As athletes readied for today's race and began warming up their swim muscles, a fierce storm moved into the area. Thunder and lightning with heavy downpours seemed to come out of nowhere, soaking the race compound and everything in it. The event has been modified to a run-bike-run.
Temps have dropped into the mid 60s as competitors take on the first run leg.
A more detailed race report is on the way, but here's the teaser (from www.xterraplanet.com's live race updates):