17th Force Support Squadron hosts annual sprint triathlon

Alexandra Rodriguez pushes to the finish at the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. Rodriguez competed in the 20 to 24 age category. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

Alexandra Rodriguez pushes to the finish at the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. Rodriguez competed in the 20 to 24 age category. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Aubrie Frazier, 17th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, holds an award after the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. Frazier received the top military champion award for her completion time of 1:28:25. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Aubrie Frazier, 17th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, holds an award after the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. Frazier received the top military champion award for her completion time of 1:28:25. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

Volunteers from Goodfellow Air Force Base lend a hand at the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. The swimmers received help getting up the boat ramp and out of Lake Nasworthy. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released

Volunteers from Goodfellow Air Force Base lend a hand at the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. The swimmers received help getting up the boat ramp and out of Lake Nasworthy. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released

Competitors prepare for the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. The bike area is used as a staging zone for each section of the triathlon. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

Competitors prepare for the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon on July 29, 2017, at the Goodfellow recreational camp, in San Angelo, Texas. The bike area is used as a staging zone for each section of the triathlon. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Amn Zachary Chapman/Released)

SAN ANGELO, Texas --

Athletes from both Goodfellow and San Angelo participated in the 17th Force Support Squadron’s Annual Sprint Triathlon at the Goodfellow Air Force Base recreation camp July 29.

Approximately 70 participants came out this year to complete the 400 meter swim, 20K bike ride and a 5K run.

Brian Lemaster, an Army instructor, was the winner of the overall male category.

“Physical fitness is part of our lifestyle,” said Lemaster. “After I retired from the military I needed something to do to stay active.”

The triathlon took more than one hour for him to complete.

“You need perseverance, after going through the trials and tribulations of whether or not you need to push harder or dial it back it is what helps you through,” said Lemaster.

The event coordinator, Marcel Gibson, agrees when speaking of the importance of perseverance.

“You have to have a strong will, strong mentality and strong focus,” said Gibson.

Gibson also encourages anyone to come out and try to tackle the challenge of next year’s triathlon.

“It’s good to do thing with the community,” said Gibson.

The winner of the top military male category was 1st Lt. Benjamin Yokley, 315th Training Squadron student, and the winner of the top military female category was Capt. Aubrie Frazier, 17th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician.