FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Saturday, May 31, an upwards of some 750 people raced in the 10th Annual Grandman Triathlon in Fairhope.
The race has three elements: a third of a mile swim off of Fairhope Pier, an 18.6 mile bike race, and a 5K run.
It was hosted by the Mobile Bay Keeper and Springhill Medical Center, and it’s all for the cause of keeping our Mobile Bay a clean place to play.
“We promote clean water, clean air, and a healthy community, healthy racers, getting people outside, making sure they can swim in good, clean water, and a beautiful Mobile Bay, that’s our mission,” said Casi Callaway with Mobile Bay Keeper.
Congressman Bradley Byrne was also present at the race. He gave opening remarks, and fired the starting gun.
Byrne said he was glad to be a part of the cause.
“It’s a great cause, too, we’re trying to keep Mobile Bay, and the other waters in this area, clean,” he said, “So this is good for everybody.”
Event planners said this is one of the biggest races that they’ve had in years. Racers came to Fairhope from all over the country, as far as Colorado and Wisconsin.
“We had over 100 first timers, which is so great,” said Callaway, “So, people who had never raced before, or done a triathlon before, they’re all here, and they love this good, short, fun race.”
“I’m just glad to be around a bunch of fun people, and hopefully we’ll have a lot of fun,” said one racer before she jumped in Mobile Bay to start the race.
The race also benefitted two other non-profit organizations, Camp Rap-a-Hope and The Gulf Coast Area Triathletes.
A winner of the race was David Sullian of Gulfport, Miss., and Fairhope resident, Luke Gunells, came in second place. Casey Kramer of Hattiesburg, Miss., was third.