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Jackson County Triathlon Raises Money For Local Nonprofits

The Building Strong Families Triathlon and Duathlon in Jackson County, Fla. raised money for three local nonprofits organizations.

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The Building Strong Families Triathlon and Duathlon in Jackson County, Fla. raised money for three local nonprofits organizations.

Early Saturday mornings at Blue Springs Recreation Park are pretty quiet. A few early birds or bugs sometimes speak up, but for the most part, the park just sits in silence until people come for some fun later in the day.

By 6:30 a.m. last Saturday, however, that silence was broken.

“Back in black. I hit the sack. I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back…”

John McFarlain and Keith Rowe had AC/DC and other music vibrating from their gray pickup truck. The two Tallahassee residents drove to Marianna for one reason: to compete in the Building Strong Families triathlon. Before the quarter-mile swim in Blue Springs, the 10-mile bike ride and five-mile jog on Blue Springs Road, however, the two friends decided to pump themselves up.

“We love to rock,” Rowe said.

The Building Strong Families Triathlon and Duathlon raised about $2,200 for local nonprofit organizations Tri-County Home Builders Association, Big Bend Community Based Care and The Heart Gallery of North Florida last Saturday.

Read more: Jcfloridan.com