"Run (& ride, & swim) for fun"
June 11, 2008 · Updated 4:29 PM
"Bill Juzwiak just moved to Silverdale from Philadelphia, and never competed in a triathlon before. But he came out to drizzly Buck Lake Park last Sunday, Aug. 6, anyway, ready to compete in the second annual Olympics Triathlon.I swim a lot, I run a lot, and I just bought a bike, Juzwiak said. So I thought, 'what the heck?'Juzwiak did well, finishing 29th of the more than 80 competitors who showed up at Buck Lake Park Sunday morning, along with a crowd or family, friends, fans and the occasional dog.This if the first year for a kids' race, too, so children could see jogging across the park, mirroring their (usually) more serious counterparts from the adult world.This is the second year for the event, which features a 750-meter swim in Buck Lake, a 30-kilometer bike ride through the streets of Hansville, and a 5-k run through the park and surrounding roads.Kevin Lynch, a triathlon enthusiast and supporter who began the event last year, said 66 people signed up last year, 83 this year ... and that's not counting the 15 kids in the kids' race.Lynch has been running triathlons for 10 years, beginning when he was an employee for the Department of Defense. Now he spends most of his time setting up triathlons. It's what I do. It's my passion, he said.Why?It's the coolest thing on two wheels, Lynch said.And Buck Lake Park is the perfect place to pull it off, Lynch added.We looked around, and we decided on this park - it's just a beautiful location for a triathlon, he said.Lynch also had to find sponsors, one of which was Bainbridge Human Performance Center. Monique West, the special program director, was there for Sunday's race.Although she was working at the information table (where a tape of past triathlons was playing), West has run triathlons before.I remember what it's like to do your first and first. What it's like to reach that goal, she said.A goal she said she wants others to reach. Triathlons are great goals for people who want to become fit, she stressed.This is a great way to get people involved, she said.The hot spot at Buck Lake Park during the triathlon was next to the bike racks, where competitors hopped off their bicycles and began running - the third and final leg of the grueling event.Family and friends hung around the area like autograph-seekers at the exit to Safeco Field, and when their relative or friend rolled up, usually sweaty and out of breath, he or she was greeted by cheers.Here comes daddy! One mom said, steering two children towards the bike rack. One of the competitors was Brad Williams, from Kent. Williams hadn't participated in triathlons for a couple of years, but the one in Hansville was his second. He finished sixth overall.The bike course was pretty challenging. It was hillier than I thought it would be, he said.Williams swims and rides his bike twice a week to help train for triathlons. He has competed in bigger events than the one in Hansville, including the Ironman Canada, which demands that athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, then cool down by running a mere 26 miles.It's a long day, Williams understated.He said he thought the light rain that fell all morning and afternoon at Hansville helped the triathlon field there.It was nice that it was overcast and kind of cool, Williams said.Another tough part, Williams said, was the final hill before the finish line.That was the one that got me, he said. "