SEALs, Civilians Compete in Superfrog Triathlon

Story Number: NNS050921-03Release Date: 9/21/2005 3:58:00 PM
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By Journalist Seaman Joseph Caballero, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- More than 260 service members and civilians competed in the 27th annual Naval Special Warfare Superfrog Triathlon Sept. 17 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif.

Whether as individuals or in relay teams, the contestants swam, biked and ran their way through the Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, Land)-designed triathlon.

The continuous circuit-style course started with a 1.2-mile open ocean swim and was followed by a 54-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run. According to former SEAL and Superfrog organizer, Phillip 'Moki' Martin, the triathlon is half the distance of the Hawaii-based Ironman Triathlon and was designed 27 years ago for SEALs.

"It was designed to get SEALs ready to go do the Ironman triathlon, which is held within a month of Superfrog," said Martin. "Civilians also come here and use Superfrog to tune-up for Ironman."

"Its basic difference from Ironman and other triathlons is it's geared more towards SEAL-type style because of the surf and the sand," said Martin. "We combine all the modern aspects of a triathlon with SEAL training."

The triathlon takes place in the same area and the same beach the SEALs based in the San Diego area train on.

"We've always had as our host the Naval Special Warfare command, all the SEAL teams, and the naval bases at Coronado," said Martin. "Twenty-six of the 27 Superfrogs have been supported by Naval Special Warfare Center (NSWC)."

The NSWC trains some of the Navy's officers and enlisted to become Navy SEALs. Not only do some of the center's SEALs participate in the event, but some of them also help out in the event by helping the wheelchair triathletes into and out of the ocean waters.

According to Matt Lewis, a volunteer for the event and a University of San Diego ROTC student, all the SEAL hopefuls are proud to help with the Superfrog.

"A lot of us hope to actually be out here one day going through SEAL training," said Lewis. "I've run this course before; it's difficult. What these guys (wheelchair athletes) are doing is incredible."

The overall male winner for the event was Mitchell Hall of NSWC with a time of 4:23:02. The overall female winner for the event was Elizabeth Daubner with a time of 5:06:15. The winner of the wheelchair division was Jeff Smith, retired SEAL Team 3 member.

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