By Nathan Pfau, Army Flier Staff WriterJune 29, 2017
FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Triathlons are one of the most physically demanding competitions, with essentially three races in one, and about 100 people put their endurance to the test June 24.
The Fort Rucker Triathlon had competitors take part in a quarter-mile swim through the waters of Lake Tholocco, a 10.6-mile bike course, followed by a 3.1-mile run to cap off the event.
Participants were allowed to compete as individuals, competing in all three races, or as teams of three, with each team member taking on a different role.
Winners for the competition included: Charlie Johnson, male overall winner with a time of 55:21; Stephanie Liles-Weyant, female overall winner with a time of 1:02:17; David Shearon, male master winner with a time of 57:57; Renee Umstead, female master winner with a time of 1:11:28; Michael Weyant, male grandmaster winner with a time of 59:21; and Joanne Maltese, female grandmaster winner with a time of 1:17:25.
There were also seven teams competing, and the winning team was team Boll Weevil Brewing, which consisted of Jeanne Davis, swimmer; David Stout Jr., biker; and Shelley Westmoreland, runner, with a team time of 58:29.
For the Boll Weevil Brewing team, which consisted of avid competitors in their respective sports, competing as a team was a new challenge for them, but one they were willing to tackle together.
"We all just wanted to do a relay together, and everybody has their strengths on this team, so we just decided to get together as a group and see what we were made of," said Davis, who has competed in multiple triathlons on Fort Rucker.
"I usually do this event as an individual, but I decided to try it as a group this year," she said. "It's been amazing and I'm glad that I was able to do this with some great friends."
Davis said she swims about three times a week as part of her routine, so when it came time to decide who would take what role in the competition, swimming was a natural choice for her.
Westmoreland, who competed as the runner for the team, typically runs about 40 miles a week and is currently training for the Boston Marathon. For her, taking part as a team was a chance for her and her friends to see what they were made of, she said.
"We all love our sport -- we each have a passion for each of our individual sport," said Westmoreland. "The (Fort Rucker Triathlon) is one of the best events here in the area, and it's been amazing to compete with such strong athletes."
One of those strong athletes was here other teammate, Stout, who tacked the 10.6-mile bike course of the competition.
Stout said he has been an avid runner since he was in middle school, and has competed in many track and field competitions, as well as cross country events, but a knee injury caused him to switch from running to biking as a means to recover.
"I got into cycling to ease up, but then I found a new hobby," he said, adding that this was his first triathlon competition. "I've been cycling and running for a long time now and I wanted to compete in the triathlon, but I'm not a swimmer, so I asked them to help me out. This feels great [to win] my first triathlon."