Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon has successful attendance at 2022 event – Shelby County Reporter

Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon has successful participation in 2022 event

Posted 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2022

By MICHELLE LOVE | Personal editor

PELHAM- More than 400 triathlon enthusiasts lined up early on the shores of the beach at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday morning August 13 to compete in the 37th Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon.

The triathlon is held annually by Team Magic in honor of Buster Britton, a Birmingham-area triathlete who died while competing in a fun race shortly after completing Ironman Hawaii.

The triathletes first jumped into the cold waters of Lake OMSP to swim in a 1,200 or 400 yard swim, then jumped on their bikes for the 24 or 12 mile cycle track race to finally end in a race 5.5 or three miles that got them to the finish line.

The runners competed while being cheered on by friends and family members, some of whom brought encouraging signs. After the race, everyone was treated to a special lunch prepared by Full Moon BBQ.

Faye Yates, CEO and Race Director of Team Magic, said this year’s racing was up more than 10% from 2021.

“We are thrilled to report that nearly 25% of the 436 runners were doing their first triathlon,” Yates said. “Working with Oak Mountain State Park, the Town of Pelham and Shelby County to keep this wonderful tradition not only alive, but growing, is so rewarding. This partnership is why this race is the oldest continuously organized triathlon run by Team Magic and one of the oldest triathlons in the country. The memorial to Buster Britton, a local endurance enthusiast who lit the fire of triathlon in Alabama, makes it even more special.

Joseph K. Bennett