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MASON CITY, IA – Whether you run, swim, ride your bike or do all three, the mason city triathlon gives folks a chance to spend quality time with their loved ones.
Each year more and more take part in the event, it consists of a 250 meter swim, a 3.1 mile run and a 10 mile bike ride.
While for some it’s a battle of endurance, for others like Jim Miller of Mason City, it’s a chance to spend time with his sons and stay active all at the same time.
That is, if he can keep up.
“They give me a hard time. You know the old guy has to keep up. So they have a little fun with that too,” said Miller.
For Jim, this event has become a Father’s Day weekend tradition.
“It’s been a lot of fun for us. We’ve done this several years now and they do a great job putting it together. I’m here doing the bike part. My sons do the running and the biking. So Jake and Ross really carried me through the event. It’s just kind of fun part of the Father’s Day weekend really,” said Miller.
The Mason City Police Department’s Unit 18 sponsors the event each year that raises money to benefit youth activities and sports in Mason City.
Giving Jim yet another reason to take part.
“We wanted to do something healthy and yet bring families together for something fun that they could do together. It’s not meant to be a real serious one, it can be. It’s a sprint or try to if you want it to be serious, it can be serious. We always have it on a Father’s Day weekend bringing the families together and doing something fun together,” said Lieutenant Frank Stearns of Mason City Police.
“I’m here with my family, we got friends that are active here in mason city and this is for a great cause. The police department does a lot of fundraising for several great causes so I couldn’t nail it down to just one. It’s just a fun day,” said Miller.
Awards were also given to the top finishers in each age group.
Along with two $500 scholarships up for grabs to one male and one female who are attending college for their participation in the event.