BY RICHARD RHINEHART
Arlington, VA, June 9, 2011: “Competition is medicine,” says Marc Esposito, a World T.E.A.M. Sports veteran athlete who competed in the Capital of Texas Triathlon May 30. “It’s sparked new motivation to go farther and be stronger; in other words, be better.”
Severely injured during an IED attack on an isolated Afghanistan mountain pass, the active Air Force combat training instructor for the 342 Training Squadron at Lackland AFB turns to athletic activities such as World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2010 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride to improve his physical and mental well-being. The CapTexTri was the longest triathlon Esposito has yet participated and he did very well in his age group, finishing first.
“Self improvement is something we should all strive for,” says Esposito. “During recovery, it’s all the more important to continue to dig down and find energy to work through the barriers that stand in the way of life.”
Competition is something that Tina Ament knows well. Participating in the CapTexTri as a World T.E.A.M. Sports-sponsored athlete, Ament is a veteran participant of numerous marathons nationally, including the Boston Marathon. Blind since birth, the Virginia lawyer finished second in her age group at the triathlon.
Also competing was Virginian Timra Stump and Patti Jackson of Arlington, Texas, a member of the Steel Wheels Team at World T.E.A.M. Sports‘ Face of America ride from Washington to Gettysburg in April. Jackson finished fourth in her division. “Despite temps in the high 90’s and wind gusts to 35 mph, it was truly a honor to race alongside all of the active duty military, wounded warriors and challenged athletes,” said Stump of the triathlon.
A partner in the seven-triathlon national Toyota Cup series, the CapTexTri offered a purse of $50,000 for the professional athletes. More than 3,000 athletes participated in the Austin, Texas event.