By Marine Corps Cpl. Angel Serna
I Marine Expeditionary Force
CAMP PENDLETON — Like many before him, Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Kenneth Bell learned quickly that being a triathlete isn’t about some lofty, beautiful talent — it’s about hard work and dedication.
Late last year, Bell participated in the Mission Trails Regional Park Five-Peak Challenge. The challenge, which takes place in the mountains east of San Diego, is to hike at one’s own pace to the summits of Cowles Mountain, Pyles Peak, Kwaay Paay, and North and South Fortuna — all five peaks in the park. The total vertical elevation surpasses 6,000 feet.
Triathletes and other participants wanted to make it even more difficult and asked event officials if they could run — not walk — the 21-mile course.