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The 4th Annual df Ranch Triathlon was held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Lake Sweetwater public boat ramp and was the USA Triathlon Texas State Sprint Championships.
The triathlon was be a timed race that includes a 500-meter swim in the lake, 14 mile bike on a rolling hills course on FM 2035 and a 3.1-mile run on County Road 252.
There was also be a Land-Lover's division for those who prefer not to get wet, which included just the bike and run portion. A designated swimmer completed the swim for the participant, and then their race started as the swimmer left the water and began their transition.
During registration, participants were asked to select a wave. The three wave options are "hares"--hard charging swimmers, "tortoises"--slow and steady racers, or beginners.
Through the funds raised by the df Ranch Triathlon, organizers raise money toward the awareness and research of Alzheimer's disease. Event coordinators David and Karly Bobo have personally been impacted by the disease after David lost his grandfather and grandmother, Dave and Frances Fitzgerald, within a two-year timeframe--thus prompting them to put the triathlon plan into motion.
The event is sponsored by the Fitzgerald and Reichenstein families, LakeSweetwater.com, Larry May CPA, Zimmer Solutions, Morgan Real Estate, Texas National Bank, Hammer Nutrition, Brookshire's and KXOX.
Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can visit their website at https://fastfeetracing.com/2012_df_Ranch_Triathlon.html.