Mount Union Triathlon Team Takes First Place in Senior Division

May 05, 2010

Despite heavy rains, Mount Union professors Dr. Leonard Epp, Dr. Peter Schneller and Dr. Martin Horning managed to finish the annual Carnation Triathlon- Duathlon in a time of 2:48.49, making them the winning team to finish in their division.

The annual race, held on the final day of the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival, attracted 180 participants this year. The triathlon consisted of a 1K swim, a 27 mile bike ride and a 10K run. Schneller, associate professor of education, began with the 1K swim at West Branch reservoir. He was followed by Epp, professor of biology, who cycled for twenty-seven miles through pouring rain. Horning, professor of economics, accounting and business administration, ran the final 10 kilometers of the race, thus securing the team's success.

'It was fun, and not nearly as difficult as what I'll face next Monday on the first day of classes!' commented Schneller. He swam breastroke throughout the entire race, but he hopes to get into the pool more next year so that he can swim freestyle for the event.
Horning was most impressed by the individual du-athletes and tri-athletes who competed in all the day's events, and invariably encouraged him as they passed along the course. 'It was a humbling experience because they had been out on the road in the drenching rain for hours and I was just beginning my part of the relay. I know how hard it was for me to run just the 10K. I am in awe of those who have the endurance to do the whole thing. It truly takes a special type of athlete to do all three parts of the race.'

All three team members were in good health and good spirits after completing the triathlon, and were pleased to represent the College.

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