Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 7/14/13
As the early morning sun rose over the New York skyline Sunday, over 3,000 men and women jumped into the Hudson River and began the grueling Aquaphor New York City Triathlon. Participants — which included professionals, amateurs and the physically-challenged — all took the plunge to begin the 1.5 kilometer swim in the Hudson, a 40 kilometer bike ride along the river and finish with 10K run through Central Park. In the midst of the splashing athletes of various skill levels was the gold-medal winning Olympic softball pitcher Jennie Finch making her triathlon debut. The Aquaphor spokeswoman put her money where her mouth is and — after training with swimming,  biking and running sprints to build up her endurance —the 6-foot-2 beauty finished New York City's only triathlon with a noteworthy time of 2:51:15. Photos by Tony Mangia After Sunday's race, a beaming Finch — holding her ANYCT medal — admitted she has already entertained the notion of competing in the even more difficult Ironman
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