Dave and Andy's Aquathon

Published in the Fort Bend Southwest Star - August 20, 2003.


Aquathon transition

Shoes, shirts and water bottles are left behind as runners become swimmers in the second leg of Dave and Andy's Aquathon held Sunday morning in First Colony. (Photo by Frank Casimiro/zeppzone.com)


Aquathon draws 143 participants

By Frank Casimiro
If you saw the small crowd of people gathered around the lake behind the First Colony Aquatic Center pool Sunday August 17th and wondered what was happening, you witnessed a Houston-area first –Dave and Andy’s Aquathon. The 143 participants gathered in the early morning to test their athletic endurance in this grueling challenge consisting of a 1000 meter lake swim sandwiched between two three mile runs.

Partakers checked in as early as 5:30 AM to have their body marked with their racer identification number. After some pre-race announcements, the first wave of runners took to the challenge promptly at 7:00 AM. The running course wrapped around the lake and into the nearby subdivision. After the first three mile run, participants entered the swim transition area, shedding running shoes and strapping on swim caps and goggles for the lake swim. Buoys lined the swim course as did manned canoes for safety. Many found it difficult to pull near weightless bodies from the water to face the second three mile run.

Because aquathon rules state nothing could be left behind in the transition area, athletes had to find and reclaim shoes and carry with them swim caps and goggles as they ran the run course in reverse for the trek to the finish. An unexpected finish line twist greeted the exhausted athletes –it was located atop a small hill.

Veteran Houston-area race directors Dave Rainey and Andy Stewart teamed together to bring the aquathon to the Houston area. Plenty of volunteers were on hand to help the event run smoothly. Your typical high energy after race food and fluids were available for athletes to replenish drained bodies after the race.

The top six finishers per age group 20 years and older qualified for the USAT Team and are eligible to participate in the Aquathon World Championships to be held in Queenstown, New Zealand in December 2003. The event was sponsored by Memorial Hermann SportsCare and benefited First Colony Masters Swim Team and Cenikor –Knock out drugs.


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