The first in the Triathlon series for the South Carolina region starts “where it all begins” in the Marine Corps.
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Three hundred and ninety-five participants, ranging in age from eleven to seventy-seven, faced the challenge of a 500 meter swim, 10.3 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run. The men’s military winner, LtCol Hipp of VMFA-115, crossed the finish line with a time of 1:18:16.8 and the women’s military winner was Capt King of VMFA(AW)-533, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:18:16.8. The overall male winner was Alex Hutton with a time of 56:46 and the female winner was Amy Koepp with a time of 1:03.
For some this race was the first of many this year and for others it was a chance at redemption. As was the case for Patty, a wife, mother, and grandmother who suffered serious injuries sustained in an accident last year. After a year of physical therapy, training, and lots of determination, she finished the race with her family cheering her on.
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Photos by: Sarhi Wiggins | Story by: Sarhi Wiggins