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A triathlon with an eco twist

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

On Sunday morning amateur athletes got the chance to paddle, peddle, and run through George Wyth State Park in Waterloo. That's where the 5th Annual Eco-Triathlon took place.

This event was put on the by the Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails.

The race is different from other triathlons because instead of swimming the participants kayak and all of the running is done on soft trails instead of on paved roads.

In all, the race included 2.1 miles of kayaking, 7.1 miles of mountain biking, and 3.2 miles of soft trail running.

Organizers say the triathlon is a good way promote George Wyth State Park and show everything that it has to offer.

"It's another opportunity for people to go and experience biking, hiking, bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, so it's a way to participate in activities in the summer and spring and winter as well here in the Cedar Valley," said Redgie Blanco of the Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails.

To go with the eco theme the race the trophies handed out to the winners were made out of reused and recycled materials.

More than 50 people participated in the race.

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