El Paso’s only all-female triathlon is about to get a much broader audience.
Race El Paso and KTSM-TV have partnered to broadcast the Mighty Mujer Triathlon on the air and online April 21.
“We are thrilled to have KTSM as our broadcast partner,” Gallegos said. “For our athletes, it’s going to be something very special where they have all kinds of supporters at the race and at home as well.”
KTSM’s News Director Elizabeth O’Hara said a broadcast of a triathlon has never happened in El Paso.
“The Mighty Mujer Triathlon is unique, it’s high energy and it deserves to have a wider audience,” O’Hara said. “In much the same way the Houston Marathon has become a huge community event, we feel Mujer will be the same in our city.”
KTSM will begin its broadcast of the Mighty Mujer Triathlon at 7:30 a.m. and continue on-air for 30-minutes. The broadcast will then continue on Facebook Live through the morning, with live crews set up along the route and the finish line.
“We will have cameras at the pool, in the transition area, along Alabama Street, Heartbreak Hill and the finish line so that we can capture as many athletes as we can,” said O’Hara.
The Mighty Mujer Triathlon is the brainchild of Gallegos who started the race in 2011. The first race had approximately 300 athletes, 85% of which had never participated in a triathlon previously. Since then, Mujer has had up to 500 participants and continues to attract new athletes.
“We have a diverse group of ages 12 to 72 and they come from all over the country,” Gallegos said. “Although many of them start off not having been an triathlete, they leave knowing they conquered the course and their fears. And for many, it becomes a part of their lives, they continue a healthy lifestyle.’
The Mighty Mujer offers two different distances for participants. The Super Sprint race is a 300-yard swim in the Memorial Park pool, a 9.2 mile bike ride through Central El Paso and finishes with a 2-mile run around Memorial Park. The Sprint distance is the same 300-yard swim followed by a two-loop ride along the same route as the super sprinters cyclists and a 3-mile run around Memorial Park.
“It’s definitely a challenge but that’s what makes it fun,” Gallegos said.
Swim, bike and run clinics are hosted by Race El Paso in the months leading up to the race. You can find a listing of them here: http://www.raceelpaso.com/mighty-mujer/