Created: 08/11/2013 6:30 PM KSTP.com
(ABC 6 News)-- “I’m tired, but it was a great race,” said out-of-breath Rob Van Houten just minutes after being the first of about 90 participants to finish the 4th annual Rochester Eco-Tri on Sunday morning.
Van Houten, an Indiana native who just moved to Rochester, said he wanted to race for a cause.
“It’s for the kids, to give them a chance to go to camp, who might otherwise not have a chance to go. I mean, that’s really what it’s about,” said Van Houten
All money raised from the event go to the Camp Victory Scholarship Fund, which helped 275 kids go to camp last year who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
Founder Jon Zimmerman gave the eco-tri to Camp Victory to help kids and make it more fun.
“They’ve got the perfect location where we could bring the water element in, the mountain bike element in, trail run, spectators,” said Zimmerman.
The course consists of about kayaking for about 5 miles, a 7 mile bike ride, and a 3 mile run.
“The run isn’t bad, you can walk, but the bike you’re pedaling and you don’t want to get off,” said the first female to finish the race, Molly Cochran.
The event is expected to raise more than $5,000 this year.