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Major win at Columbus AFB triathlon

Col. Anthony Sansano, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, speaks to the crowd in the Columbus Club parking lot before a triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event staff was in charge of keeping the event safe and had individuals at specific markers to hand water to the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Col. Anthony Sansano, 14th Mission Support Group Commander, speaks to the crowd in the Columbus Club parking lot before a triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The event staff was in charge of keeping the event safe and had individuals at specific markers to hand water to the participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lt. Forrest Schaffer, 14th Student Squadron Student Pilot, finishes the triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus AFB, Mississippi. The actual time of the athletes was calculated with ankle bracelets that were synced with electronic pads they passed over at the end and start of each event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Second Lt. Forrest Schaffer, 14th Student Squadron Student Pilot, finishes the triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus AFB, Mississippi. The actual time of the athletes was calculated with ankle bracelets that were synced with electronic pads they passed over at the end and start of each event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Five triathlon competitors pose for a photo June 3, 2017, in front of the start/finish line on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Every individual who participated in the full event had the chance to bike down the center runway, an unusual opportunity for most spouses and base staff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Five triathlon competitors pose for a photo June 3, 2017, in front of the start/finish line on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Every individual who participated in the full event had the chance to bike down the center runway, an unusual opportunity for most spouses and base staff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Athletes swim in a base triathlon June 3, 2017, in the Independence pool on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pool was divided into sections so the participants didn’t swim into others and to keep the distance swam as equal as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Athletes swim in a base triathlon June 3, 2017, in the Independence pool on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pool was divided into sections so the participants didn’t swim into others and to keep the distance swam as equal as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Maj. Alan Goncalves, 50th Flying Training Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, rides down Perimeter Rd. during a triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Goncalves finished the 22-kilometer bike ride in 35:24. He also finished overall in 1st with a time of 1:03:05. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Maj. Alan Goncalves, 50th Flying Training Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, rides down Perimeter Rd. during a triathlon June 3, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Goncalves finished the 22-kilometer bike ride in 35:24. He also finished overall in 1st with a time of 1:03:05. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Columbus Air Force Base held a free, base-wide triathlon June 3, 2017.

Starting around 7 a.m. competitors took off to complete the 300-yard swim, 22-kilometer biking route and 5-kilometer run.

Maj. Alan Goncalves, 50th Flying Training Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, came in overall 1st place with a time of 1:03:05.

Following up in second place was Lt. Col. Jeffrey Yost, 50th FTS, and in 3rd place overall came 2nd Lt. Holden McDaniel, a 14th Student Squadron Student Pilot.

Participants completed the 300-yard swim in the Independence pool. Individuals swam edge to edge moving left one lane after each turn.

From the pool participants walked to the bike racks to change into their gear. They then started the 22-kilometer bike ride from the club parking lot, down the flightline, and back to the parking lot.

From the bike racks the runners ran a designated 5-kilometer route to the finish line and celebrated with water and food the Red Cross provided.

“Going down the runway, the center runway, that was the coolest part to me,” said 2nd Lt. Forrest Schaffer, 14th STUS Student Pilot.

The runway may have been a highlight for some, but for a few competitors the highlight was their first triathlon and one of their first community events at Columbus AFB.

“This is my first Air Force base; I’m here with my husband and it’s just awesome,” said Ann Doll, spouse of 2nd Lt. Ryan Doll, 14th STUS Student Pilot. “Not only the military, but the triathlon community is just very energetic all the time and I had a lot of fun.”

The triathlon was free, but only open to those who have access to the base.

“We are looking into opening up future triathlons to the community to see how many people are interested in competing (from) off base,” said Col. Anthony Sansano, 14th Mission Support Group Commander.