More than 30 members of the Waxahachie Running Club began Labor Day morning with a brisk swim in Lake Waxahachie, followed by either a 10K or 16K bike ride and ended with a fun run of either 5K or 10K.

The event sponsored by the running club was the organization’s first triathlon.

“We started out as a group of friends that wanted to run together. Now we are up to more than 400 members,” club organizer Russell Williams said. “Recently, several members expressed an interest in triathlons after participating in Dallas and Frisco events. We wanted to bring something close to home,” Williams said.

“This tri is the first time for what will become an annual event in Waxahachie,” said race volunteer Louis Louera, whose inspiration put together the Labor Day event.

“For our first time out, we wanted to get the kinks out and be better prepared for next year,” Louera said.

The swimmers had their choice of a 400- or 800-meter swim beginning at the park on Lake Waxahachie. While not all the participants completed the swim, those who did fielded jokes about the sharks and alligators that allegedly call the lake home.

Completing the swim, the transition to the bicycle segment began. With a quick dry off and change into bike shoes, riders took off choosing the route for either the short or long ride.

The morning rains made the ride a little treacherous as recently asphalted roads became wet. As riders began arriving back at the starting line, volunteers were flagging them to slow down to keep from slipping.

Quickly parking their bikes, the athletes made another shoe and clothing change for the final run, the marathon. Again, there was a choice of either a short or long run.

“It’s too hot for long runs in the summer. We can keep our level of fitness in a shorter amount of time,” said triathlon participant Marie Queved. “We have training programs to help people get in better physical condition and prepare them for events similar to today.”

One of the programs is coached is the 5K run. We have a trainer that will coach the participants to be at the proper fitness level to safely participate.

“I hope to generate an interest in this type of program so it will continue to grow and next Labor Day’s triathlon will be a bigger success,” Williams said.

Williams asked that persons interested in joining the Waxahachie Running Club or wanting more information can go to www.RunWRC.com.