Eleven-year-old Annika Larson said she likes to spend Saturday’s surfing at the beach, but yesterday she participated in the Brownsville Independent School District’s mini-triathlon instead.
Larson took third place in her group, even though she hates running.
“I don’t enjoy running,” she said.
Larson was one of approximately 150 people of all age groups who converged on the Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center Saturday morning for the swim, bike and run wellness event.
Music blared as people hydrated and talked while encouraging their friends and family to cross the finish line.
Larson’s family was on hand to see her presented with a medal.
This is the first time she ever participated in a triathlon and she said she plans to do it again.
“I hate running, but I plan to do it again next year,” she said.
Monica Rosales, the aquatic center coordinator, said the event is meant to get people outdoors.
“We’re trying to get everyone to come out and do something fun,” she said, adding that a triathlon is a lifelong sport. “You can swim, cycle and you can run. It’s just really trying to get people outside and doing healthy things.”
Everyone tells her how much they enjoy the event, which is in its third year, she said.
“We’re going to do it again next year and I hope we have a better turnout,” Rosales said.
Still, she couldn’t do it without the host of yellow-shirted volunteers that make it all happen.
“Really and truly I had a lot of volunteers and it makes it so much easier,” she said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”