ST. PETERS, Mo. – Athletes in St. Peters laced up their running shoes and made sure they warmed up for the second annual 370 Lakeside Triathlon.

The triathlon was an early morning start for friends Katie Walsh and Angie Walsh.

The two working, single moms decided to compete in the triathlon as a way to stay fit.

“Trying to get fit, stay healthy for ourselves and our kids,” Katie said.

The pair planned on making the super sprint, so they’ll swim, bike, and run.”I pretty much called her up five weeks ago and was like, ‘Hey, I need to lose some weight and start getting myself on a regular exercise plan.’ And this seems like a good idea. And she went along with it, so here we are!” said Angie.

Runners enjoyed amazing country roads, park trails, and warm waters.

This year the triathlon offered a variety of race options from the super sprint or sprint for newbies, up to half-distance.

A group of seven para-athletes with Emerge Everyone also participated.

“It’s wonderful. There’s nothing like the look on their face when they cross that line,” said John Burk, coach for Emerge Everyone. “When they stand on the podium and they can see they won…one of our athletes last year said, ‘I’ve never won anything before.’ And it just brings me to tears just to talk about it, there’s so much fun to watch them win.”

The triathlon gives young adults with various mental and physical disabilities a chance to participate and feel included.

“My daughter is autistic, and she loves to come race with me. So we wanted to spread this opportunity to other athletes,” Burk said.