 11:25 AM

AUSTIN -- Thousands of athletes gathered in Austin to bike, swim and run at Auditorium Shores.

The Capital of Texas Triathlon was held Monday morning. For the second time, para-triathletes participated as well.

"People tell me that 'you're an inspiration' and things like that," said legally blind para-triathlete Aaron Scheidies. "I never went out and started this sport triathlon or anything that I do to be an inspiration, but over time people tell you that you're an inspiration and you do have an impact on people's lives. It's just a great feeling to know that you've impacted someone."

The annual triathlon included a 1.5K swim in Lady Bird Lake, 40K bike ride through downtown Austin and a 5K run along Lady Bird Lake.

As far as security went, event organizers said there was no added security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.

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