NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More than 3,000 athletes took to water and land Sunday morning for the Aquaphor New York City Triathlon.

The Olympic distance race consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, a 40-kilometer bike ride, and a 10-kilometer run. Participants swam in the Hudson River, biked along the West Side Highway, and ran in Central Park.

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And as WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, athletes had been preparing and training for months to complete the challenge.

2013 Triathlon

These triathletes were also celebrating Bastille Day. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Lamar Brown was among them.

“I swam about three times a week, bike four times a week, and run at least three to four times a week,” he said.

Brown, of the Bronx, is blind. But he does not consider it to be a handicap.

“Let me tell you something,” he said. “If I could see, I would not jump in the Hudson. So I think it’s just the adventure; the sense of accomplishment.”

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Travis Hawkins of Brooklyn, with the group Achilles International, is Brown’s guide.

“It’s the most inspiring thing in the world, and that has always helped me to get across the finish line,” Hawkins said.

With a rope attached to the pair’s thighs for the swimming portion of the event, and a tandem bike waiting for them into the other end, the adrenalin kicked into high gear.

Jordan Jones captured a repeat win for the men at the Triathlon, breaking the tape at 1:49:05. For the women, Harvard University graduate Jenna Parker emerged victorious as she finished in 2:01:50.

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