Final TriWaco finisher escorted by 2 of city’s finest

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The last athlete to cross the finish line wrapping up the annual Tri Waco event in downtown Waco Sunday got a police escort of a different kind.

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John Tengra, 47, of Boerne, completed the Olympic distance triathlon, which consisted of a 1,500-meter open-water swim in the Brazos River, a nearly 25-mile bike ride, and a 6.2-mile run along the rover and through Cameron Park, in 4:40:44

But what had everyone talking as Tengra closed in on the finish line was his escort.

Waco police Detective Chris Jones and Moody police Officer Paul Gauthier were stationed near the Suspension Bridge during the event, which kicked off before 7 a.m. Sunday, when they saw the last competitor approaching.

“They asked if they could join,” Tengra said.

“That was a cool moment, especially when they take the time out of their schedules to support us with everything they do.”

The officers, both wearing uniforms, flanked Tengra on the bridge at around 11:30 a.m. in the blazing Texas heat to cross the finish line where the three were greeted by cheers and a shout out from the event announcer, John Morris, the signature voice of Baylor Athletics.

“Escorted by two of Waco’s finest, here’s John Tengra,” Morris announced.

Tengra says he’s been competing in triathlons for two years including the Tri Waco event last year and despite the tough hills in Cameron Park he has plans to compete in 2020.

“They were very encouraging,” he said.

“I definitely plan on coming back.”