This weekend we traveled again, this time to Pocahontas county, West Virginia for the Great Greenbrier River Race, a triathlon that includes 3 miles running, 4 miles kayaking and 10 miles on the bike. We had 8 family members in the race this year--our oldest son George, his son Clayton (16), our son Aaron and his wife Jaime and son James (10), Derek's son Jared (21), and daughter Haley (16) and Jared's girlfriend Janelle who was participating with Jared as a team (she ran, he did the bike and kayak). Derek usually participates too but this year he is on a training mission with the Army National Guard. Larry and I, along with granddaughters Hannah and Cassidy and Cassidy's boyfriend Garrett, George's wife and Aaron's little daughter Michaela were there as support and cheering section.
We began to worry then because we expected George to be coming in very soon, as he'd had a strong race last year. After a while he crossed the line and we learned that Clayton's bike chain had come off so George had stopped to help him. Clayton's time was also slowed because his chain problems meant the bike's gears weren't shifting as they should.
Jared had problems with his kayak, getting caught in a rogue current and that slowed his time. He and Janella partnered--she did the run and he did bike and kayak. He made up a good bit of time on the bike.
(Jared and Janelle)
(James and Jaime)
Clayton, despite his bike problems, still had a respectable finish for his first-ever triathlon. He and James both plan to compete again next year, along with all of our other racers.
The rain held off the rest of the day and we headed home tired but happy. As soon as we got here, the storms started again, so we really we lucky that the weather during the race.
Congratulations to all of the participants, and a big thank you to all the volunteers who make the race happen each year!