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Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Double Jeopardy, athletes trek Pendleton in dual competitions

By Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | August 05, 2013

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Hundreds of service members and civilians came together on the Assault Craft Unit-5 training beach to participate in the first duathlon and triathlon combination as a part of the Hard Corps Race Series here Aug. 3.

Hundreds of service members and civilians came together on the Assault Craft Unit-5 training beach to participate in the first duathlon and triathlon combination as a part of the Hard Corps Race Series here Aug. 3. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer)


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Hundreds of service members and civilians came together on the Assault Craft Unit-5 training beach to participate in the first duathlon and triathlon combination as a part of the Hard Corps Race Series here Aug. 3.

Hundreds of service members and civilians came together on the Assault Craft Unit-5 training beach to participate in the first duathlon and triathlon combination as a part of the Hard Corps Race Series here Aug. 3. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer)


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Mason Turvey runs accross the finish line, coming in first place in his age group, during the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. Turvey is an Oceanside native. This is the first year the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon triathlon and duathlon. Racers are required to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers.

Mason Turvey runs accross the finish line, coming in first place in his age group, during the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. Turvey is an Oceanside native. This is the first year the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon triathlon and duathlon. Racers are required to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Racers run back onto the beach after the 500 meter swim portion of a triathlon during the Hardcore Race Series’ Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assualt Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the race series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers were also required to cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial.

Racers run back onto the beach after the 500 meter swim portion of a triathlon during the Hardcore Race Series’ Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assualt Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the race series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers were also required to cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Racers ride into the last leg of the 30 kilometer bicycle portion of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers are required to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial.

Racers ride into the last leg of the 30 kilometer bicycle portion of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers are required to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Racers prepare their bicycles for the 30 kilometer portion of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers have to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers.

Racers prepare their bicycles for the 30 kilometer portion of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first event where the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Racers have to swim 500 meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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Competitors search for their finishing times and placements at the end of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first year the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Competitors have to swim 500-meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial.

Competitors search for their finishing times and placements at the end of the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon held at Assault Craft Unit-5 here August 3. The Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon is the first year the Hard Corps Race Series has combined the triathlon and duathlon. Competitors have to swim 500-meters, cycle 30 kilometers, and run 5 kilometers to complete the trial. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer)


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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --

An overcast covered the shore of the Assault Craft Unit-5 training beach where Hundreds of competitors prepared for a test of speed, endurance and strength during the Hard Corps Race Series' first duathlon and triathlon combination event here August 3.

"We combined the two races this year," said Jill Prichard, race series supervisor for Semper Fit Division. "This is the sixth or seventh year we have had the triathlon here at ACU-5, but this is the first year we have run the duathlon with it simultaneously."

The beach was the starting point for the Semper Tri/Devil Dog Duathlon. The categories were broken into divisions, and age groups which were released in intervals on the beach.

The triathlon athletes started the 500 meter swim through the waves around two inflatable buoys. After the swim they transitioned to a 30 kilometer bicycle race and finished with a 5 kilometer run through ACU-5.

Mason Turvey, an Oceanside native said the swim is the hardest part of the competition.
“A lot of people can do it with minimal training,” continued Turvey, who finished first in his age group.

After the last triathlon competitor crossed the starting line, the duathlon contestants gathered in anticipation of the starting horn. The duathlons route began with a 1 kilometer beach run followed by a 30 kilometer bicycle race and finished with a 5 kilometer foot-race.

"This is one of my favorite races. It's local, the price is affordable and the course is clean," said Turvey. "I like the competitive nature and spirit of it all."

Jill Prichard said the triathlon is a popular race in the area. "We consistently sell out or come close to selling out the race every year."

Prichard also said that the course has been steadily growing in popularity with race patrons due to its venue and private location.

"The venue is what makes it amazing, using the boat ramp and the flight deck, and then to have a beach all to ourselves here at ACU-5 is amazing," said Prichard. "This race really showcases the military assets here on base."

For more information on upcoming races, visit www.hardcorpsraceseries.com

Contact Lance Cpl. Orrin Farmer at orrin.farmer@usmc.mil



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