Bush Library and Museum Triathlon Team Finishes Second at TriAggieland

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Three National Archives and Records Administration employees from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum placed second in the TriAggieland Corporate Relay July 15, 2012 at Texas A&M University.

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George Bush Presidential Library and Museum archivist Chris Pembelton and archives technician McKenzie Morse in the transition area during the TriAggieland Corporate Relay July 15, 2012 at Texas A&M.

This was a great event, and I was happy to be part of it. I enjoyed watching my teammates try their best, and give everything they had to accomplish a goal.

A three-person team of employees from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum swam, biked and ran their way to second place in the TriAggieland Corporate Relay July 15 at Texas A&M University.

The “Bushwhackers” team of archivist Chris Pembelton, archives technician McKenzie Morse, and admission clerk Eric Piñon recorded a combined overall time of 1:22:31 for the 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 3.1-mile run relay triathlon.

Piñon began the relay for the Bushwhackers, completing the 400-meter swim in 11:55.

“The experience was truly amazing, being able to do an event like this with my co-workers really made me feel like we are changing things in worksite health. It is great seeing the staff members take action in their lives by trying to be healthier and doing events like this,” said Piñon, who is also the Bush Library and Museum health and safety coordinator.

Pembelton, who completed the 12-mile bike in 45:03, is an avid runner who promotes exercise groups and programs to other Bush Library and Museum employees.

“This was a great event, and I was happy to be part of it. I enjoyed watching my teammates try their best, and give everything they had to accomplish a goal. The event was well run, and everyone was friendly. I can't wait for next year when hopefully the Bushwhackers can win it all,” Pembelton said.

Morse took up the last leg of the relay, completing the 3.1-mile run in 23:23.

“Although I have a solid background in running and cycling, I enjoyed participating in the TriAggieland relay because it gave me the opportunity to learn firsthand about the sport of triathlon, without the stress of having to perform in all three events,” Morse said.

Morse said she also recognized the health benefits of the triathlon and similar events for library staff.

“I am thankful to the Bush Library for supporting our team entry, and for giving our team this chance to share our enthusiasm for a healthy and active lifestyle with the rest of our staff,” she said.

Proceeds from the TriAggieland benefit the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley. For more information go to triaggieland.com.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries network. The Bush Library and Museum preserves and makes available the records and artifacts of George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States. We promote civic literacy and increased historical understanding of our national experience, and foster a community of public service and volunteerism by offering rich educational and public programs, original museum exhibits and access to our archival holdings. For more information visit the Bush Library and Museum website at bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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