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Thousands participate in NYC Triathlon

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Before the sun was up they were jumping in.

Athletes from around the world hopped into the Hudson River for the start of the 14th annual New York City Triathlon

Fox was once again a proud sponsor of the NYC Triathlon with Fox 5 Vice President and GM Lew Leone being one of the more than 4000 athletes competing.

The test was a grueling one. A one and a half kilometer swim, a 24. 8 mile bike ride followed by a 6.2 mile run.

“The bike was a little scary, I’m not going to lie but the volunteers were amazing they were yelling for us the whole way and lots of police out there was appreciated” one participant told us.

Along with the elite athletes, many were competing for a cause. Eric Morante of Houston Texas was part of the Semper Fi fun. A group of wounded veterans who were racing to raise awareness for injured members of the armed forces.

“We still face many challenges every day. Many people dont see it, but when we come out here and do things like this, people actually get to see the awareness...and see how far we go” Morante said.

After swimming in the Hudson and biking up the West Side Highway, the triathlon ended with the athletes crossing the finish line in Central Park. Your winner on the men’s side was Ben Collins of Chicago and on the ladies side, Alicia Kaye of Massachusetts.

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