A Year After Brush With Death, Local Man Finishes Triathlon

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WACO (July 29, 2013)—A year ago, Patrick Murphy, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Central Texas, was in serious condition at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center after the bicycle he was riding collided with an SUV in an intersection during the 4th Annual TriWaco Triathlon.

Patrick Murphy

But this Sunday Murphy who was among the more than 800 competitors registered for the 5th annual race, not only finished the triathlon, but also finished first in his age division.

Murphy spent weeks in the hospital last year after suffering serious lung, shoulder, hip and rib injuries in the collision.

The collision last year happened after the SUV driver was directed to move through an intersection while the bicycle riders had a red light, but competitors had been told they didn’t have to stop for red lights so Murphy continued through the intersection.

Extra measures were in place this year to protect competitors, said TriWaco Triathlon Coordinator Ashley Futris.

“We have made sure that we have about double the staff working those intersections so that we have eyes looking each way and then eyes in the middle that can coordinate with everybody,” she said.

Murphy said the race would give him a chance to complete an unfinished chapter.

“I mean on the results, it says DNF, did not finish and that's not the type of person I am so I am going to finish this one,” he said.