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'Heatwave Classic' Turns Reservoir Into a Triathlon Course

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Ridgeland, MS -

The weather this year did not live up to the name of Ridgeland's Heatwave Classic.

In fact racers in the triathlon that started in finished at Old Trace Park posted some quick times on Saturday thanks to early overcast skies.

Chris Kneip enters the transition area - going from biking to running - with his wife Olivia's voice clearly the loudest in the area.

"I am a triathlete also and so I know that adrenaline that's going through him right now and it's just so exciting. This is his strong leg - the run - so we're just all excited," Olivia Kneip said.

She's joined by a local triathlon training group that has dubbed itself "The Insane Need for Speed". Their posse is one of the bigger cheering sections at the race hosting 260 athletes.

It's an effort that requires a lot of volunteers, Wendy Bourdin, special events coordinator with the city of Ridgeland's Recreation and Parks Department, said.

Bourdin also served as a race director.

"It's pretty tough but we get it done every year and it keeps getting easier and easier," Bourdin said.

Now in its 28th year, the event annually competes with other races for participants, Bourdin said.

For 2013 organizers lucked out: nice weather with a big field of racers headed to the finish line.

It was perfect cheering weather for people like Olivia.

"It doesn't matter how tall, how short, how big, how small you are. Anybody can get out and train and do these events and it is amazing. Everybody should go out and try a triathlon," Kneip said.

"I am so excited out here and then they're healthy and just competing. Competing is one of the best things ever if you do it correctly so it's awesome. It's awesome," Kneip said.

Ridgeland's Heat Wave Classic included a half mile swim, a 24.5 mile bike ride, and a 6.2 mile run.

Top finishers completed 'the classic' in a little under two hours.

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