August 13, 2013
The Beaver Lake Triathlon — which will kick off its 20th go-round Aug. 17 — has a lot of repeat participants, but it seems only one man has done it every year.
Jon Carlson moved to his home on Beaver Lake in 1993, a year before a neighbor, Mark Stendal, resuscitated the triathlon following its disappearance in the 1980s. Carlson was one of about 200 people who did the quarter-mile swim, 13.8-mile bike ride and 4.3-mile run in 1994, and he hasn’t stopped since.
Stendal founded the popular event, but Carlson said he missed a year of competitive action.
“He claims I’m the only known guy that’s done them all,” Carlson said.