CLEARWATER -- It's been a tradition for the past ten years, as athletes from across the U.S. and Canada head to Warner Park in Clearwater to run in the Graniteman Triathlon.

"When we started this ten years ago there wasn't a triathlon in the St. Cloud area," says race director Bill Corcoran. "Now it gives athletes something to train for and put something on the calender."

The course consists of a .46 mile swim, 15 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run where around 400 athletes competed and show what they are made of.

"Most of our triathletes are beginners," says race director Bill Corcoran. "It's not all Ironman athletes, there are a lot of beginners and a lot of people just trying to get in shape."

The race is not only physically challenging to the competitors, but it can be mentally draining as well.

"On the bike the mental (being the hardest part)," says Joel Dickey a triathlete. "and then once it gets to the run the physical kicks in because you're tired at that point."

Dennis Dane, 33, of Robbinsdale won the race with a time of 1:08:49.

Graniteman holds three different triathlons throughout the summer, one in St. Cloud, Clearwater and Big Lake.

The next Graniteman is Aug. 3 at Lakeside Park in Big Lake.

Click results to see how other triathletes did in the today's race.


Triathletes head out on leg one of their Graniteman Triathlon. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)