Local dads create triathlon for charity


Two River Place residents, Conner Erwin and Brent Werbeck, created a full course triathlon  called Fool’s Race that they will be competing in and benefiting charity along the way.

Neither Erwin nor Werbeck have completed a race of this length before, with Werbeck never having completed a triathlon before. But they plan to participate to the fullest, said Erwin, husband and father of two sons, Van and Jet. He is vice president of sales for hospitality tech firm, b4checkin.

A full-course triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run. Competitors race through the events in order and without a break. 

“We expect the race to take us around 13 hours to finish,” said Erwin, who turns 42 on April 1.

Werbeck, 32, is the father of two and co-founder of Get More Reviews was a collegiate tennis player who borrowed a bike for the event.  

They plan to either do the race on March 31 or April 7, depending on weather and wind. The dates are close to Fool’s Day, hence the race name.

“Ideally, we want 70-80 degrees, sunny and very little wind,” said Erwin, who lost 50 lbs. last year and while doing so, broke his arm training for Ironman 70.3 Waco, which he completed in October.

Instead of finding another nearby, for-profit Ironman Triathlon to compete in, the two created this one. And instead of donating what would be typical Ironman fees — over $800 — they are each donating that sum to a charity of their choice, Erwin said.

He will give to the SAFE Alliance and Austin Pets Alive! and Werbeck’s charity benefactors will be Wounded Warrior Project and the LT Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation.