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Got Energy Triathlon draws hundreds despite chilly weather

WEST SALEM, Wis. - Area athletes put their training to the test by swimming, biking and running more than 20 miles in an annual triathlon.

It's the 10th annual Y's Got Energy Triathlon.

The event is a fundraiser for the Strong Kids Campaign, which provides funding for kids to participate in programs they otherwise would be unable to.

About 300 participants braved the weather Sunday morning in West Salem.

The event director, Travis Pernsteiner, said that's down a little from last year, most likely because of the cold start to the year.

He said the cold temps also made for a chilly start to this morning.


"The water temperature is around 63, 64 degrees, so it was chilly and we had to pull quite a few people from the water. So it wasn't a great day for a swim, but most of the athletes braved the water and were able to finish the swim," said Pernsteiner.

It took about 125 volunteers to make the triathlon happen.

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