LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
“It’s hard, you know, it’s a long time to work. You can easily find yourself taking a day off, because one day isn’t a big deal,” said Stanko. “But then that becomes two days, three days, or a habit you can fall into.”
Originally a competition in 1920s France, the modern incarnation of the American triathlon can trace its roots to the 1970s West Coast in San Diego. 46 participants competed in the event. Soon after, in 1978, athletes and military personnel in Hawaii heard of the event, and used local races – including a marathon and two-day bike race – as a blueprint for their own. This created the first Ironman.
For more information on the Laurel Lake Triathlon, visit www.laurellaketri.com or visit the event’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/laurel-lake-tri.