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Hundreds of participants gut it out in Hansen Dam Triathlon
By Susan Abram Staff Writer
Posted:   08/19/2012 03:26:37 PM PDT
Updated:   08/19/2012 04:40:39 PM PDT

Participants run into the water for the start of the 8th annual Hansen Dam Triathlon Sunday morning. Participants had to swim 500 meters, bike 11 miles, and run a 5K. (David Crane / Staff Photographer)

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LAKE VIEW TERRACE - Showing off ripped stomach muscles and lean physiques, hundreds of men and women tackled a 500-yard swim, an 11-mile bicycle ride and a three-mile run Sunday as part of the Hansen Dam Triathlon.
More than 800 athletes of all ages and physical abilities participated in the annual event, where many said they wanted to do it for reasons ranging from setting a personal goal to raising awareness about health and safety issues.
"It's personal for me," said Rudy Baca, 45, of Shadow Hills, who has completed the triathlon twice before.
"The hardest part for me is waking upearly and going swimming," he added.
"I do it for health reasons," said Kristina Garcia, 30. "I've always been an athlete, but this is an adrenaline rush."
Now in its eighth year, the Hansen Dam Triathlon has gained a wide reputation outside the San Fernando Valley, said race director Mark Tipton. This year's triathlon included an Olympian race, which meant each portion was doubled - a 1,000-meter swim, a 22-mile cycle and a 10k run.