Decker Lake was the scene of the annual running of the Danskin Triathlon on Sunday, June 6. Over 2,000 women registered for the event benefitting the Breast Cancer Research fund and Team Survivor. It was an overcast, hot and humid race, but the Ironchicks did a fantastic job of representing Rogue! The Danskin course is a 1/2 mile swim, 12 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run. The swim takes place in the warm waters of Decker Lake and begins at the slippery slope of the boat ramp. Organizers dropped a ton of sand at the swim exit to protect the feet of the participants from the moss covered rocks near the shore.
Coach Ruth England was on hand to cheer on all the athletes and especially Rogue’s Iron Chicks as they exited the water.
A quick run over the world’s easiest to miss timing mat and the competitors were off to the hilly 12 mile bike course around Decker Lake. As a spectator at this event you have to choose between positioning yourself on the bike course or being able to see the swim start/exit, bike start/exit and run start/turnaround/finish. Our crew chose to see the most variety of the race by staying within the park and skipping the bike course.
After the famous hills of Decker Lake riders dismounted their bikes and slipped on their running shoes for the 5K cross country run course. Not to be outdone by the bike course hills the run course offered a monster hill with a 5% grade at mile 2.5. The Danskin is billed as a race to encourage women to compete in a triathlon and for many it is their first triathlon but it is NOT an easy course.
Congratulations goes out to all of the women that competed Sunday at the Danskin! If triathlon training is on your list this summer, check the Rogue Austin Tri training program!