LUBBOCK, TX -- The Buffalo Springs Ironman Triathlon will celebrate 25 years this summer.
The event started as just a triathlon in 1990, by a man named Mike Greer. Then, a few years later, it became recognized as an Ironman Half, or now called a 70.3, qualifier.
Thursday, the coordinators of the event held a meeting at Cafe J's in Lubbock to get on the same page, as well as enjoy some time together.
The triathlon at Buffalo Springs brings people from all over the world to West Texas to compete, which Greer said an independent study showed the event brings about $2.8 million into the local economy.
Greet said the Buffalo Springs competition is a great place for people to come and train for the big Ironman competition in Hawaii each year, all because of the areas unpredictability. He said the landscape provides a challenge, and so does the wind and dust.
"So it's going to be interesting to see what happens on race day, and, you know, but again, that's part of the challenge, and again, it's part of the diversification, and again, it's part of the reason that it's got such a great personality," Greer said.
Greer also talked about the early beginnings of the race, when the first competition had fewer than 100 competitors.
"All 91 people enjoyed it, and I knew we had a winner. Now, did I suspect it was going to be the international, have the international popularity, and reputation? No," Greer said. "I really honestly didn't, and I didn't speculate, and I wasn't dreaming, it was just, let me put on a good race here, we'll do this short distance, and we'll have fun and that will be it, and then it just started escalating."
Greer said he's enjoyed watching the event grow each year and hopes it continues, all while always having safety their first priority.
This year's event is on June 29th. You can find more information here, on their website.
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