Dec 2, 2013 4:02 PM by Sara Donchey
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Those hoping to run, swim and bike their way through the biggest triathlon event in Corpus Christi are probably going to be disappointed.
High Five, the promotion company that puts on the Republic of Texas Triathlon, opted to cancel next year's race.
Chris Nelson of the Corpus Christi Triathlon Club says there are a few reasons why.
"The intent was to watch the event grow, but after the second year...the event shrank," Nelson said. "The participation went down, and the costs went up."
The event only attracted around 400 people its first year, much less than organizers hoped for.
And participation dwindled to around 300 people its second year.
In previous years, the city didn't charge for traffic control services from the Corpus Christi Police Department.
That's changed, and Nelson says the several thousand dollar price tag has made it almost impossible to host the event on the bayfront.
"It's perfect, it's beautiful. It's a great place to ride your bike and run. But the costs associated with having it downtown outweigh any opportunity to raise funds or even to pay for the event itself."
Those who'd like to keep the triathlon in Corpus Christi want to buck the label of "fattest city."
Although he doesn't blame the city, triathlon promoter Freddy Ramirez hopes people will make these fitness and health focused events a priority.
"If some of these events go away, or if they're moved away, is that really good for a livable healthy city? I mean is that the direction we're heading to."