“I just started this year,” said cyclist Alyssa Krasinskas of Atlanta, who dressed up as a zombie for a race held the week before Halloween.
On top of Krasinskas’ safety helmet was an electronic device that would automatically record her position to other racers in the 30-minute long CX cycle challenge.
“I wish more races had this,” said Krasinskas, who finished seventh in the Female Category 4 race Sunday.
Local organizers for the event said everything went off without a hitch as runners and cyclists from across the Southeast gathered in Pell City for the CX 5K run and bike race.
Eleanor Israel of Brentwood, Tenn., who placed fifth in the Juniors 10-14 Category of the CX bike race, said the racing bikes for this cycling event are a combination of mountain and road bicycles.
She said the frames of the bicycles are for road racing, but the tires are designed more for mountain biking.
Sunday’s cycling course was the same as the 5K run, which ran along the park’s nature trail or on the grassy park terrain. A portion of the event was along paved road surfaces. The course included obstacles for riders and runners to maneuver over, around or through.
“I really liked the course,” said Zach Andrews, 28, of Montevallo, who captured the top spot in the 5K run. “It was difficult, a lot of up and down. … I really enjoy the off-road stuff.”
Andrews is an ultra-long-distance runner, so he was forced to pick up the pace for the shorter 5K race. He had just competed in a 67-mile run last weekend in North Carolina.
“They put on a great event,” Andrews said of the first Team Magic event in Pell City. “It was perfect weather. You couldn’t ask for a more perfect morning.”
Organizers said there were fewer runners than expected, but the number of cyclists met their expectations.
“I really thought we would have about 100 runners,” said Therese Bynum, co-owner and director of Team Magic Inc., which was contracted to organize and run the event.
About 28 runners participated in the 5K run, while 150-200 cyclists participated in the CX bike race.
She said organizers plan to host the event on a Saturday afternoon next year to help pull in more local racers.
Race organizers said Pell City might host a half Ironman competition next year in which athletes would swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles, a sort of warm up for the Chattanooga Ironman Competition.
She said the event could pull hundreds of competitors into Pell City for the possible August 2014 event.
“This thing could be so huge,” said Ofes Foreman of Pell City, who spearheaded efforts to bring the first CX multi-sport event to Pell City.
He said Sunday’s event attracted people from Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia.
“I think this is a good thing for our community,” said Pell City Council President James McGowan. “It seems like it’s been a success. … I’m amazed at what they put together here.”
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