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Gallery: 2023 Padden Triathlon

At 8:42 on Saturday morning, the first wave of about 50 athletes stepped foot into Lake Padden, waiting for their mark. Recreation coordinator Billy Reeves, who earlier made a joke about forgetting his whistle, shouted “Ready! Set! Go!” and the initial group was off.

Separated by two-to-three-minute intervals, Reeves released the following two waves into the water. This began the 2023 Padden Triathlon competitive long-course race. Participants started with a half-mile swim, transitioned into a 21-mile bike ride and finished with a 5.2-mile run, or two laps around the lake.

The recreational race followed at 1 p.m. with a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 2.6-mile run.