On Saturday morning, 170 athletes gathered to participate in the San Rafael Classic Triathlon that was hosted at Huntington State Park. To kickoff the event Friday evening, walk-in registrations, race packet pick-up and a spaghetti dinner served and prepared by the Emery County Sheriff Search and Rescue took place.
Most of the participants chose to camp at the state park on Friday evening, though some opted to stay at nearby hotels. While there were a number of locals that were in the event, the majority of participants came from throughout the western United States.
Along with the main race, a race for kids was hosted for future competitors to prepare. The event is organized by the Emery County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team as an annual fundraiser. Proceeds generally go toward purchasing SAR equipment. The event’s race directors were Emery County Sheriff Greg Funk, John Karren and Wade Allinson.
The sheriff’s office would like to extend gratitude to local businesses for their generous donations. The triathlon is officially sanctioned to benefit the search and rescue, and participants commented that a combination of a closed course and the location of the event make it one of the best triathlons around.