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Thank you to everyone who entered our Escape From Alcatraz contest this week. We enjoyed hearing about our readers’ first-time race experiences. It was a difficult decision, but we have chosen Paul Archibald and Kamden Hoffmann as the winners.
“My first triathlon was an Olympic distance tri on 27 Aug 2011. It was held at Canyon Lake, CA by Canyon Lake Triathlon Club. It took me 3 hours! After that first race I was hooked. I compete in monthly triathlons with my club now and recently completed my first Ironman in St. George,UT. Those who were there know what a challenging day that was… I have two club members with their fingers crossed for me to join them in the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon. If I escaped the Sand Hollow reservoir, I can escape Alcatraz!!!”
– Paul Archibald
“First: Iron Girl Sprint Triathlon, Columbia, MD, 2008. Backstroke the entire time freaked out by imaginary frogs under me. Swim time-30:46. During, I thought triathletes were crazy. Hooked, now a triathlon coach, recently competed in Kemah Olympic, missed qualifying for Alcatraz by a minute and change. Hardest swim of my life. Swim time-34:33. First triathlon showed my weaknesses-each triathlon since taught me lessons. Future triathlons are made to challenge. As one once said, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” show no weakness. Forge forward and accomplish the undreamable. Your dreams are actions away.”
– Kamden Hoffmann
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