Swimming in cool lake waters. Cycling through scenic terrain. Running across hills and dells.
On Sunday morning, June 30 at Sanders Ferry Park, these events marked the return of a triathlon to the City by the Lake. Approximately 200 area athletes competed in the Old Hickory Lake Triathlon, which consisted of a 400-meter open water swim, a 20-kilometer (12.4 miles) bicycle ride and a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run.
The event was put on by the Hendersonville Endurance Athletics Team (HEAT) and was supported by the Hendersonville Parks and Recreation department as well as numerous local financial sponsors.
All proceeds from the triathlon go to support the Salvus Center in Gallatin. This year’s competition raised over $5,000, which was presented to Jennifer Flanagan, Salvus Center Executive Director, during the awards ceremony.
The overall triathlon winner was 31-year-old Conrad Goeringer of Nashville, who completed the course in combined time of 54:27. He was followed closely by 16-year-old Hendersonville native Troy Fields and 37-year-old Chattanooga resident Bruno Martin, who finished the triathlon in 54:58 and 57:05, respectively.
In the women’s division, 35-year-old Lebanon local Elly Kabboord was the overall winner, posting a finish time of 1:05:40. She was followed by 26-year-old Cookeville resident Clair Orr and 19-year-old Haley Adams from North Carolina, who finished in 1:08:06 and 1:13:14, respectively.