With a new finish line venue at Palmer Events Center, the TriRock Austin Triathlon presented by REI took over the streets of Austin today. Austin’s Andrea Fisher returned to the 2014 event to reclaim her title from 2012, while Nicholas Sterghos from Harker Heights placed first among the men’s Olympic division.
“I love racing in my hometown, I love being where my friends are out on the course cheering,” said Fisher, a former All-America swimmer at the University of Texas. “I just kind of went into management mode on the run because I knew where I was in comparison to the other girls, so instead of pulling up I just kind of managed myself and tried to keep the turnover going. It feels good though, having a good day.”
TriRock Austin started at Auditorium Shores with a swim in Lady Bird Lake, wound through the streets of downtown including a bike down Congress Street in front of the Capitol Building. The event featured a new finish line directly in front of the Palmer Event Center. Athletes celebrated age-group wins with Michelob Ultra beer garden and a finish line concert by local band Dos Gatos.
Fisher adds, “I hope the race continues to grow, downtown is such a great venue for racing. Austin is such an active town, so I hope that the people and the city embrace more events like this and really get behind them.”
Spectators, volunteers and upbeat music helped motivate and cheer on the sprint, intermediate and relay participants along the course. All participants received a finisher’s medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and access to the finish line festival, concert and beer garden.
“I’m finishing up my season here, and trying to get in all the local races,” said Sterghos, an active member of the army who moved to Fort Hood in 2010. “It was fun, I like going up Congress. I was smoked from the bike and swim, but I kept it consistent the whole race. You never know what to expect since Austin has so many great athletes. My goal was just to get out there and have a good race.”
Clear Lake High School student Andy Borremans placed first overall in the men’s sprint division in 1:17:11, while 41-year-old Jeffrey Zickus was only a few minutes behind to land him second place in 1:20:04.
For more information about TriRock Austin Triathlon presented by REI, visit TriRockSeries.com.
2014 TriRock Austin Triathlon Results – Top 3 Open Division
Place, Name, Age, City, Time
1. Nicholas Sterghos, 27, Harker Heights, TX, 2:01:07
2. Patrick Dougherty, 35, Corpus Christi, TX, 2:05:33
3. Colin Sully, 36, Austin, 2:07:00
1. Andrea Fisher, 42, Austin, 2:15:09
2. Alicia Allen, 27, Austin, 2:24:21
3. Julianne Fiocca, 45, Austin, 2:29:20
1. Andy Borremans, 18, 1:17:11
2. Jeffrey Zickus, 41, 1:20:04
3. Mark Hernandez, 47, 1:20:54
1. Catherine Meihofer, 40, 1:27:04
2. Meredith Johnson, 37, 1:28:50
3. Liz Shelton, 37, 1:30:21