For 6-Pack, a landmark day
August 7th, 2011
04:22 PM ET

For 6-Pack, a landmark day

They did it! CNN's Sixpack,  Joaquin Brignoni, Stasia Cirricione, Kendrick Henley, Nina Lovel, Kas Seerla, and Scott Zahn,  are officially triathletes after successfully completing the Nautica New York City Triathlon on Sunday, as part of the Fit Nation 2011 Triathlon Challenge.

The adventure began bright and early when the group met at 3:40 a.m. to be shuttled over to the race site. It was pouring rain and a little chilly but nothing could dampen the morning's excitement. After a delayed race start, the Sixpack jumped in to the Hudson around 6:40 a.m. All finished the race, with Joaquin Brignoni coming in first for the 6-Pack.

As part of the Triathlon Challenge, each person teamed up with a triathlon coach in his or her hometown. Several of those coaches joined the crew for their race in New York, including Mary Ann Sedor, Keither Klebacha, Dawn McPherson, Regan Kust, and Corey Kunzer.

The day was not without some tragedy and near misses, however. Kust was involved in a bike wreck along the West Side Highway and had to have several stitches to her wrist. According to Bill Burke, the race director of the NYC Triathlon, two devastating incidents occurred during the swim portion of the race. A 64-year-old male athlete died and a 40-year-old female remains in critical condition at a local New York City hospital. The cause of both incidents is unknown at this time.

Other members of the CNN Fit Nation team who completed the  race include Anthony Fox, John Bonifield, William Hudson, Trish Henry, Caleb Hellerman, David Martin, Tim Langmaid, Charlie Moore, Roni Selig, and Jeff Kepnes.

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. mandatory training

    I wonder if once yearly mandatory triathalons should become a part of our culture. Society would really have to shape up and that alone would tremendously reform our healthcare situation. Bravo to all the participants! It isn't even about being "thin", it's about being in shape and that's just plain healthy.

    August 7, 2011 at 17:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tony

    ...is the team name supposed to be ironic?

    August 7, 2011 at 17:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Starshadow Rivaulx

    Am glad that the SixPack completed the triathlon with flying colors – Sanjay must be so proud of them now, while he sets up to report out of Somalia. Rather bittersweet for him, certainly, but then there's always another year, right? Congratulations!

    August 7, 2011 at 19:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Patti

    CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Scott and the rest of the Sixpack. I hope you are proud of what you accomplished. Many people don't have the determination or heart to push themselves as you did. You are a positive example and inspiration to many!

    August 7, 2011 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. maura

    Way to go! The amount of training and sacrifice paid off-you did it!!!! No one can ever take that from you, and you are now one of maybe 1% of Americans who have ever completed a tri. You should be so proud.

    August 7, 2011 at 21:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Bud

    Congratulations but a little concerned that the gentleman on the left doesn't seem to have lost much weight training for a triathlon which is more arduous than a marathon!!

    August 7, 2011 at 22:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. marie

    Congrats! You have motivated thousands. Ignore any negative comments- you are all wonderful and a great inspirations for others.

    August 8, 2011 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Reddog

    Awww. I thought this was gonna be a story about "Joe Sixpack".

    August 8, 2011 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Stef

    CONGRATS 6 PACK! Don't stop now– a rule of triathlon is there is always another to do!!!

    August 8, 2011 at 07:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. AlwaysTri

    Really? Didn't your Mama teach you that if you don't have anything nice to say, you should shut your mouth? They're out there competing in a 3-hr-race, while you're probably sitting on the couch typing your rude comments. Unless you're capable of doing what they just did, you should really bite your tongue.

    August 8, 2011 at 08:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elizabeth

      Well said.

      August 12, 2011 at 08:45 | Report abuse |
  11. Robert

    Rock On Six Pack!!! I'm very, very proud of you. What y'all did is quite the accomplishment and an inspiration to many! Keep up the good work. I predict y'all will be doing Ironman events in the future and inspire even more folks.

    August 8, 2011 at 09:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Laura

    Congratulations, Kendrick and the rest of the six pack! Nice work, all - you all should be proud!

    August 8, 2011 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Margie Brownsberger

    Congratulations Stasia!!! Texas is SO PROUD OF YOU.......... and Kansas... and Missouri.....and Georgia

    August 8, 2011 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Carly

    Congrats! I did my first triathlon on Sunday too, the Iron Girl, and really loved it! I've been following this group during my training and you've really inspired me!

    August 8, 2011 at 09:59 | Report abuse | Reply
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  15. Mamamia

    Agreed. What a dumb-ass thing to say.

    August 8, 2011 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Mamamia

    Agreed. What a dumb-ass thing to say. But then again...a troll would feel the need to say something like this. #getoffthecouchmuch?

    August 8, 2011 at 10:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. john

    So maybe you should try a triathlon sometime. You'd probably be puking half way through.

    August 8, 2011 at 11:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. FeGurl

    Training for a triathlon does not a guarantee that you will loose weight. You will loose FAT and it will be replaced with MUSCLE, so while they may not LOOK fit on the outside they certainly are on the inside. Congrats triathletes!

    August 8, 2011 at 18:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Emmett

      It is ok but isn't ideal. The only concern I would have is that after biikng and running you increase the liklihood of cramping in the water. Not a good thing! All long distance races have swimmming first for this reason. It's an issue of safety.

      November 16, 2012 at 00:28 | Report abuse |
  19. and another thing...

    You should be SO proud of yourselves, six-packers!!! Way to go! I hope Sanjay sent his congratulations to each one of you individually....you certainly deserved it! You inspire me : )

    August 8, 2011 at 18:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. AgX

    Congratulations! Swim! Bike! Run! Be safe and have fun. Good work on completing your first triathlon.

    August 8, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Celeste

    Couldn't they have found more flattering pairs of shorts for this team? They look terrible on everyone.

    August 9, 2011 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. World

    Congrads to the CNN's 6 pack. Also to Zack. you mentioned that you wanted to be a big inspiration to your 3 daughters. I'm sure they are very proud of you.

    August 10, 2011 at 16:27 | Report abuse | Reply
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