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The Accel Group takes over Peregrine Charities Triathlon

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More than 170 athletes jumped in George Wyth Lake, pedaled on their bikes, and took to the streets to participate in the inaugural Accel Triathlon in Waterloo Sunday. More than 170 athletes jumped in George Wyth Lake, pedaled on their bikes, and took to the streets to participate in the inaugural Accel Triathlon in Waterloo Sunday.
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More than 170 athletes jumped in George Wyth Lake, pedaled on their bikes, and took to the streets to participate in the inaugural Accel Triathlon in Waterloo Sunday.

"Perfect day for a race," said Eric Henely, winner of the sprint division of the triathlon.

This wasn't the first time Henely had participated in this triathlon.

"Started in 2008 when this was the Peregrine Charities triathlon," he said. "So I did it in 2008 to 2011 and then this year."

The Peregrine Charities Triathlon started in 2008, but was canceled last year when PFG Best filed for bankruptcy.

That's when the Accel Group decided to step in and take over.

"We all know the Peregrine story and we know some of the hardship that came along with that, but one of the things they did well was they brought a triathlon to our community," said Stacie Brass, race coordinator.

"We had clients and folks that were so disappointed when that went away, so we felt it was a great opportunity to step in and bring something back to the Cedar Valley," Brass added.

Leaders with The Accel Group say they want to expand on what Peregrine Charities started. Proceeds from the race will benefit charities in Black Hawk County.

"Aspire Therapeutic Riding, Covenant Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters -- just a lot of local agencies that are going to benefit that will divide about $10,000," said Brass.

Participants from six states took part in Sunday's triathlon. Organizers say they've already started work on next year's race.

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