Dave burger was one of hundreds of people that came out to hit the water, peddle through the pain, and run past the finish line at the 22nd annual Henderson Harbor Triathlon on Saturday.
This year was the first that an Olympic distance was offered. It's 51.5 kilometers in total. The grueling distance may not sound like a good time to most, but for Dave, it's a different story.
"You got to make sure you're having fun. If you're not having fun doing this then it's probably not worth doing," said Burger.
The Olympic Division requires athletes to swim one and a half kilometers, run ten kilometers and bike 40 kilometers. That's roughly twice as far as far as the distance in the sprint competition, which used to be the only distance offered.
Burger was the first competitor in the Olympic group to cross the finish line.
"It's good to come out here and really try to go fast, so I'm really pumped."
Burger who won the sprint competition last year hopes to continue coming home with wins. He will be competing in the Iron Man competition in Lake Placid in just two weeks. Iron Man Competitions are 140.6 miles in total.
And that triathlon was a fundraiser for Children's Home of Jefferson County and Credo Community Center.
Friday, February 12, 2016, Watertown, NY