By Jessica Kim, USAG Humphreys Public Affairs OfficeSeptember 15, 2013
CAMP HUMPHREYS - Although it was early, the Humphreys aquatics park, dubbed "Splish & Splash," was crowded with competitors and spectators for the Army in Korea Reverse Triathlon hosted here, Sept. 7. According to Lonnie Herring, Area III sports director and the event organizer, a reverse triathlon format requires athletes to complete three courses: running, cycling and swimming.
"This is a great opportunity to bring together athletes from across the Korean peninsula to compete in challenging and inspiring sporting event," said Herring. "Sixty five individual competitors and six teams turned out for this year's triathlon," he added. Ally Engstad, one of the many spectators on hand to cheer on friends and family members, said her husband enjoys taking part in these types of sporting events.
"This is [my husband's] fourth triathlon here," said Engstad. "I came out today to have fun and offer him support and encouragement," she added. Following the 5 kilometer running portion of the event, athletes hurriedly changed into their cycling shoes to begin the 20 kilometer bike course. From there, competitors took to the pool to round out the event with a 400 meter swim. After the last competitor crossed the finish line, all of the athletes gathered again at the starting line for an award ceremony.