33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon

Thirty-eight-year-old Tyson Pompelia from Meridian won first place in the Triathlon. He finished in under 2 hours. Thirty-four-year-old Dale Sanford from Germantown Tennessee came in second, and 19-year-old Trevor Galicki from Jackson was third.....Source Thirty-eight-year-old Tyson Pompelia from Meridian won first place in the Triathlon. He finished in under 2 hours. Thirty-four-year-old Dale Sanford from Germantown Tennessee came in second, and 19-year-old Trevor Galicki from Jackson was third.....Source
You don't have to run the whole thing yourself; you can also do a relay.....Source: WLBT You don't have to run the whole thing yourself; you can also do a relay.....Source: WLBT
The Triathlon consists of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, followed by a 27.5-mile bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway, then a 10 kilometer run along Ridgeland's Multi-Use Trail.....Source: WLBT The Triathlon consists of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, followed by a 27.5-mile bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway, then a 10 kilometer run along Ridgeland's Multi-Use Trail.....Source: WLBT
Saturday was the 33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon along the Natchez Trace Parkway.....Source: WLBT Saturday was the 33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon along the Natchez Trace Parkway.....Source: WLBT
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RIDGELAND, MS (WLBT) -

Saturday was the 33rd annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

"A lot of people will decide to do one, and it's actually usually some type of trigger," explained Pam Ruth who helped organize the race. "It could be age, it could be weight loss, it could be that they want to be a better parent or want to be in better shape for their grandkids. They may want to quit smoking. Or they saw something on TV and just want to do something cool." explained Pam Ruth,

Ruth used to run in the race herself but has now become the Event Manager.

The Triathlon consists of a half mile swim in the Ross Barnett Reservoir, followed by a 27.5-mile bike ride along the Natchez Trace Parkway, then a 10 kilometer run along Ridgeland's Multi-Use Trail.

"I ran cross country in High School, and that still sounds like a lot to me," said Jalen Muckelvene, who works for the City of Ridgeland and was helping at the race.

Muckelvene spent the day handing out water and pulling competitors out of the water when they transitioned from the swim to the biking portion.

"Really, they were like 'Yeah, I got kind of sore'. And I was like 'Yeah, I imagine you did!'" laughed Muckelvene.

You don't have to run the whole thing yourself; you can also do a relay.

Owenne George ran for her team in the relay. This is her first time competing in the Heatwave Classic Triathlon.

But their team's swimmer, Kate Eidt, comes every year.

"I just like it. It's local, it's fun, Ridgeland does a really good job with it. It's safe," said Eidt. "I'm used to the environment and the course, so it's a comfortable race for me." 

Thirty-eight-year-old Tyson Pompelia from Meridian won first place in the Triathlon. He finished in under 2 hours. Thirty-four-year-old Dale Sanford from Germantown Tennessee came in second, and 19-year-old Trevor Galicki from Jackson was third.

"We have a lot of first timers here too," added Ruth. "I always love the young people who think they're going to win because they're young, then somebody fifty passes them. You eat some crow here."

Thirty-one-year-old Anna Wile from Meridian was the first woman to complete the race this year. She was the 14th person overall to finish the race. She crossed the finish line after two hours, 18 minutes, and 11 seconds.

If you're interested in competing in a triathlon, Ruth and the other event managers highly recommend it.

"Talk to a triathlete, come watch one, volunteer, run a relay, and you'll get the bug," said Ruth. "And it's a good way to stay in shape. You get to do all kinds of events. You're not just doing run, swim, and bike each day, you get to pick 'Okay, today's a swim day. Tomorrow's a run day. Today's a bike day.' So it keeps you from getting injured, and it's actually better to do multi-sport." 

All 162 contestants have their race times listed online.

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