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Evans, Garcia Win Music City Triathlon

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Craig Evans wins one in his home state while Whitney Garcia grabs women’s title by more than six minutes.

Just as he expected, a rigid training program right up until the day of the competition netted more desirable results for Craig Evans in the Music City Triathlon than taking it easy and showing up unprepared.

The 33-year-old Hendersonville resident showed up Sunday on the banks of the Cumberland River in prime condition, unlike last year when he was nursing a leg injury, and won the 33rd annual Music City Triathlon by finishing in 2:04:32.

“The biggest difference was this year I wasn’t cramping coming into transition (from bike to run), and I was acclimated to the heat,” Evans said. “Sitting on the couch for five weeks and not running last year caused that. I could swim and I could bike, but not being able to run wasn’t ideal for this race.”

The top female finisher was Whitney Garcia, 31, of Boulder, Colo., in 2:10:55.

A record field of 1,151 began the competition, which featured a 1.5K swim in the Cumberland River, a 40K bike ride on Ellington Parkway and a 10K run through downtown Nashville.

Read more: The Tennessean