The threat of rain didn’t stop 63 women from competing in the Omaha Women’s Super Sprint Triathlon on Saturday morning. They were about to go for a swim anyway.
The short-distance triathlon included a 375-meter swim in Flanagan Lake, an 8-kilometer bike ride and a 2.5-kilometer run.
Amy Vacek of Omaha said the Super Sprint was her first triathlon of the year. She beat her time goal by five minutes.
“It was good. Tiring, but really good,” Vacek said. “Everybody out there was really positive.”
Positivity and camaraderie could be seen throughout the race. From the dash into the water to the sometimes pained jog through the finish line, women cheered on their fellow racers.
Administrative coordinator Beth Dworkin said an event like the Super Sprint is important “for so many reasons.”
“We always have a lot of new women who want to give it a try,” Dworkin said. “They might be a runner, they might be a swimmer, but they come to a women’s triathlon like this because the other women are so supportive, even encouraging each other on the courses.”
Morgan Chaffin was the overall winner. The Elkhorn-area resident said biking was the most challenging part of the race.
Chaffin started competing in triathlons after she was in a bicycle crash that led to a concussion and broken collarbone.
The former competitive cyclist does eight to 10 events like Saturday’s a year, including an extreme Iron Man in Alaska this Wednesday.
“That’s like one of my main races this year,” Chaffin said. “I kind of wanted to get out and push a little bit.”
Karla Park placed second. She had never competed in a Super Sprint before and saw it as a new challenge.
The Council Bluffs resident said she enjoys the atmosphere that racing creates.
“Just going in and getting stuff done — I really like it,” Park said. “It helps a lot with anxiety, too, being focused on different things.”
Saturday’s Super Sprint was followed by the Wonder Girls Youth Triathlon, featuring girls 6 to 14 years old.
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