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The waterfalls section was challenging and memorable for all participants.
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The winning mixed team Lawrence and Jaime Brede on the way up, up, and up.
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Misty Becerra of the winning Have We Met? team is followed by Keith Davis of team Mutt and Jeff through a challenging section.
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The fastest path was straight under the waterfall, but many teams opted to squeeze through behind the rock.
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This parking lot just before the lake was the only flat and paved section athletes encountered on the course.
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The first swim in the Hanging Rock State Park lake saw some teams still pretty close together.
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In harmony together across the lake and ready for more swiming, running and swimming.
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The cold water was a refreshing help for tired legs.
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Pushing through the short 25 meter section.
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The section behind the dam at the lake was also very challenging.
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Curtis Royek and Riley Smith on the way to second place in the male division.
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Kenneth Fletcher and Russ Gannon of team Lynyrd Swymyrd get in the water for another 500 meter effort.
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The air temperatures were a bit warm for this time of the year, but that held no one back.
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The third placed GU Crew team of Marcus Barton and Caleb Baity descend down behind the lake dam.
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The course offered a variety of terrain and challenges. But running was possible in most parts.
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Where is that swim finish?
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Fully focused onward to the next run segment.
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The Dan river offered a very different challenge. It was relatively low and participants could only swim 50-70% the rest was scrambling, floating or playing salamander.
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A big smile from Lindsay Stalowy of team Between a Walk and a Hard Pace with the finish very close.