Remember the old cigarette commercial, "I'd walk a mile for a camel?" Back in the '60s, that mile sounded like a long, long way. But that was then and this is now.
Blending physical endurance, mental strategy and raw speed, triathlon racers cover a distance of just under 32 miles (!), swimming 1.5 kilometers, biking 40 more kilometers and then finishing up with a 10-kilometer run.
About 1,000 such hearty souls, and about 300 relay teams, are expected to participate in a triathlon around Lake Mission Viejo Sunday to benefit the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
It's the sixth such annual event; the first five brought OCPAC $350,000, raised through entry fees and corporate sponsorships. The top finishers will split $12,000 in prize money, but, despite any lessons we may take from pro baseball and football, motivation isn't always tied to cash incentives.