Here they are, coming in to the canoe finish line. This is their least favorite part of the race. It takes about 45 minutes, there's no current, and they have very little canoeing experience!
Here is Brian emerging from the woods at the end of the mountain bike portion. They cross this road into a roped off area where they throw their bike down, take off their helmet and camelback, and change into running shoes.
Brian approaching the finish line 2 hours, 5 minutes and 46 seconds after starting the triathalon! Notice the blood on his knee (there's a nasty gash on the side of his left leg you can't see, too, and an abrasion on the side of his right arm!) The mountian bike portion is pretty technical with lots of large rocks and roots, and he took 3 spills while biking. I overheard a man near us comment as Brian crossed the finish line "If you ain't bloody, you ain't ridin'!
Brian and David at the end! They've been great friends for almost 25 years. They began their friendship pushing each other to excel in high school football. Here they are, so many years later, and the competitiveness still runs strong!
Owen and Dawson snacking and waiting patiently to see Daddy come out of the woods!
David & Kara have three girls, Audrey, 8, Hallie, 6, and Ruby, 20 months. Ruby stayed with a friend for the day because Kara was racing, too. David's Mom came to the race, as well as some of Kara's family, so pictured above is Kara's neice, Maddie, Peyton, Audrey, Kellen, and Hallie.