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Matthew Russell On The Unique Wildflower Format

American Matthew Russell claimed third at Saturday's Wildflower Long Course Triathlon.

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American Matthew Russell claimed third at Saturday’s Wildflower Long Course Triathlon. The American chats about how the unique format of Wildflower affected the outcome of his race.

*With Lake San Antonio completely dry due to drought conditions, race organizers moved the swim to Harris Creek. As part of the change athletes exited the 1.2-mile swim and took part in transition 1A before running 2.2 miles to transition 1B. From there, they took on the normal 56-mile bike and then took off on a shortened 10.9-mile run, making for a total—but unconventional—70.3 miles.

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