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Deer swims with triathletes at Kansas City Triathlon

On Sunday, the Kansas City Triathlon had an unlikely participant join the swim leg of the race.

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Triathletes were completing either 500-metre or 1.5K, point-to-point swims in Longview Lake in Kansas City, Missouri when a deer got in the water and started swimming towards them. The deer kept its head up and seemed unbothered by the hoards of triathletes just a few feet away.

Few people know that deer are exceptional swimmers, capable of achieving speeds of up to 24 km/hour in the water. They keep their heads up and use their acute hearing to stay alert for predators.

This is the first time in its 8 years of running that the Kansas City Triathlon has encountered a wild animal out on the course, least likely of all in the swim.

The independent race offers sprint, Olympic distance, duathlon and relay options over a fast and flat course in Jackson County, Missouri.