Lance Armstrong competes in Superfrog Triathlon in Coronado
Armstrong finishes first, sets new course record
10:54 AM, Sep 30, 2012
6:47 PM, Sep 30, 2012
CORONADO, Calif. -
Hundreds of triathletes competed in a popular local triathlon in Coronado on Sunday, including cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The first part of the grueling triathlon is the swimming portion and Armstrong was first out of the water, leading the triathlon early on.
Superfrog Triathlon race director Mitch Hall told 10News there was record number of 825 competitors in this year's race. He attributes that to the presence of the world's most famous cyclist.
However, Armstrong's presence has also brought controversy. Because of the allegations of performance-enhancing drug use, the triathlon was not sanctioned this year. That means none of the competitors could accumulate points.
Some fans thought that was unfair.
"To punish everybody else for one person's supposed mistake... I don't think that's cool," said fan Taylor Beck.
The triathlon is not for the physically faint of heart. The three-part race consists of a 1.2-mile swim followed by a 56-mile bike ride and then a 13.1-mile run.
Armstrong, who finished in first place, also broke the course record. The old record was 3 hours and 56 minutes, and Armstrong finished in 3 hours and 49 minutes.
The money raised from the Superfrog Triathlon will go to benefit the families of fallen Navy SEALs.