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Jazz Fest Has A Triathlon?!

The 16th annual Jazz Fest Triathlon

16 years ago New Orleans resident Hunter Higgins created a triathlon with some friends that revolved aroundJazz Fest. This "unsanctioned" event has a small footprint — think blocks of strenuous exercise, not miles. But it's been a way for a growing local group of participants to show their New Orleans pride.

Triathlon founder Hunter Higgins and Jack Varuso do the watermelon sacrifice.
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Triathlon founder Hunter Higgins and Jack Varuso do the watermelon sacrifice.
Triathlete Brian Spitzfadel screams encouragement and orders.
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Triathlete Brian Spitzfadel screams encouragement and orders.
Finishers of the Jazz Fest Triathalon run around the racetrack.
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Finishers of the Jazz Fest Triathalon run around the racetrack.
Triathletes regain their composure and drink a beer in anticipation of swimming across Bayou St. John.
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Triathletes regain their composure and drink a beer in anticipation of swimming across Bayou St. John.
Participants swim across Bayou St. John to complete the triathlon.
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Participants swim across Bayou St. John to complete the triathlon.

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