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When Joanne Cogle moved from Hawaii to
Columbus a few years ago, she appreciated
the opportunities the city offered for running,
swimming and cycling, as well as the locals'
appreciation for the sports. From that, she
soon got the idea to create the Chattahooch-
ee Challenge Race Series.
"We have a great river and a complement-
ing river walk, so it was a no-brainer to create
an event that combined them all," Cogle said.
"I thought it would be a great addition to the
community, which was already comprised of
fans of the individual sports themselves."
To make sure all individuals — wheth-
er veterans in the sport or rookies — can
participate, the Series features three different
distances of races. The half race features a
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1
mile run. The Olympic race has a two loop
500-meter swim, a 23-mile bike ride and a
10K run. The sprint race includes a 400-meter
swim down river, 12-mile bike ride and a 5K
run. The sprint also includes a highlight of
the annual event: it starts with a water slide
entrance into the river and ends with a water
"We want to make sure that everyone can
be involved and that it's family friendly and
fun," Cogle said. "Our goal was, and continues
to be, to make it friendly to all ages and ath-
letic abilities. It's meant to appeal to runners
of all experience levels."
The event, which is sanctioned by USA
Triathlon, has helped put Columbus on the
map as a triathlon mecca. The Series brings
out hundreds of volunteers to help each year,
and it draws well over 1,000 participants
between the three different races.
"The community has been amazing with
their support and willingness to get behind
the vision of this event," Cogle said. "We're
excited about 2017." n
Joanne Cogle, USA Triathlon Coach/
USA Triathlon Race Director