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700 compete in Tinman Triathlon at CSUSB

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700 compete in Tinman Triathlon at CSUSB

SAN BERNARDINO Hundreds of people tested their physical endurance for a good cause Sunday morning at the 24th annual Tinman Triathlon in north San Bernardino.

Athletes of all ages competed in the running, biking and swimming event through a course around the campus at Cal State San Bernardino. About 700 people signed up in advance to participate, with many more registering Sunday, organizers said.

The triathlon is one of the premier events for San Bernardino Sunset Rotary Club, which has organized the event for more than two decades. Proceeds fund the club’s scholarship program and other projects.

Costa Mesa resident Steve Parker said he’s participated in four triathlons this year, which he sees as an incentive to stay in shape. But this was the first time Parker, 51, took part in the Tinman.cheap nfl jerseys

“It’s a challenging course,” Parker said. “The hill up Devil’s Canyon is a workout.”

The Tinman is a reverse triathlon, starting with a 5K run, followed by a 9 mile bike ride and ending with a 100 yard swim. If the rigors of a triathlon were too much, the event also offered a 5K run, walk or roll as well a triathlon for kids.

Julian Vega, of Fontana, said he trains for races in the hills of Rancho Cucamonga and competes in about three races each month. While his wife was at work Sunday, Vega enjoyed the Tinman.

A main sponsor for the event is Team Poss Abilities, an outreach program at Loma Linda University Medical Center that offers activities and help for disabled persons.

Wearing one of the Poss Abilities jerseys, Fermin Camarena, 56, thanked all the volunteers who enabled him to take part in the disabled category of the triathlon.

Camarena suffered a stroke in 2003, two days before his 49th birthday, that left him paralyzed on his right side, he said. His message to all participants: Never give up.

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