Life Time South Beach Triathlon

  • Orlando resident Mohannad Abuzant, 24, lifts his 5-month-old son, Mazem, as he and other tri-athletes finish the race. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. The race helped raise funds to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ocean spray splashes up as athletes hit the water at the start of the race. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson is carried across the finish line by her team "Thumbs Up." About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Veteran Gerard Sclafani, 23, proposes to his girlfriend, Caitlin Dorgan, a New Jersey resident and Triathlon competitor, before heading back to Fort Benning. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Athletes run out the gate at the start of swimming event. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathlete Sarah Haskins is the first woman to cross the finish line of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes watch the sunrise at the start point of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Ingrid Gambrill, 40, of Weston, stretches before the start of her race. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson, who was left disabled after being strangled in the 1970s, is taken to her inflatable by her team "Thumbs Up." About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson kisses the hand of one of her team members as she heads toward the water in the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson is pushed by Mickey Witte, right, as she prepares for the swimming event in the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson’s goggles are cleaned by her team member Mickey Witte, 33, of Miami, as she prepares for the swimming event of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • "Thumps Up" team member Mickey Witte talks with Kerry Gruson as they prepare to go into the water in the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes run toward the road course with their bicycles. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes stop at the rinsing area prior to getting on the bike course. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes watch the sunrise at the start point of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson gets her goggles cleaned by her team member Mickey Witte, 33, of Miami. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson heads out to the ocean with team members as they prepare to compete in the swimming event of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Athletes line up for the swimming event of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson comes ashore with her team members. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kerry Gruson heads out with help of her team as they prepare to compete in the cycling event of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes pedal past the Art Deco Park Central hotel. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Triathletes pedal past the Art Deco hotels on South Beach. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Kevin Hanover stretches for a run as triathletes cycle past the Art Deco hotels on South Beach. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • A triathlete cycles past the Art Deco Park Central hotel. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Gretchen Jordan, right, washes her hair as she completes the swimming event of the 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Cameron Dye crosses the finish line to win the men's 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Medal are stacked for triathletes who finish the race. About 2,500 people participated in 2014 Life Time South Beach Triathlon, swimming, cycling and running through the beach on Sunday, April 6, 2014. CARL JUSTE / MIAMI HERALD STAFF