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Triathlons are used as personal challenges for first-time triathletes. Add a few brothers and sisters to the equation, and it turns into a family affair.
Half of this year’s competitors in the Whidbey Island Triathlon are first-timers. Carrie Monforte, program coordinator for the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District, estimated half of the racers are new to the triathlon, and a total of 254 individual triathletes and 72 racers on 27 teams will compete today in the 14th edition of the race.