Great Floridian Triathlon - Postscript

Great Floridian Triathlon - Postscript

Post by Beejo » Sun, 02 Nov 1997 04:00:00

I'm overwhelmed at the response I got to my post.  Many of them touched me
as much as the accomplishment itself.  Thank you all very much.  Just a
couple of final observations: according to the "official" stats posted by
the organizers, Central Florida Triathletes - Sommer Sports, 707 of us toed
the line at the start and 550 finished - an attrition rate of over 20%.
Some of the age groups experienced an attrition rate of over 40%.  Nearly
400 athletes got IVs at the end.  I knew the conditions were gonna be
hellish, but didn't know just how hellish till I read these numbers.  As I
told a small circle of confidants before the race, I wanted to finish in
under 15 hours, with dignity, on my own two feet, while avoiding the
medical tent.  I was truly fortunate and blessed in having met all four -
particularly the last, it turns out.  This was the best organized, best
run, and best staffed race I've ever done - bar none.  Fred Sommer and his
staff, particularly the volunteers, deserve much of the credit for pulling
many, many competitors through the race.  God bless them all.  One final
note - as was pointed out to me (tongue in cheek, I'm sure), the (unnamed)
volunteer at the St. Pete Mad Dogs' stop who gave me that final hug that
helped me on my way was Diane Berberian - an Ironman Hawaii veteran Joanie
and I met Thursday night - and very special person!

John (Faith)
Ft. Washington, MD

John (Faith)
Ft. Washington, MD